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The Love of Poetry Sessions Continue

An introduction to some of the most inspiring poetry in the English language. This short series of sessions with Rob Lane, former head of English, have begun. They explore British and American poetry from Romantics to Realists, from the 19th century to present day. With two more sessions to go you still have the chance for your eyes, ears and thoughts to be opened even more.

Each session will illuminate the poems and….

Discover more this way.


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Finding Your Voice – and Getting Heard

When – Thursday 14th September
Where – Hay Studio, St Breock

You know what your brand does. You might know what it looks like. But do you know what it should be saying and how? Our Find Your Voice – and Get Heard training session is here to help you build a solid brand voice and content strategy, to connect you with your future fans and followers.

Inspired by rock-solid musical legends from Bowie to 2Pac, we unpick how unbreakable, unmistakable brand voices stand the test of time. And, once you’ve warmed up your brand’s vocal chords, we’ll help you devise ways of getting your message out there through original, fresh content that strikes the right note across all your channels.

This one-day course will be delivered by Stranger Collective and also includes a follow-up event on the 23rd November, to see how you’re getting on and address any challenges you encounter putting it all into practice.

Find your voice and book your place.

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How to Book a Tour

When – Tuesday 12th September
Where – Hall for Cornwall Rehearsal Space

Here’s one for thespians, dancers and the musically inclined alike. Booking your first tour is certainly a sign that you’re going somewhere. But how do you navigate the pitfalls and make sure that you make the most of it? Join tour-booking guru Mark Makin for a one day crash course on the ins, outs, ups and downs of booking a tour.

Mark & Penny Makin established makin projects in September 2005 to work with outstanding theatre, dance and comedy companies of all scales who produce high quality, accessible, entertaining and stimulating work. makin projects handle the national and international tour booking for these companies along with co-producing several new touring productions each season as well as acting as agents for a number of our comedy clients.

Here’s how to book your place.

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Farah Downing – author, literacy and art workshops

farah-bw smlI studied Engish & Drama at Exeter University and specialise in combining Writing, Drama and Art to boost creativity and help children reach their potential. I have been a teacher for many years and have been fortunate enough to work in a wide range of settings with varying roles. I also write stories for children and run Literacy workshops in schools using my stories as a springboard. Some schools have chosen to use the text as the backbone of topic work.

My first story for children ‘Paradise Park After Dark’ was published in collaboration with the wildlife sanctuary of the same name and the St Ives printing press. The story was released in conjunction with 40th birthday celebrations for the sanctuary last spring, is aimed at 3-7 year olds and tells the tale of what the animals get up to at night once the park is shut to visitors. The response from children and schools to ‘Paradise Park After Dark’ has been amazing! I am currently working on a multi-schools based Art & Literature project with my new story Tyrannosaurus Tate.


Contact: farahjdowning@gmail.com


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Ali Roscoe – Eye Opener Arts

Having worked in the field of creative education for over 30 years I have vast experience of inspiring children and young people and unearthing their creative potential through exciting workshops and adventures.

My creative ideas emanate from my love of narrative and nature.  I take stories, overheard conversations and day to day observations and weave them into new beings through drawing, painting, collage and textiles.  I take simple words and they evolve into a 3D installation.  I never know what will happen, but something does!

I’m a recyclomaniac by the way, so whatever you throw away I will breathe new life into it.


E –  pcpurrs@hotmail.com


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All Seasons Storymakers

For all seasonsAll Seasons Storymakers are Laura Salmon and Lisa Fresle. We have a treasure trove of tales and tunes from Cornwall and all around the world, to suit any theme you are working with. We invite your group to join in with percussion, song or rhyme, becoming story characters, making the sound of the whistling wind or crashing waves.  We can make instruments, puppets, craft, even devise new stories or music together. It is a fun way to support various areas of learning, including literacy, speaking and listening, creativity, environmental and local studies. We can offer sessions according to your budget.

Email   allseasonsse@hotmail.co.uk

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Cliff Eastabrook – The Travelling Talesman

The Travelling Talesman (Cliff Eastabrook) delivers lively tellings and stimulating workshops for ages 6 and upward. 

Past and repeat clients include: Childrens International Arts Organisation Annual Festival, National Trust, English Heritage and numerous schools.

Originally specialising in Northern European tales, folklore and mythologies Cliff has over many years expanded to include material from most continents and many time periods. 

Cliff offers themed sessions tie-ing into historic school projects including: The Iron Age; The Vikings;  Victorian Poetry; Medieval Life. 

Cliff particularly enjoys outdoor tellings and for his storywalks he creates a new mythology for a place based on site-specific features using traditional story elements and structure.

He is also a professional musician and has many years experience of film making (initially as a sound recordist)  so where additional elements are required for a project he is equipped to deliver.




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Mark Harandon – storyteller/character actor

Mark is a storyteller/character actor and live interpreter working with all age ranges from primary to adult.  He works with schools and organisations to find ways into topics; teaches storytelling to support literacy and uses performance storytelling in all kinds of venues.  When appropriate he creates interactive characters to tell stories.

With a background in teaching theatre, and as a storyteller for 30 years, his style is characterised by a large lively, sensitive delivery with strong characterisation, full of drama and humour.

He creates and delivers educational programmes and events for the National Trust and others and so his work embraces diverse subjects .  As such he is used to devising work to order.  Mark has also advised and trained teachers and national organisations in the use of stories as “hooks” in learning programmes.

Email   captainofthewest@hotmail.co.uk

Web   Mark Harandon

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Emma Spurgin-Hussey – playwright & creative writing

I’m a playwright and offer workshops on writing plays, as well as theatre- and creative writing-workshops. I’m used to working very flexibly so can create workshops to fit in with curriculum work and special projects, as well as provide masterclasses in playwriting – and can offer shorter workshops or activity spanning an entire week.

I’ve been leading workshops for over 20 years and worked with (amongst many others): Plymouth Theatre Royal; RIO; Cornwall Youth Theatre Company; Truro School; Brannel School; Bodmin College; Treviglas College; Stoke Damerel Primary School; Penryn College; Hall for Cornwall.

As well as writing and leading workshops I’m an actor and director, and co-run Bedlam Theatre Company of Cornwall and Bedlam Youth Theatre.

Contact: 01872 272695 or email esh@bedlamtc.co.uk


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