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Call for Volunteers with The Writers’ Block

The Writers’ Block is an imaginative and customised space in the heart of Cornwall College in Pool dedicated to creative writing and literature.  Our ambition is to become the Centre for Writing in Cornwall.

We currently run:

  • programmes for reluctant writers with schools
  • special projects for targeted groups of young people and adults
  • an early years’ story sharing Little Story Seekers,
  • holiday workshops, young writers and illustrators groups
  • a Speakeasy for emerging writers
  • a memory café
  • writer events and a mini festival Ideas from the Attic


The ambition and programme is growing …


This is where we need your help. 

We are a small team with big ideas and are looking for a small group of volunteers who have a passion for creative writing and working with young people and the community.

These are the different roles which we envisage will grow as we develop.

  • Supporting writer-led sessions with young people (you would need both teaching and writing experience to do this)
  • Supporting individuals with reading and writing (in the future)
  • Helping at events
  • Advocacy and publicity



At the moment this could be quite sporadic and is more likely to be one-off sessions or maybe over a 5 week period of once a week.  It is unlikely to be on a weekly or monthly basis.

We shall have our first introductory meeting on: Tuesday 18th September from 5-7pm

Our first event with volunteers will a Fun Palace on Saturday 6th October from 10-3pm.

There will be other opportunities if you cannot make these dates.


How do I find out more?

Visit www.thestoryrepublic.co.uk/the-writers-block  or www.keap.org.uk


Contact Amanda Harris, amanda.harris@keap.org.uk  07712331421 if you would be interested in volunteering with us in the future.

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Lightbox with CAST

31 July – 28 August

Come to CAST to explore and play with shadow and light, make art and animation, and see great children’s world cinema throughout the summer holidays! Lightbox is a festival of free activities and entertainment for families, hosted in a specially constructed light box projection space.

Make and do workshops will run every Tuesday from 31 July. Drop into Helston Museum any time between 10.30am and 2pm to make shadow puppets, props, miniature worlds and wind up theatres. Then, take your creations up the road to CAST and bring them to life in the Light Box animation studio. No booking required. Please be prepared to wait if sessions are particularly busy.

On Saturday mornings drop into CAST between 10am and 2pm where there will be opportunities to explore light and shadow play spaces, dress up and pose for old-fashioned portrait photography sessions or have a go on the magical camera obscura portrait drawing machine.

On Saturday afternoons watch children’s classic films, world cinema and animation in the Lightbox cinema, with popcorn, drinks and a range of snacks available from CAST Café.

Special events by The Story Republic will take place on Wednesday 15 and Wednesday 22 August, including storytelling and song for pre-school-age Little Story Seekers from 10am – 11am, and interactive sessions based on well-known fairy stories for 5 to 8 year-old Story Adventurers from 11.30am – 1.30pm.

Further information about age ranges, times, dates and booking details will be available here from mid-July.


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Young Writers Shine on National Writing Day

KEAP and book printers TJ International are delighted to launch their newest publication Let the Adventure Begin… An anthology of short stories by children on June 27th at The Writers’ Block in Cornwall College Camborne to coincide with National Writing Day.

Children from Crowan, Blackwater, Fowey and St Mewan Schools along with the Virtual Schools and The Young Writers’ Group have all been attending sessions at The Writers’ Block.  All of the sessions have been led by professional writers Wyl Menmuir, Rebecca Gregson and Jane Pugh with the aim to foster a love of writing through encouraging children’s imaginations, developing their confidence as writers and giving them time to create and write.

The stories and poems in this anthology come straight from the young writers’ notebooks and reflect the stage at which they are now in their writing (and not yet where they aspire to be).  They are a part of a learning process to encourage an enthusiasm for writing which we hope will develop into a love of language and storytelling.” Amanda Harris, director of KEAP and The Writers’ Block.

The stories are of epic journeys, terrifying battles and terrible encounters with beasts and aliens.  Some are very funny, others poignant and many quite surreal.  There is descriptive writing where the writer is evidently taking delight in manipulating language and creating an effect for the reader.  They are all different.

The Writers’ Block is a place of wonder and imagination in which to create, shape and share stories and creative writing. Transformed, by artists and carpenters, from two disused classrooms, it is a unique space of inspiration and ingenuity.

Before, I wasn’t very confident which meant I didn’t enjoy it as much but now I’ve gained confidence and I really enjoy writing.” Pupil from The Writers’ Block.

One of our aims is to give a platform for children’s writing to give them a sense of a wider audience.  TJ International has given immeasurable support by printing this book.  Each child will be given a copy at the launch event.

TJ are proud to collaborate with KEAP on this exciting new anthology. Supporting literacy at the grass-roots level in Cornwall is something we have always been passionate about. We hope that seeing their stories in print will serve to nurture creative writing talent in the future. Hannah Vaughan, TJ International

For further information www.thestoryrepublic/the-writers-block






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TJ Intl and KEAP launch The Writers’ Book Anthology

We’ve had the absolute pleasure and excitement of collaborating with TJ International to publish The Writers’ Block Anthology.  TJ International caught up with Amanda Harris, our Director at KEAP, to discuss the publication:

First of all, tell us about the Writers’ Block and what it does for students in Cornwall.

The Writers’ Block is a space which has been created as a place dedicated to support creative writing in all different forms. Two empty classrooms at Cornwall College Camborne have been transformed by artists and craftspeople into a space which  ignites the imagination and is a focused place for people to write.  We run programmes for schools, early years, holiday workshops, sessions for special groups and adult sessions. We increasingly run literature inspired events at The Writers’ Block.

The bedrock of The Writers’ Block is school children and our focus on reluctant writers.

How did the idea for the Writers’ Block Anthology come about?

One the key motivators for writing is having an audience for your work. When Hannah Vaughan, from TJ International, suggested that they could print some of the stories which have been generated in The Writers’ Block, we leapt at the chance. What could be more motivating than seeing you work in print?

Why do you think it’s important to get students, particularly those reluctant to writing, engaging with stories?

I firmly believe that if you have a story to tell, one that you have belief in, that you care about, then you will make the effort to write it to the best of your ability. Some children feel that they can’t write, that they have no imagination, they don’t feel good enough, so they give up. Our aim is to unlock their imaginations and give them the confidence to try and then share their stories. When they come to The Writers’ Block, the children are writers. We want them to leave with this sense of self-belief from which their teacher can really help them with the more formal aspects of writing.

Why did you decide to turn the stories into a physical book?

What could be better than a book! So not only is your work in there but there are more than 60 other pieces of writing to read! The children can keep it for ever and also share with their family and friends. I can feel the pride already! It also gives us the chance to do a book launch. I just wish we could have included all the children who attended sessions here, however, it would have been quite a tome… We are also overjoyed to use an illustration by Bex Bourne, a professional illustrator, on the cover which captures some of the energy of the writing on the inside covers.

If people are interested in buying a copy of the Writers’ Block Anthology, how much are they and where can they order them from?

Each young writer is being given a copy.  Further copies are available priced £6 plus p&p.  Please email helen.reynolds@keap.org.uk or call on 07771 981094.

TJ and KEAP launch Writers’ Block Anthology

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The Story Republic – Summer 2018

A celebration of works by poet Charles Causley, playwright Nick Darke and contemporary writers such as Annamaria Murphy and Simon Parker. This bright-eyed troupe of charming word-sharers bring you Cornwall’s wit, wonder and idiosyncrasy, through short stories, poems and folk song.


Treloan Fireside Sessions – Weds 30 May + 15 Aug

Treloan Campsite,  Portscatho

Fal River Festival – Thurs 31 May, 7 – 9pm

Tresanton Chapel, Chapel Terrace, St Mawes 

The Great Estate Festival – Sat 2 + Sun 3 June

Scorrier House, Scorrier

Mazey Day – Sat 23 June

Golowan Festival, Penzance

Quay Day – Sun 24 June

Golowan Festival, Penzance

The Writers’ Block – Thurs 12 July, 7pm

Cornwall College, Pool

Port Eliot Festival – 26—29 July

Port Eliot Estate, St. Germans


Here’s where you can discover more and book your places for a range of our events: The Story Republic

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