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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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Speakeasy at The Great Estate

Step into the mystical world of The Whispering Woods and join us on a journey where stories and fables echo through the trees.

We’ll be taking our summer Speakeasy to The Great Estate Festival, June 1st – 3rd, 2018! Are you going? Come and discover the new with us in The Whispering Woods.

Do you want your ears tickled? Then this is the place to satisfy the need, have a good listen and discover what else is out there. A showcase and sharing event for emerging writers. From storytellers to poets, fictional writers, comics and of course we might just squeeze in a musician or two with thanks to The Writers’ Block. Come and experience some of Cornwall’s up and coming writing talent and encounter the new at the Speakeasy taking place Saturday and Sunday. Do you have your tickets ready and waiting as a festival goer and fancy an opportunity to showcase your written work? Well, this is your chance while there’s still space!

Contact Betty Davies and let her know –


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Job Advertisement for Creative Business & Marketing Advisor

Creative Kernow – Cultivator Programme

Job Description for the post of Creative Business and Marketing Advisor -Museums and Public Galleries 0.6 FTE

Cultivator is an innovative project providing an integrated programme of skills and business development support for Small to Medium Enterprises in Cornwall’s creative industries. It is funded by the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

The lead partner and the employer for this post is Creative Kernow one of Cornwall’s leading creative sector organisations; the project is managed as part of the work of Creative Kernow’s well-respected and long-established Creative Skills initiative.

Creative Kernow runs a number of projects in Cornwall apart from Creative Skills, with the key ones being Krowji, the creative workspace cluster in Redruth; the Carn to Cove rural touring scheme; the Cornwall 365 cultural tourism project and the FEAST community arts programme. The organisation is a charitable company limited by guarantee.

Cultivator partner organisations are Cornwall College, Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), Business West, the Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) and Plymouth University.

The project delivers creative specific Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG); mentoring; sector relevant training; a co-investment grants programme; internships and other activities with SMEs that enable students, graduates and non-graduates to gain industry relevant experience and skills. It works alongside the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (C&IoS) Growth Hub and generic business support provision to deliver bespoke and highly specialist coaching, mentoring and targeted investment needed to build capacity and maximise the growth potential of the creative industries.

This is now the midpoint of the Cultivator project, which currently has an end date of September 2019. From the experience gained during the first year of working with the museum clients, a need has been identified for a Creative Business and Marketing Advisor to provide dedicated to support to the museums and public galleries across all aspects of business support, but with a specific focus on marketing.

Job Description

There are five Creative Business Advisors at the heart of the project, each with a dedicated specialist area and as a team working across the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The role of the Museums and Public Galleries Creative Business and Marketing Advisor will be to:

  • Be the lead point of contact for museums and galleries sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly;
  • Act as a dedicated sector specialist and champion who will develop and maintain close working relationships with local agencies, networks and individuals as appropriate, brokering opportunities for the sector in Cornwall and IOS with a focus on the development of all aspects of business support with a specific focus on marketing across the museums.
  • Provide expert marketing support for museums and galleries, helping museums to extend their audiences and thereby help them grow
  • Develop schemes and access support for museum and gallery staff at all levels of professional practice in relation to marketing, in liaison with Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • Provide hands on support for museums and galleries to help them increase and diversify their audiences and increase their income streams, including support to exploit digital technologies to help museums and galleries maximise their impact and reach.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will also be required to carry out any other duties which may reasonably be required of you in accordance with the needs of the project. You will also be required to be flexible and adaptable with respect to your role.

  1. Delivery
  • Undertake Development Needs Analysis (DNA) sessions as necessary on a one to one basis with users of the service
  • Provide sector relevant information and guidance in relation to all forms of business support and marketing
  • Keep up to date with the full range of business support provision locally and nationally
  • Promote and develop opportunities for museums and galleries to network and trade locally through attendance at appropriate business events
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with the C&IoS Growth Hub connectors team; Oxford Innovation; YTKO and Unlocking Innovation Potential
  • Provide relevant and up to date sector specific marketing advice e.g. funding opportunities; knowledge of relevant sector development organisations regionally and nationally
  • Track and monitor museum beneficiaries at intervals as required
  • Develop all activities in line with the Cornwall Museums Strategy
  1. Administration
  • Assist administrative team and Project Manager in maintaining systems and procedures for the initial IAG and DNA services
  • Maintain data collection for Cultivator, in accordance with ESIF regulations, to include DNA records, beneficiary timesheets
  • Assist the administrative team in maintaining ESIF eligibility records
  • Provide regular reports to the Project Manager and Director on project progress against target and timescales agreed in the project action plan
  1. Finance
  • Assist the Creative Kernow finance team with the monitoring requirements of funders
  • Provide the Creative Kernow finance team with financial information as require
  1. Other
  • Provide reports for Creative Kernow board meetings and the Cultivator Project Advisory Group or working groups which may be instituted from time to time
  • Attend general staff and team meetings
  • Other duties as may be required by the Cultivator Project Manager or Director
  • Work closely with the Cornwall Museums Partnership team to ensure an integrated approach to marketing support services for museums and galleries across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Person Specification

Please note that only candidates who can demonstrate that they can meet all the essential criteria will be shortlisted. 



  • Proven experience of providing business support to SMEs
  • Proven experience of providing marketing support to SMEs
  • Proven knowledge of how creative industries microbusinesses and SMEs operate and the criteria for business success
  • Proven knowledge of development and execution of all aspects of marketing plans
  • Understanding of the use of all social media platforms in relation to marketing
  • Knowledge of the range of business functions such as marketing, financial, operational and management, and how they are inter-related in a small business (i.e. a generalist’s perspective)
  • Competent level of computer literacy in use of Windows, Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint
  • Proven ability to use communications technology effectively across a range of platforms
  • Ability to produce accurate and well-presented written documents
  • Ability to conduct meetings
  • Proven experience of dealing effectively with customer inquiries
  • Ability to communicate one to one effectively and with empathy
  • Ability to use appropriate questioning and listening skills to gather information
  • Full valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for business use


  • Proven knowledge of Cornwall’s Creative Industries sector
  • Proven knowledge of the Museums and Galleries sector
  • Trained in life coaching or counselling skills

Personal Attributes


  • Flexible, adaptable, able to work on own initiative within a small team
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and customer service skills, including an effective telephone manner
  • Very well organised with excellent time management skills; reliable and with the ability to self-motivate
  • Committed to equal opportunities
  • Able to work to tight deadlines

Organisational structure

The Creative Business and Marketing Advisor reports to the Project Manager and Cultivator Director

Key conditions of work


Permanent contract (please note that the funding for this project is expected to run until the end of September 2019)


£31,500 pro rata (£18,900 on 0.6 FTE basis)


Creative Kernow will automatically enrol you into The People’s Pension on 1st November 2016 if, on that date, you are: aged at least 22 but you are under State Pension age earning more that £10,000 a year (£833 per month).

If you don’t meet these criteria on 1st November but you do meet them at a later date, we will automatically enrol you into the scheme then.

If you are eligible to join, Creative Kernow will contribute 1% of your salary until 30th September 2017, 2% for the next 12 months and 3% from 1st October 2018.  More details about the scheme are available on request.

Holidays                                4 weeks a year rising to 5 weeks over 5 years plus bank holidays (pro rata)

Hours                                     22.5 hours per week

There is some degree of flexitime, but the post-holder will normally be required to work 5 days per week from 10am – 4pm as core hours.  From time to time staff will be required to work unsociable hours.  A TOIL system operates rather than payment of overtime, this is negotiable with the Project Manager.

Place of work                     

The Cultivator office at Krowji, West Park, Redruth TR15 3AJ. The role will involve attendance at meetings or events elsewhere.

Probationary period          There will be a four month probationary period

Equality and Diversity

Creative Kernow is committed to equality of opportunity in employment practices and the provision of services and expects that its policy will be supported by everyone in the organisation.

In line with our Flexible Working Policy, this post is open for applicants who wish to apply as a job-share partnership.  Both candidates should complete an application form and state that they wish to be considered together.


For an informal discussion about the post, please feel free to call Jane Sutherland at the office on 01209 313200.

Please contact Cultivator for the application which will need to be returned by email to by 12 noon on Wednesday 6th June 2018.


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Mayes Creative Opportunities and Workshops

STARS & STONES: Sound & Film Jams

FREE site-specific artist development days

Produced by Mayes Creative, delivered in partnership with Cultivator and supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England, Cornwall Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST Cornwall

Wednesday May 2nd, Thursday May 3rd & Friday May 4th 2018

Penwith Stone Circles, West Cornwall

Free, booking required with £10 deposit repaid on attendance & receipt of feedback

FREE site-specific artist CPD at its most interesting, working with sound and film practitioners in the beautiful settings of Penwith stone circles The Merry Maidens, Nine Maidens and Boscawen Un. Sign up for a half day or a full day session with us on the Weds 2nd or Thurs 3rd May, then join us for our shared editing day at Land’s End YHA, Cot Valley, St Just on Friday 4th May. You’ll get a chance to work alongside Paper Cinema’s Chris Reed from Bristol, recording environmental sound, with Cornish practitioner Robin Tyndale-Biscoe undertaking sonic testing of ancient sites, and with US practitioner Robert Schaller of in Colorado on site-specific analogue filming and hand processing using friendly chemicals. An open editing day follows at Land’s End YHA where we can process & look at what we have created.

All locations/meeting points are weather dependent so please book and we will inform participants of any changes.

Wednesday May 2nd – 10am – 1pm Merry Maidens / 2pm-5pm Nine Maidens

Thursday May 3rd – 10am – 1pm Merry Maidens / 2pm-5pm Boscawen Un

Friday May 4th – 10am – 4pm Lands End YHA for editing day (no sign up needed) and wet weather contingency for 2nd/3rd May

Cost:  Offered FREE thanks to Cultivator, Heritage Lottery Fund & FEAST, £10 fully refundable booking fee

Bookings & full info:

Image: Ancient Light by Mel King













LAND & SEA: Land’s End Film & Photography Workshops 

with USA Wilderness Filmmaker Robert Schaller

Saturday May 5th – Monday May 7th 2018, Land’s End, Cornwall 

Single workshops: £60 full, £40 half day
3 day residency: Early Bird individual £145, company/institution £215
OR individual £180, institution £270 (Includes all materials: reversal film/chemistry; bring your favourite 16mm/8mm film camera or share ours by request)


Join us for three days of special creative filmmaking workshops with visiting Colorado artist-filmmaker Robert Schaller, responding to the dark skies, bright stars, neolithic sites and archaeoastronomical landscapes of West Penwith! The three days of exciting workshops cover a wealth of film making principles that can be taken as a whole or booked day by day. In between we will be experimenting with low light filming techniques under our wonderful Penwith Dark Skies! Come and work with artist tutors to explore and get creative with shooting analogue film and hand processing in the wild!

We are offering:

BEGINNERS BOLEX 16mm pathway Saturday 5th May and/or Sunday 6th May

Both days start with an off-site filming session (Saturday, coastal filming at Porth Nanven, Sunday at Lizard Lighthouse) and then back to Land’s End YHA to process our work using kitchen-friendly caffenol. On Sunday we will join the reversal processing session (below). You will come away with all the basics on buying film and how to set up your own home processing centre.

MAKE YOUR OWN FILM EMULSION! Saturday 5th May (£60 full day, £40 half day 2-5/6pm)

Join our off-site filming session (see Bolex pathway above) returning in the afternoon for a technical session at Land’s End YHA. In the afternoon, Robert will be sharing his experience and leading a session of experimentation with handmade emulsion. Available as part of our ‘Film Weekender’ or book in for day/afternoon on Saturday 5th May.

EVENING SHARING SESSION (free but please let us know you’re coming) Land’s End YHA Saturday 5th May

Bring film and photographic work to share! Led by Robert Schaller

KITCHEN-FRIENDLY HOME REVERSAL PROCESSING Sunday 6th May (£60 full day, £40 half day 2-5/6pm)

Join our off-site filming session (see Bolex pathway above) returning in the afternoon for a kitchen processing session! Film artists Joanna Mayes and Robert Schaller share their interest in kitchen-friendly chemicals; reversal processing with caffenol (coffee, vitamin C, washing soda and salt) and peracetic acid reversal processing techniques, a new process that removes the need for harsh reversal bleaches.


Robert Schaller has been leading wilderness filmmaking camps in the USA for many years. We will be heading out to Tregeseal Stone Circle on Penwith Moors, considering ways of working with landscape, directionality and navigation. Robert will bring his portable darkroom and we will have a chance to bucket process our film out on the moors!

Email for details of shared accomm at YHA Land’s End

Dark Skies: Bright Stars from Mayes Creative is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and FEAST Cornwall.


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Ideas from the Attic… a look back

Ideas from the Attic…a look back on all that happened.

A festival of ideas, where they come from and how they are developed, inspired by director, designer, theatre maker, visionary and artistic director of Wildworks, Bill Mitchell, took place in April. The impact and development it had on many peoples thoughts, minds and creative practices is immeasurable. 

Enjoy the photos and feedback that follows.

– Just the most inspirational event I have had the pleasure of attending. Process, objects, ideas, talking, sharing and moving too.

– Amazing opportunity to think outside the box (no pun intended!). It made my brain fizz in a way it hasn’t for quite a while.

– I’ve been hugely inspired by the substance and the spirit of this whole weekend, the generous – but firm! – encouragement to play with objects, ideas, images and words to draw out stories and find connections. Thank you!

– Really exciting weekend. Taking writing off the page and making it a multimedia process. It gave me new creative processes for my writing.

– So glad I came. So many resonances in Bill’s remarkable work – and so many interesting and affirming conversations with like-minded folk. Thank you. I wish I had known him

Many thanks to Photographer Neal Megaw for the festival photos.

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Fuelling the Flame, Writing Residency

Two more residency opportunities at Cyprus Well, Launceston, Cornwall (the poet’s former home owned by the Trust).

These residencies will follow in the footsteps of such writers/poets as Alyson Hallett, Isobel Galleymore, Karen Hayes and, most recently, Cahal Dallat who was resident in 2017.

The two residencies, each of 3 months duration, are for writers interested in literary links to Charles Causley and Cornwall, as part of our larger, two year, project called “Fuelling the Flame”. This project is grant aided by Arts Council England with significant support from Cornwall Council, Launceston Town Council and Plymouth University. Literature Works (SW) are also a major supporter and will have special involvement in the residencies part of the project.

“Fuelling the Flame” runs for two years from February 2018 and, in addition to residencies, will support a wide range of events and activities to promote Causley’s legacy and engage with the local and wider community. The Trust is about to appoint a new Programme Director (and Assistant) and he/she will be the “line-manager” for the writers in residence. There will be four residencies over the two year project and this advert seeks to appoint the first two in 2018.

The residents will run and participate in a series of workshops and events coordinated by the Trust, whilst retaining most of their time free for their creative work. Some engagement with schools, colleges and universities can be expected. There is scope to accommodate the partners of residents at Cyprus Well subject to discussion with the Trust.

Fuelling the Flame

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Penwith Creative Writing Competition

Penwith Creative Writing Competition For Young People: Call for submissions

Deadline: Sat 31 Mar 2018

As part of Morrab Library’s 200th anniversary celebrations this year, they’ve organised a writing competition for younger people and students.

This year, as well as celebrating their history, they’re looking toward the library’s future – this inevitably leads to thinking about younger people and the local community.

The age range for the competition is 16-21 years and the theme is ‘Land’s end – a piece of creative writing reflecting contemporary life in Cornwall’. It is open to submissions of poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction – with a word limit of 750, but no minimum.

There will be cash prizes with 1st, 2nd, 3rd – £100, £75, £50 and a year’s library membership for each winner.

The judges are local writers, Katrina Naomi, Des Hannigan & Linda Cleary (between them they’ve a wide range of experience – from travel writing to short stories and poetry).

How to apply:

Submissions marked ‘Morrab writing competition’ should be emailed to or posted to Morrab Library, Morrab Gardens, Penzance, TR18 4DA.

Closing deadline: 31 March 2018

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