Author Archive

Calling Out for Story Republicans

Development & Work opportunity for Emerging Performers



The Story Republic is a travelling world of words that celebrates the place of story in Cornwall’s culture.​ A first of its kind in Cornwall and beyond, The Story Republic is an exciting programme of events and installations to delight and inspire audiences through the wonder of the written word.

The engaging front face of The Story Republic is a team of performers: The Story Republicans. They are a key element of the project who perform in schools, festivals, events; often outdoors.

See the website for more information about the project, The Story Republicans

We would like to recruit 2 or 3 Story Republicans to join the existing team for a programme in May 2018 and beyond.

The programme is aimed at emerging theatre performers who are interested in working in a variety of spaces from the street to galleries, castles to classrooms with a repertoire of songs, poems and short stories. You will need to be enthusiastic, at ease vocally and able to make yourself heard, keen to work in an ensemble, willing and able to sing and to be bold!  If you play a musical instrument that is a bonus but not essential. We do not perform plays.

You do need access to transport as some of the places are difficult to get to on public transport. This work is best suited to people living in Cornwall.

The artistic director of the Story Republican programme is writer and director Annamaria Murphy and we work with guest directors and singing leaders.

After the training there will be freelance paid work.  This is not a tour and the work is sporadic so we are flexible around other work commitments.

There are also opportunities to develop workshop skills in our Writers’ Block at Cornwall College Camborne.


Deadline for applications: Thursday 12th April at 5pm

Audition Date: Monday 30 April at The Writers’ Block, Cornwall College Camborne

Rehearsal Dates: Wed 9 – Fri 11 May at The Writers’ Block


To apply please send a CV and why you are interested in this opportunity to Amanda Harris

For further information please contact Amanda Harris

or call 07712331421



Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading


An evening of entertainment and fine dining

Wednesday 21 March, 7pm at The Writers’ Block and Trevenson Restaurant, Cornwall College

“Chocolate curls, white buttons with coloured vermecelli, pains d’épices with gilded edging, marzipan fruits in their nests of ruffled paper, peanut brittle, clusters, cracknels, assorted misshapes in half-kilo boxes…I sell dreams, small comforts, sweet harmless temptations to bring down a multitude of saints crash-crash-crashing amongst the hazels and nougatines.

Is that so bad?”

Extract from ‘Chocolat’ by Joanne Harris

An evening inspired by the book and film Chocolat through performance and fine dining at The Writers’ Block and Trevenson Restaurant, Cornwall College Camborne.

The evening begins with fine French apertifs and canapés in The Writers’ Block as The Story Republicans entertain and tickle your ears with poetry, song and readings.

You will then be guided to Trevenson Restaurant for a delicious 3 course dinner and coffee, themed around Chocolat and South West France.


  • Confit of duck and walnut salad
  • Pork Cassoulet
  • Chocolate Tart and Raisin Ice Cream
  • Vegetarian options available

The bar will be open and serving French wines.

A sumptuous soiree of fine dining, story and song bistro-style.

Tickets £35 a head, limited places so advanced booking essential 01209 616160.  Please state any dietary needs.

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

Continue Reading

Ideas from the Attic


Ideas from the Attic

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. 


Friday 20 April – Sunday 22 April

At The Writers’ Block, Merlin Building, Cornwall College, Trevenson Road, Redruth, TR15 3RD



An exhibition of Bill Mitchell’s landscape boxes, collage and sketchbooks from his extraordinary attic of ideas, the visions and curiosities of his imaginations.

Speakers, workshops, writing, making, Cornish publishers and a human conversation library.

A space to think, converse and create.


Friday 20 April

Skills Development Day

10.30 – 4pm

For writers, artists and theatre makers


Saturday 21 April

Cornish Publishers Day.

10.30 – 4pm

Open to the public


Celebrating the book as a vehicle for harnessing and sharing ideas and stories.

Exhibition of Bill Mitchell’s Boxes and Collage Books plus interactive activity and workshops.

Showcasing Cornish publishers.


Sunday 22nd April

The Creation Day

10.30 – 3pm

For writers, artists, theatre and film makers

Continue Reading

Speakeasy with The Writers’ Block


Well, our February Speakeasy brought a great mix of work shared in many a way. So, we just had to get another one in place and here it is.

Thursday 26 April 2018, 6.30-8.30pm

Are you a storyteller, a poet, a fictional writer, a comic or perhaps a musician? Well, this is where we want you! Come and experience some of Cornwall’s up and coming writing talent and discover the new. 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 and young writers. Mid teens, into adulthood and beyond! Short stories, poetry, song and spoken word.

To get involved contact:

To listen, book your free place at

Continue Reading

Mayes Creative Opportunities and Workshops

Spring 2018:

LAILA DIALLO Choreographic CPD Masterclass – Dark Skies: Bright Stars

SATURDAY MARCH 3RD 10am-3.30pm

Kensey Hall/Dance Studio (Daniell Road entrance), Truro High School for Girls, Truro Cornwall TR1 2HU As part of the DEEP SPACE project from Mayes Creative’s Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme, join renowned choreographer Laila Diallo working with Cornish dance artist Lois Taylor for a day of creative and choreographic explorations, inspired and informed by the concept of cosmic rays and the night sky.

Enrich your practice through a series of task-based methods to access the body and develop your own choreographic processes through new creative threads in this special shared workshop day with other dancers.

15 places are available at a subsidised rate of just £25 for the day, for full information and to book your place:

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


CALL OUT for Community Dance Performers

DEEP SPACE rehearsals and performance on April 21st, Sterts, Liskeard

Join choreographer Lois Taylor and other dancers from the community to help create a unique performance piece forming part of the exciting DEEP SPACE event from Mayes Creative at Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard on Saturday April 21st 2018.

DEEP SPACE from Mayes Creative is part of the Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme supported by Arts Council England, FEAST and Heritage Lottery Fund, and uses data captured from cosmic rays to inspire creative responses exploring our connection to the universe.

Your dance will be shown alongside work by the Sounds Vital community group and the core professional Company of the DEEP SPACE project.

Lois Taylor is a highly experienced choreographer who makes it easy for everyone to get involved and to find their dance. Men and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to join but you must be able to make all rehearsals. Dates for rehearsals are:

Thurs 22 Mar 7-9pm, Sterts Studio

Thurs 29 Mar 7-9pm, Sterts Studio

Sat 8 Apr 10-30-2.30, Linkinhorne Hall, Upton Cross

Sat 14 Apr 10.30-2.30, Linkinhorne Hall, Upton Cross

Fri 20 Apr Sterts potential pm/evening rehearsal

Sat 21 Apr Sterts rehearsal/performance evening

Please contact Lois to register a place: or 07730 586306


Land’s End Film Weekend: Three-day Artist Film Residential Course in West Cornwall with American practitioner Robert Schaller


Lands End YHA, Cot Valley, Letcha Vean, St Just-in-Penwith TR19 7NT

A unique three-day creative filmmaking workshop, led by visiting American film artist Robert Schaller and responding to the dark skies, bright stars, Neolithic sites and landscape of Penwith in the far west of Cornwall, takes place this spring.

The residency from 5th to 7th May is part of the DARK SKIES: BRIGHT STARS programme from Mayes Creative and is kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, FEAST Cornwall and Arts Council England.

Robert Schaller, an internationally renowned film expert based in Colorado, USA, says: “Penwith in Cornwall has one of the highest concentrations of Neolithic standing stones in the world. ​Spend a long weekend with me as a filmmaker coming to understand and film this transcendent landscape and its ancient stone circles around the Spring quarter day. We will be using non-toxic processes, processing our film in the open air, and investigating unconventional ways to capture images so that they reflect both the nature of the place and of ourselves in it.”

Black and white film, chemistry and processing equipment will all be provided; bring your favourite 16mm/8mm film camera (and some equipment is also available on request).  This will be a long immersive weekend with no other concern but how filmmaking can relate to these extraordinary and beautiful ancient sites.

Workshop fee: £180 individual or £270 company/institution.

Book via

Discounted Early Bird B&B accommodation at Lands End YHA in the beautiful Cot Valley can also be booked direct from 4th – 6th May inclusive by emailing by March 4th stating nights required and dietary preferences. Alternatively, camping or local accommodation can be found online.

More information at

Continue Reading

CPD for Drama and English Teachers

Cornwall College St Austell are really excited to be able to present this fantastic event. In conjunction with Miracle Theatre Company they have organised a continual professional development opportunity for teachers and practitioners. They hope that you will be able to join them, not only to be able to refresh your skills but also to allow you to connect more with others in the profession.

Continue Reading

Young People’s Poetry Competition – Charles Causley Trust

To celebrate the work of Charles Causley and to encourage young writers to follow in his footsteps, the Charles Causley Trust is again organising this popular annual prize for 2018. It’s free to enter and is open to all young people, aged 5-18, living in Cornwall.

Often described as ‘the greatest poet laureate we never had,’ Charles Causley was a poet of place and people. He spent most of his writing life among the scenes of his childhood in and around the small Cornish town of Launceston where he was born. Known for charity and a penchant for rhymes, his poems were popular with a huge and varied readership making him, in the words of his friend and fellow poet Ted Hughes, ‘one of the best-loved and most needed’ poets of the last 50 years.

Read Charles Causley’s poetry and be inspired to write your own poem on this year’s theme, ‘the Cornish countryside.’

Discover more, Charles Causley Poetry Competition

Continue Reading