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The Writers’ Block makes BBC Cornwall morning news!

A big thank you to BBC Radio Cornwall for their feature on the Writers’ Block the morning of our formal launch party.

Thank you to Dick Straughan who met Amanda Harris at Troon school for the recording. It’s a great piece and thank you to Troon Primary school and their headteacher Julie Lamb for taking part.

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KEAP is now a strategic partner with Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council has awarded a series of grants to support cultural organisations and venues across Cornwall.

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Word is The Writers’ Block works

Over 80 children from local primary, secondary and home-education groups have been the first to explore the inspiring world of The Writers’ Block.

The first cohort taking part in the five-week writing course has included pupils from Brannel, Grade Ruan, Penponds, St Martin’s-in-Meneage and Troon. It’s been wonderful to watch these young writers find their feet and valuable, at this early stage, to have a mixture of children. We have a group that’s been very focused on boys writing and we’re working with Keskowethyans MAT, who have brought several children from a number of schools.

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The Writer’s Block is essentially an inspirational writing space made up of different rooms, installations and immersive experiences created from all arts disciplines, including music and sound. All of the artworks, sculptures and sound installations have been designed specifically to inspire writing and cultivate writing confidence.

Professional writers and educationalists Becca Gregson, Rob Lane, Joe Lewis, Annamaria Murphy and Wyl Menmuir have been leading our first series of courses,  gently coaxing and encouraging participants to see themselves as young writers from the outset.

From the moment they set foot in the building they were called writers, that is how they are regarded, that is how they are spoken to and that is how they now see themselves” comments Ellie Watkins from St Martin’s-in-Meneage.

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As part of our on going talent development programme, funded by ACE, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Ernest Cook and Garfield Weston,  KEAP have recruited performers, creative directors and emerging workshop leaders to join The Writer’s Block team as trainees. Observing and teaching alongside the course leaders is providing valuable training opportunities and professional development to a number of our Story Republicans, emerging Cornish writers, workshop leaders and creatives
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Feedback from the first writing course has been extremely positive with teachers and support staff commenting that the CPD has been the best training they’ve had since leaving college or graduating as teachers. For some, the children’s development and growth in writing confidence has been powerfully overwhelming.

Have a listen…

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Places are still available for next term and we can offer half or whole day workshops and immersion sessions if that better suits your school or group.  If you would like to find out more about the course, workshops and other sessions we offer contact:

Amanda Harris         07712 331421  (Monday to Thursday)

Helen Reynolds         07771 981094  (Mon, Weds, Fri)

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Newlyn Art Gallery are recruiting for a finance manager

Vacancy for Senior Finance Manager

Hours: 15 hours per week, (preferably worked as 4 x half-days)

Salary: £33,073 – £38,341 pro rata (band 9)

Deadline for applications: 9am, 5th December 2016

This challenging and varied part-time role will see the successful candidate working as part of a highly motivated team.  The role offers the right candidate the opportunity to take a lead in the further development of one of the South West’s leading arts venues.

You will be responsible for assisting the Board and Director in ensuring the sound financial management of the charity and will have line management responsibility for a part-time Office Administrator.

Job outline  Employee Spec and Application Form can all be viewed and downloaded from our website

Email your completed application form, along with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role, to with Finance Manager Application in the subject line.

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Pit, Paper, Porcelain

A big thank you to Becalelis Brodskis for this wonderful animation celebrating the work of children from St Dennis and Nanpean primary schools.

Alongside students from Brannel and Poltair, the primary schools took part in a creative writing project with writers and artists from The Story Republic.

Using the exhibits, mine-workings and extensive grounds at Wheal Martyn as inspiration, local pupils worked with our  creative professionals to write poetry and make book art sculptures.

All of the work went on display at the museum and White River Place and a number of the poems were performed by local school children at a special evening event at Wheal Martyn.

We’ll be running a similar project in St Austell in September and are already excited about what that area’s  young artists and wordsmiths  will create.

Watch this space!

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It’s City of Lights Saturday

Don’t miss out on an action packed day of creativity in Truro this Saturday – click here for  City of Lights Saturday 2015 poster

You can make a lantern at Truro Library with artist Clare Summerson
We’ll  be  upstairs in the community rooms from 11am ( donations of £10 per lantern very welcome to help pay for the material costs)
If you would like to book contact

You can also be part of the digital side of City of Lights and create a Lost & Found poster with artist Bridgette Ashton.
It’s a free drop-in workshop that involves painting, collage, drawing or printing.

It’s the last weekend of workshops before the magic of this year’s City of Lights Festival and if we don’t see you this Saturday, see you on Wednesday night, click here for more details on how to get the most out of your City of Lights night, Wednesday 18th November.



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