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 – betty.davies@keap.org.uk


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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 handmadefilm.org 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: www.mayescreative.com

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)

BOOKINGS/INFO: www.mayescreative.com

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 bookings@mayescreatives.com 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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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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North Cornwall Book Festival – Volunteers

The North Cornwall Book Festival and its parent organisation Endelienta are run almost entirely by volunteers. We are looking for new people to join our friendly, welcoming team of organisers. If you would like to help us run our vibrant arts programme and hugely successful book festival, we would love to hear from you. We’ve listed below some of the areas where we need help. To know more, without any obligation, please contact on operations@ncornbookfest.org or talk to any committee member.

NCBF Website management
Populating the website with the new programme and all event and ticketing details.

Social Media (NCBF)
Setting up a facebook event for each book festival session, managing facebook & twitter and running ongoing social media publicity campaigns.

Publicity and marketing (NCBF and/or Endelienta)
Marketing and publicity to local, regional and national publications, radio, online publications, specialist interest groups, peer organisations and mailing lists.

Print production & distribution (NCBF)
Co-ordinating print production – preparing copy, liaising with designers and printers.
Overseeing distribution team for distribution of fliers, posters and brochures across the region.

Box Office (NCBF and/or Endelienta)
Managing / processing online bookings, e mail communications, box office phone bookings & enquiries. Helping operate box office at events.

Administration (NCBF)
Organising / booking authors’ accommodation and travel; invoicing & payment.
Liaising with publishers on publicity material, book cover images, free copies etc.

Volunteer co-ordination (NCBF)
Drawing up volunteer rotas  & liaison with volunteers in lead-up to festival, & overseeing during Festival.

Front of House / Concert co-ordination (Endelienta)
Supporting the FOH manager in all operational aspects of the concert programme

Site Crew (NCBF and/or Endelienta)
Assisting in the setting up and operation of the Festival site (marquees, furniture, signage, banners etc.)
Setting up for / clearing concerts. Car park supervision.

Fundraising (NCBF and/or Endelienta)
Researching and submitting applications to grant-giving trusts and bodies.
Developing sponsorship package and seeking sponsors.

Casual / seasonal (NCBF or Endelienta)
Endelienta Front of house evening staff, box office, stewarding, bar, car park.
NCBF volunteer teams – stewarding, driving, author support, bar, café, car park.

Find out more about us at www.ncornbookfest.org and www.endelienta.org.uk or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Gorsedh Kernow 2018


The Celtic spirit of Cornwall

“Let’s all support real Cornish culture” says Grand Bard of Cornwall

Expressing extreme concern at the lack of recognition of the importance of real Cornish culture in Cornwall Council’s recent budget plans and proposals the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn has written to the Council urging them to show support wherever possible for this important but often overlooked aspect of Cornish life.

“We recognise that the Council faces a very serious challenge in meeting the budget targets for the next five years,” said the Grand Bard, “but Gorsedh Kernow would nevertheless remind the Council that respecting, promoting and capitalising on Cornwall’s distinct cultural identity is also part of the Council’s business.”

Dr Davey acknowledged the obstacles faced by those who want to show support for Cornish culture in a tangible way, and now encourages people of all ages to take the opportunity to share their creative skills by entering this year’s Gorsedh Kernow Adults Awards and Competitions and Young People’s Awards.

“We enjoyed a very successful Awards evening during the Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture last year,” said the Grand Bard, “and we would really like to build on that success this year at Newquay and make it a regular highlight of the Cornish cultural calendar.”

Awards are given to entries that express the Celtic spirit of Cornwall and demonstrate exceptional endeavour or quality of work, whether it be in the arts, sports, Cornish studies or community service. Designed specially to take an even greater account of Cornish culture, the Awards and Competitions scheme is more flexible and less prescriptive and allows for entrants to demonstrate creativity in a variety of ways, including the use of digital media.

“Our Awards and Competitions scheme is truly open to one and all”, said the Grand Bard, expressing his delight at the support the Gorsedh Kernow scheme was already receiving, “but there is still time for more entries and I strongly encourage everyone to spread the news about real Cornish culture by supporting our work and helping us maintain and grow the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.”

Gorsedh Kernow Awards will be presented at a special evening event on the Thursday during Esedhvos Festival week and prior to the Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony at Newquay and award-winners’ work will be shown and displayed during the event, together with selected performances.  Information and entry details for the scheme can be found on the Gorsedh Kernow website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk

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Rosemary Lee, Choreographer – Artist Talk

Rosemary Lee | Artist Talk at Falmouth University

Wednesday 7 March, 6pm

Free admission, booking required

AMATA, Falmouth University

Rosemary Lee is a choreographer who makes large-scale, site-specific performances, solo works, short films and video installations that explore our relationship to our environment. She trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and writes and lectures internationally.

Rosemary is developing a new performance for Par beach near St Austell, commissioned by CAST and Dance Republic 2. The performance will be presented as part of the Groundwork season of international contemporary art in Cornwall this summer. She will talk about the development of this work and a range of projects from her 30-year career.

This event is organised CAST as part of Groundwork and hosted by AMATA. Talks are open to students and the public. Admission is free but booking is required.

Groundwork is a three-year project bringing international contemporary art to Cornwall, supported by Arts Council England. Field trips, workshops and events during 2016 and 2017 are building towards a season of new commissions and sited work opening in May 2018.

For more information about Groundwork visit: groundwork.art

Book via: www.amata.org.uk/rosemarylee

CAST website event page: http://c-a-s-t.org.uk/event/rosemary-lee-artist-talk-falmouth-university/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2006632736241719/

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