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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 – betty.davies@keap.org.uk


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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 morrablibrary@hotmail.co.uk or posted to Morrab Library, Morrab Gardens, Penzance, TR18 4DA.

Closing deadline: 31 March 2018

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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

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Appeal to get Young People Writing

Paper Nations works in partnership with writers and educators across the UK to share and develop resources that give all children the opportunity to access regular high quality creative writing support.

One of the largest barriers facing young people who show potential in creative writing is knowing what support is on offer. To overcome this, Paper Nations in partnership with Bath Spa University, the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and Bath Festivals, is asking front line staff and industry experts to share events and current information on creative writing opportunities for children and young people happening in their area or online.

Discover more online with RIO and Paper Nations.


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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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