Weekend – Bookend

Posted: July 7, 2012 by Peter J in news
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Pete’s posts probably pulling out a little on CL – hopefully someone will take up the slack – here’s this weekend’s roundup and a good summer ahead wished to all :-).


Based on the I Ching, The Little Book of Changes, is published by Mandala Earth Aware, by author Peter Crisp after he returned from living in Seattle to Wadebridge.

Truran Books will be publishing Fal – Source to Sea by Sue Lewington in mid-July – a non-fiction mini-travelogue on the Cornish river (Truran Books is, I think, related to what was the ground-breaking Dyllansow Truran).



Mentioned in the last roundup, Books and Print Sandbox was discussed at Tremough backalong. The B&P Sandbox is a project which offers 6 applicants funding to develop (not necessarily physically) or experiment with, some form of successor technology or method to the printed page – for a period of 3 months. Intellectual Property is shared between the project participants and the sponsors Watershed (see below). Participants in previous sandboxes have included museums, researchers, visitor attractions &c. Although applicants are not limited to the South-West UK, could, perhaps, off the top of my head, Cornish language groups make use use of this resource in developing a means to support the language’s learning and use in “print” ? Or perhaps some people associating or experienced with one of the colleges, or printing or multimedia outfits in Cornwall ? The 6 successful applicants receive help comprising £50,000 and more. October 2012 is the deadline for applications.

The REACT creative “hub” are funded by Watershed of Bristol – who in turn are Arts Council South-West endowed.



From the tin towns of Cornwall, well-versed in tough times, Craig Taylor-Broad’s poem Living in the Depression Era, is featured in a Youtube video by Chris Trevena:

. . . and so is his unnerving After The Storm.

Craig’s one of the inventive Red River Poets, who, with several other poets, will be performing at Penzance Litfest. Their dates are throughout late July – the festival runs from Wednesday 25th to 29th July. Various other events at Penzance Litfest include writers from within and without Cornwall, including Patrick Gale and Liz Fenwick, and punk-poetry from rockers The Surgeons.

Staying in the RRP’s home patch, on Wednesday July 18th starting 19:30 there will be a music and spoken word event at the Melting Pot cafe, Redruth, and at the same venue on August 22nd, evening, is an event in the many-faceted 100,000 Poets For Change phenomenon – spoken word addressing issues.

11th-14th July will see the Garden interactive poetree events in the library, Hall for Cornwall and adjacent Lemon Quay / piazza in Truro.

Poetry Mine was at the Miners & Mechanics Institute in St Agnes 19:30 on Tuesday 3rd July.

The Poetry Cornwall anthology for 2012, edited by Les Merton, will be released later in July.



From Pz to Port Eliot, the Port Eliot cultural festival this year is the long weekend from 19-22 July. Various musical, visual and written artists will be performing or discussing their work – multi-media Kernocopia and Jo Lanyon are among guest features hailing from Cornwall.



The MAGA / Cornish Language Partnership newsletter has news about Kernewek – plenty to plunder this month: foremost is that more than a hundred school students will be performing scenes from Bewnans Meriasek* (Life of Meriasek), Noy ha’n Liv (Noah and the Flood), and the Ordinalia on Friday 13th July at 6pm, at Heartlands, outdoors if weather permits – attendance is free, but bring a rug or something to sit on :-).

Away in London, Cornish language student Gary Taylor-Raebel, working at the famous Foyle’s book store, has won space for some Kernewek (lyvrow=books) in their non-anglophone (Grant & Cutler) section’s polyglot new sign: just to the lower-left of the globe.

* Click here to hear a lively performance (translated to English verse by Myrna Combellack) of Bewnans Meriasek. This play about the Breton saint celebrated in Camborne, originally written in late medieval times in Kernewek, was featured on Sue Farmer’s excellent Do The Write Thing program on Redruth Radio.


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