Penryn and Falmouth schools get creative for Story Republic project
PUPILS from schools across Falmouth and Penryn have been 'wowed by words' as part of a creative project.
Youngsters from eight primary schools and Penryn College worked with the Story Republic programme.
Artists, writers and poets went into the schools to lead workshops, sharing their skills and inspiring creativity.
Alongside this, students explored the work of Cornish poet Charles Causley, using his work as a springboard for creative writing, artwork, film and dance.
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The pupils made films, created dance routines, made story boxes and sketchbooks, and poetry fish.
All the work was brought together for an installation at the college, where a room was transformed into a ship's hold.
An open afternoon allowed the community to see their efforts and there were performances of music, poetry, films and dance.
The schools involved were Constantine, Flushing, Mabe, Kennall Vale, Manwnan Smith, Mylor, Penryn Junior, Perranarworthal and the college.
Among the artists working on the project were Anna Maria Murphy, of Kneehigh Theatre; performance poet, Mac Dunlop; poet and storymaker, Alice Maddicott; playwright, Emma Spurgin Hussey; poet, Sally Crabtree and Rebecca Gregson, novelist.
The Story Republic, described as 'a travelling world of words' has been made possible through the work of Kernow Education Arts Partnership (Keap). A programme of events, including the school programme, is running across the region this year.
Amanda Harris, director of Keap, said: "It is a new direction for us and the concept is already taking us to incredible places with our writers and inspirers. By mixing school work and lifework we're certain to drive some interesting results." The work by the students, and those at other primary and secondary schools in Cornwall, will go on public display at The Exchange in Penzance later this year.