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Penryn and Falmouth schools get creative for Story Republic project

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 25, 2013

  • Penryn College.Story Republic KEAP Exhibition. Penryn College student Ellie with her creation called Shore. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20130704B-003_C

  • Floss, from Mabe School, with her pirate porthole on display at Penryn College where an arts display in the shape of a ship's hold was created as part of the Story Republic Kernow Education Arts Partnership exhibition.

  • Artists, writers, students and representatives from arts partnership Keap inside the exhibition.

  • Penryn College.Story Republic KEAP Exhibition. Eliza from Mabe School in their ocean display. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20130704B-002_C

  • Penryn College.Story Republic KEAP Exhibition. Jack and Katie from Penryn Juniuor School with some of their sea gulls. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20130704B-006_C

  • Penryn College.Story Republic KEAP Exhibition. Jasmine with her Whale. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20130704B-005_C

  • Penryn College.Story Republic KEAP Exhibition. Alice from Perran ar worthal School with their fish display. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20130704B-007_C

  • Penryn College.Story Republic KEAP Exhibition. Sam from Penryn Junior School reaches for his Seagull. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20130704B-009_C

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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.

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.

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