TIR HA TAVAS: AN VIAJ-THE VOYAGE

Tir Ha Tavas (Delia & Dave Brotherton) present a selection of songs in Kernewek, the beautiful Cornish language, and English. The songs, most of which are written by Delia and Dave, combine a sense of fun and wistfulness reflecting their take on modern Cornish life.

MEGAN CHAPMAN

MCMC Spoken AKA Megan Chapman is a critically acclaimed performance word artist Inspired by the rap music of Eminem and using the media of poetry, rap, freestyle and spoken word, MCMC spoken uses her diverse skills and interests to communicate views and visions of the world both as she sees it and through the eyes of others. She writes to connect herself to people and them to each other, giving the unheard a collective voice to be shouted out on stage.
A Creative Writing degree course at University gave her the space and time to develop her writing and the opportunity to experiment with performance. Whilst at University she wrote and recorded works in Europe, became part of a hip hop band and experimented with sound recording, never afraid to cross boundaries and make work that defied labels of rap, hip hop, spoken word or poetry and instead choosing to dispel the limitations and continue to be an artist of words who liked to perform.
Since leaving University MCMC Spoken has gone from strength to strength, carving out her reputation as a poet, working with local producers and rappers to make hip hop tracks, hone her freestyling skills and perform at spoken word gigs both locally and across the UK and Europe.

Anna Murphy of Kneehigh Theatre writes, “Megan Chapman’s poetry is heartfelt and rhythmic. Playful and political, her Art is in the right place.”

A passion for youth work and facilitating learning through sharing her practice with others. MCMC Spoken is committed to delivering workshops around the UK to young people, allowing them to explore ideas and issues through creative processes, again giving a voice to the unheard.

Catch her if you can and let her rhyme, rhythm and delivery leave you breathless and thinking anew!

INSPIRED BY HEPWORTH / Bob Devereux, Cees Hiep & Jane Lofthouse

INSPIRED BY HEPWORTH is a collaboration between CNMG members:poet/librettist Bob Devereux, soprano Jane Lofthouse & composer/pianist Cees Hiep

Cees Hiep decided, after studying classical piano and composition, to dedicate himself to composing and performing his own music.

His works have been broadcast on the Dutch Classical Radio Stations, BBC Radio Four and De Concertzender. His scores are published by MIEV, Amsterdam.

Cees is fascinated, by the possibilities the piano offers, especially by opportunities to make use of the sonorities of the instrument. His work is characterized by the creation of overtones which are inseparably connected to his masterful use of the sustaining pedal. Critics have commented on the subtle and complex quality of these sounds. His music is judged to be ‘highly atmospheric.’

When he first visited St Ives in 1995 he fell in love with the town, the artists community, the landscapes the light and the sea. Since then he has visited regularly. He became a member of the Cornwall New Music Group (CNMG) which had been founded by composer /pianist Paul Hancock and he performed with this group in the BBC Music Live Festival 2000.
He has performed with Bob Devereux and Paul Hancock, in St Ives, Penzance, Camelford and at Dartington Hall.

Bob Devereux poet/librettist: Since 1980 he has collaborated with many classical composers: Christopher Brown, Paul Hancock, Rudi Martinus Van Dyke, Johnathan Lloyd, Bryan Kelly, David Briggs, Stephen McNeff & Cees Heip among them.

Bob visited the Hepworth Garden on the day that it was first opened to the public and he was moved to write about it. Many years later in 2003 he was invited to perform in the Garden. This led to him writing a series of poems about Barbara Hepworth and her sculpture. It is these poems which Cees has approached in a very original way.

Cees was in St Ives and came across the poems. He regularly visits the Hepworth Garden and began to think about the relationship between the garden and the sculpture. He had a dream in which he saw the overall structure of the composition. The poems are set in powerful musical rooms created for piano and voice (no words). He has called the composition INSPIRED BY HEPWORTH.

Jane Lofthouse/soprano has performed in a wide range of musical genres. Her operatic debut was a Third Flower Maiden and First Esquire in Wagner’s Parsifal. Other roles include Santuzza, Michaela in Carmen,Dido (Purcell) and Mum in Albert Herring. She has performed in most of the standard repertoire Oratorios and Masses and also has a wide repertoire of recital programmes. She co-founded the opera group The Company of Singers and Players which, among other projects, presented a Purcell Room concert profiling Mascagni featuring rarely performed arias and extracts from his operas. In the field of contemporary music she has promoted a number of composers both through her role as co-founder and Chair of the Cornish Music Guild and as a member of the ensembles Pleiad and The Cornish New Music Group. In 1991 she was honoured for her services to music in Cornwall by being made a bard of the Cornish Gorsedd.

WHODUNNIT

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Whodunit podter

Rick Valentine Private Detective is called upon to investigate the murder of New York Mobster Frank Angel in this tribute to the 1940’s film noir gangster genre.

The play was written by Jason Calder and directed by Robyn Calder starring Nicole Tesseyman and Jason Calder.

Running time :50mins

Seats £8

Call to reserve seats07985 261181

LA LOBA – Enchanting the Wild: Susan Taylor, Jade Moon & Carolan Gizesinski


The poems are a summoning of the spirit of the wolf and represent that, often uneasy, border between humans and wolves, looking mainly at the positive benefit of wolves, as they have been, for instance, in Yellowstone Park. The wolves in La Loba’s pack are Mexican ones though, so the work strays into the domain of the colourful La Calavera Caterina and her magic. There is drumming, chanting and even some howling aboard this one!

WHODUNNIT

Whodunit podterWHODUNNIT

Rick Valentine Private Detective is called upon to investigate the murder of New York Mobster Frank Angel in this tribute to the 1940’s film noir gangster genre.

The play was written by Jason Calder and directed by Robyn Calder starring Nicole Tesseyman

Running time :50mins

Seats £8

Call to reserve seats07985 261181

The Big Frug

Join this amazing collection of poets, songwriters, musicians, story tellers and jugglers. An evening to remember!

WHODUNNIT

Whodunit podterRick Valentine Private Detective is called upon to investigate the murder of New York Mobster Frank Angel in this tribute to the 1940’s film noir gangster genre.

The play was written by Jason Calder and directed by Robyn Calder starring Nicole Tesseyman

Running time :50mins

Seats £8

Call to reserve seats07985 261181

St Ives Comedy Walk with Shanty Baba

Shanty paints a wickedly funny and zanny comic picture that will have you laughing around the town. You will never look at St Ives with a straight face again. It’s the alternative guided walk to the town.
Date: Wednesday 16/5/2018


Tickets £7 – no advance booking.

Jill, Jim & Jazz, Philip Larkin: Rod Humphries

Jill, Jim and Jazz
A brief and informal look at quite a complicated character
Philip Larkin is of course remembered as being one of the finest poets of the 20th Century…
But; he also wrote 2 very fine novels:
“Jill” 1946, and “A Girl in Winter” 1947.although he intended to write further novels; he chose to develop his poetry.
However, his friend Kingsley Amis in 1954 published the highly successful novel “Lucky Jim.”
Larkin was hugely influential in the writing of this and Amis dedicated! the novel to him.
And; finally,…
Jazz! Only 2 pieces I promise!
He listened to jazz for most of his life and wrote extensively about the subject.
In one interview he said, “I can live a week without poetry but not a day without jazz.”

1001 Arabian Nights- Adult Performance Storytelling with Shanty Baba

Description: A magical carpet ride of stories from one of the most enchanting collections of stories ever told, weaved together with the origins of the stories themselves and Sir Richard Burton’s famous translation. With film, animation and adult material.

Venue: Sir Richard Francis Burton Museum, 28 Trenwith Place, St Ives TR26 1QD
Tickets: No charge – pay what you want, but limited seating, so arrive early.

HEAVENS RAGE – FROM BOOK TO FILM


FROM BOOK TO FILM is an interactive session with both director and author showing and discussing the newly-released film Heaven’s Rage, inspired by the trans memoir of the same name. The session will cover the creative and technical process of screening a book.
HEAVEN’S RAGE is an imaginative autobiography. Reporting on feelings people don’t usually own up to, Leslie Tate explores addiction, cross-dressing and the hidden sides of families. Writing lyrically, he brings together stories of bullying, childhood dreams, thwarted creativity and late-life illness, discovering at their core the transformative power of words to rewire the brain and reconnect with life. ‘A Robin Red breast in a Cage / Puts all Heaven in a Rage’ – William Blake

Excerpts from Theatre on Wax’s film can be found at https://www.theatreonwax.com/
Details of Leslie Tate’s trans memoir can be found at https://leslietate.com/shop/heavens-rage/
An account of making the film can be found at FROM BOOK TO FILM

By Word Of Mouth-Adult Performance Story telling with Shanty Baba

Description: Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of storytelling. Shanty tells a fanastic range of engaging and captivating stories. From Greek myths, Indian epics, Celtic legends ti the dark side of the Brothers Grimm and much much more.
Sir Richard Francis Burton Museum, 28 Trenwith Place, St Ives TR26 1QD
Tickets: No charge – pay what you want, but limited seating, so arrive early.

IN FADING LIGHT – Ted Fairclough

The poems here often have the visual as a starting point. A view from a window, a domestic interior, a garden in evening, a still life perhaps; the common currencies of both painter and writer generating new ideas and possibilities. Indeed it comes as no surprise that several poems have come directly from a response to other artists’work.

A VIEW FROM THE CAB – Gray Lightfoot

The poetry and musings of a bus driver in Cornwall

Gray has been driving buses around the challenging lanes of Cornwall for almost ten years now. In that time he has taken inspiration from the wonderful things he sees from his cab. He was the first Lightfoot of his bloodline not to be born in Cornwall for over 350 years and because of this his passion for the land of his ancestors comes out in his poetry.
He tackles subjects such as his love for a minor road; the conspiracy theory of a giant lizard that wanders the streets of Helston; a nauseous sailing across to The Isles of Scilly and a bus driver picking up Death at an undesignated stop and many more. Having written three poems about pirates, he now lays claim to being the Pirate Poet Laureate of Penzance.
The book also contains the bizarre thoughts that pass through this particular bus driver’s head as he witnesses the behaviour of passengers and other road users.
Gray’s poems have been described as “thought-provoking and very funny” and he can often be found shouting them at people in the pubs of Penzance and around the various festivals in Cornwall.

ARTS LIVE presents SEA SONGS

An evening of poetry, music and stories set against a backdrop of projected images celebrating the sea
and coastline with special inspiration drawn from St. Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse.

Performers will include Carol Ballenger, John Powls, Susan Taylor, Simon Williams and Graham
Hodgson.
For information about Arts Live please go to: www.artslive.org.uk

Also at this event Ilya Fisher will be launching her book of photographs of the home of Gwithian artist Valerie Davide who painted the walls of her rooms in a unique way.

Albert Reuss in Mousehole – The Artist as Refugee


Susan Soyinka

(Sansom & Co., ISBN 978-1-911408-16-1)

Susan Soyinka’s new book ‘Albert Reuss in Mousehole – The Artist as Refugee’ is an excellent work. Susan has done a fantastic job, not only to research the book, but also to write it so clearly and with resonance. She has given air and light to a most important story, opened a door upon some truly great art and made something which, in the context of the world unfolding around us, is not only of historical and cultural importance, but has something to say about the experiences of so many people swept up in current events.

One of the many fascinating people to feature in the book is John Sturge Stephens, a Cornish Quaker who was Professor of International History at Birmingham University. In 1927 the Third Congress of European Minorities considered a report by Sir Willoughby Dickinson, which called for a thorough League of Nations Inquiry into all aspects of ‘the minority problem.’ In 1929, one year after the first revived Gorsedh, John Sturge Stephens delivered a lecture, which was later published by the Hogarth Press, entitled ‘Danger Zones of Europe – A Study of National Minorities.’ The League of Nations was trying to develop a ‘covenant’ which would assist minorities isolated by lines drawn at the Treaty of Versailles. It is clear from his book that Stephens was involved in the very early post-Versailles debates about how to protect peoples separated by treaty boundaries.

Stephens was later to assist Albert and Rosa Reuss to escape from Vienna as Nazism swept the city, persecuting Jews. The rush into exile, and the quickly adopted mindset of a refugee, affected both Albert’s artistic abilities (he was a painter and sculptor) and his art. In her book, Susan Soyinka describes Stephens as ‘a Cornish Schindler.’

With Stephens’ help, the Reusses ended up in Mousehole, where they lived out their lives. Albert continued to paint and to explore the depth and intensity of his experiences through paintings which are compelling and beautiful. Rosa battled to develop Albert’s reputation and market. He remained almost anonymous in Cornwall, and only slightly known elsewhere, but he painted constantly. In later life, after Rosa’s death, John Halkes, then directing the Newlyn Art Gallery, successfully mounted several shows of Albert’s work.

Susan Soyinka earlier wrote ‘From East End to Land’s End’ about the evacuation of Jewish children to Cornwall during World War Two. It was a carefully researched, well written book which opened a door of understanding about the emotional and spiritual effects of evacuation, the impacts of persecution, and the thoughtful kindnesses which the evacuees found in Cornwall.

During her research the author discovered the story of Albert and Rosa Reuss, and she has returned to it in a book of great interest, again opening doors of insight, exploring the creativity of loneliness, and hopefully launching an effort to bring the works of Albert Reuss to a wider audience at a time when the themes and expressions of his art are all-the-more relevant and acute.

Poetry and Music in the Square

A daily event in Norway Square, hosted by Bob Devereux. Poets, songwriters, musicians and story tellers gather to perform.

DES HANNIGAN/ THE ALMOST ISLAND:ATLANTIC CORNWALL


THE ALMOST ISLAND: ATLANTIC CORNWALL
The Almost Island is a work of beauty – lyrical, evocative and closely observed Philip Marsden
If you read only one book about Cornwall this year, make sure it’s this one. Western Morning News

Des Hannigan is a travel writer who has worked mainly for the guidebook publishers Lonely Planet and AA Publishing covering destinations as varied as Denmark and Pakistan with his specialities including Greece and Andalucía. In his latest book, The Almost Island, he has turned to his own backyard of West Cornwall with a collection of evocative essays and verse about the extreme reaches of the Cornish cliffs and sea; an authentic view of the world below the cliff edge and beyond the beaches, in the company of fishermen, lifeboatmen, coastguards, rock climbers writers and artists, and the most unpredictable player of all, the Atlantic Ocean. His illustrated talks range widely (you may even find yourself transported momentarily to Mongolia) but Cornwall is the main player.
deshannigan.wordpress.com

Poetry and Music in the Square

This is the first event in the 2018 St Ives Literature Festival. It will be a platform for those poets who have been writing A POEM A DAY FOR APRIL, but all poets, musicians and song writers are welcome.

Jill, Jim and Jazz! (Philip Larkin) Rod Humphries

A brief and informal look at quite a complicated character
Larkin is of course remembered as being one of the finest poets of the 20th Century…
But; he also wrote 2 very fine novels:
“Jill” 1946, and “A Girl in Winter” 1947.although he intended to write further novels; he chose to develop his poetry.
However, his friend Kingsley Amis in 1954 published the highly successful novel “Lucky Jim.”
Larkin was hugely influential in the writing of this and Amis dedicated! the novel to him.
And; finally,…
Jazz! Only 2 pieces I promise!
He listened to jazz for most of his life and wrote extensively about the subject.
In one interview he said, “I can live a week without poetry but not a day without jazz.”

Megan Chapman


Since University, MCMC Spoken has gone from strength to strength, carving out her reputation as a poet, working with local producers and rappers to make the hip hop tracks which have honed her,freestyling, skills. She has performed at spoken word gigs both locally and across the UK and Europe. Read More