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Wyl Menmuir

Wyl Menmuir

http://wylmenmuir.co.uk/

Wyl Menmuir is a novelist and editor based in Cornwall. His bestselling debut novel, The Many (Salt Publishing) was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. In November 2016, Nightjar Press published a limited edition chapbook of his story Rounds and in 2017, the National Trust published his story, In Dark Places.

Wyl has written for both Radio 4’s Open Book and for The Observer, and is a regular contributor to the journal Elementum. He teaches creative writing at Falmouth University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wyl is co-creator of the Cornish writing centre, The Writers’ Block, and has worked with Arvon Foundation, National Literacy Trust and Centre for Literacy in Primary Education on a series of high profile literacy programmes.

 
Jane Pugh

Jane Pugh

Jane Pugh is currently performing her one woman show, ‘Life Girl’ at venues across Cornwall and has been commissioned by the National Trust to write and produce a show for children. As well as writing her own material, Jane script-edits. She is currently editing four short plays for the Minack Theatre and recent credits include ‘Wolf’s Child’ by Wildworks and ‘First Light’ written by Mark Hayhurst and premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Jane teaches scriptwriting at Falmouth University, amongst other organisations, specialising in understanding narrative and the origins of storytelling. Jane has made a total of 27 short films, which won a total of 8 national and international awards, including an Oscar. Formally, she worked as a script editor for the BBC on single dramas, serials and long-running dramas.

Photo by Steve Tanner.

 
Pauline Sheppard

Pauline Sheppard

www.paulinesheppard.com

Pauline Sheppard is a writer and performer who lives in St. Buryan. She was a co-founder of Cornwall Theatre Company (1978). She wrote her first stories at the age of 7 and had her first rejection slip from Harry Corbett for her story ‘Sooty goes to School’ at the age of 10. Her first novel, a western, was unpublished, and should remain so. In her early twenties she made a living writing magazine stories, serials, and book reviews. She is best known locally as a playwright.

“I like to write about the extraordinary quality of everyday life.”

 
Simon Parker

Simon Parker

Simon Parker is a playwright, publisher and journalist. His plays – Third Light, Gonamena, The Illegible Bachelor, Seven Stars, A Star On The Mizzen – have been staged at a variety of theatres and on BBC radio. His published work also covers non-fiction, biography, memoir and short fiction. He founded and runs the co-operative Cornish publishing house, Scryfa. His work in Cornish print journalism spans 35 years of news, features and comment, as writer, editor and designer. A father-of-three, he is a bard of Gorsedh Kernow, and lives in Linkinhorne… where the devil was born.

 
Mac Dunlop - The Story Republic

Mac Dunlop

thepoetrypoint.wordpress.com

Mac is a Cornwall based poet who focuses on promoting the spoken word and performance writing. He founded ‘The Poetry Point’ (TPP) in 2007, a ‘writing hub’ which focuses on encouraging young writers and artists to explore their inspirations and creativity across different media and art forms. Mac worked closely with the artist Annie Lovejoy on “Caravanserai” – an Arts and Literature project on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula and edited the satirical ezine Politoons.

“A master of the monologue in action” Alyson Hallett, author, “The Stone Library”

The Poetry Point www.thepoetrypoint.wordpress.com
MacD’s Politoons www.macdunlop.wordpress.com
Caravanserai www.caravanserai.info

 
Rebecca Gregson

Rebecca Gregson

Rebecca Gregson is a novelist and journalist, perfect occupations for someone with such a honed skill for eavesdropping. She admits that the characters, dialogue and storylines of her five published novels are often thinly disguised versions of reality, fed by her complicated family and by her time in BBC and newspaper newsrooms. Rebecca works extensively with young writers in schools, and is currently juggling freelance journalism, specialising in rural issues, with writing her sixth novel.

Photo Steve Tanner

 
Taran Spalding-Jenkin

Taran Spalding-Jenkin

www.thecornishwriter.com

Taran Spalding-Jenkin is a Cornish spoken word poet and storyteller, writing in both English and his mother tongue: Kernewek. His work explores identity, mental health and hireth – the yearning for a home that no longer exists. While seeking to show  Cornishness is who you are, and not simply where you reside, he travels back and forth between experience and myth.

Along with performing his own work, Taran co-runs and hosts the music and poetry party Tonic, a night which puts inclusivity and inspiration at its heart. Tonic offers writing prompts and performance opportunities to people of all backgrounds and skill levels as well as free writing workshops every month.

He has performed and hosted across the UK, has been commissioned for theatre and radio, is the Cornish language voice of Piski Films’ “Henhwedhlow Kernow” (Cornish folk tale animations), and was a finalist in the Bristol Poetry Slam 2019.

Having struggled with anxiety throughout much of his life, Taran has finally found his voice on the stage. With a name that means ‘thunder’, he has had enough of silence.

Photo by: Sheridan Lunt

 
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