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Introducing our Historical Adviser

Meet Dr Dina Gusejnova, lecturer and researcher in Modern History at Sheffield University and author/presenter of the BBC Radio 4 documentary Tarpaulin-A Biography . dina nov 2018We collaborated with her on an oral history project on the Isle of Man in 2017 and she has agreed to join us as our adviser on all things to do with thinking through the historical research aspect of our workshops. She believes that Historical Fiction is an important way in which teenage minds can interact with sometimes impenetrable history.

She asks two questions of young fiction writers creating historical characters:

How do your characters see their lives developing?  If they could do something now, how would they change the world they live in?

She writes: By engaging with history, we open our eyes to the multifaceted nature of our world: the paths not taken, things that might have been, the factors which led to things as they are now, a universe of peculiar but forgotten characters, of past dreams and expectations.

From Source to Page to Stage. A performance to remember following their involvement in a Young Walter Scott Prize Imagining History Project. Thanks to the students at Sir James Smith’s Community School, all at North Cornwall Book FestivalPatrick Gale.
“these young authors brought a thoughtfulness and honesty to their work..” Laura Wood
See how assured and connected the readers look as they present their work. A fascinating and moving event. We wish them luck with their entries to YWSP2018.

Cornwall Odyssey ends at St Endellion

On 5th Oct, the team of writers who have been exploring their history and their sense of place will present excerpts of their work during the schools day at the North Cornwall Book Festival. We will be part of an event during which the Charles Causley Poetry Prize will be presented.

Our young writers will write and devise their presentation to show off their developing skills in using senses of place and history to tell satisfying stories.

https://www.ncornbookfest.org/

 

18th September 2018 – Into the woods, time-traveling the centuries back to the 1300s.

20 young writers from North Cornwall, digging with minds and pens to uncover the hidden voices of Penhallam Manor.

Results of their creative excavations will be presented at the North Cornwall Book Festival on 5th October.

Maybe there’s a winner of the 2018 Young Walter Scott Prize emerging amongst them, with the closing date of 31st October fast approaching.

http://www.ywsp.co.uk

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IMAGINING HISTORY IN NORTH CORNWALL

In partnership with Stephanie Haxon, English Heritage and the North Cornwall Book Festival, Newquay Tretherras School and Sir James Smiths School Camelford.Penhallam vista

18th Sept – field trip to Penhallam Manor

28th Sept – 2nd in-school writing session

5th Oct – Spoken-word Performance at the North Cornwall Book Festival

This completes a project, two years in the planning since Patrick Gale invited us to consider working with NCBF. It began with a first in-school session at Sir James Smiths and a first field trip to Launceston Castle. One of the participants wrote this:

It was as if my imagination filled in the missing blanks; who?what?when?. The atmosphere was amazing and it felt very natural to be writing here. I really enjoyed the free writing time we had to start our stories as well.

Thanks to Lisa Cooper at NCBF, Jennifer McCracken at English Heritage, Chris Eames at Sir James Smiths Camelford, and Jay Snashall & Ciera Harvey at Newquay Tretherras.