’discovering what’s on our doorstep’ during August 2009


Alyson Hallett, writer in residence during august

Alyson Hallett, writer in residence during august

Caravan – a company of people
Caravanserai – a place where caravans meet

August 12th  7pm onwards Fireside Stories Session:
local stories, legends and memories with local author Chris Pollard and others (more details to follow) – barbeque, bring food & drink to share

August 17th – 23rd  Poetry Week:

Expect to encounter poetry in some form this week – written, spoken, or as artwork plus opportunities for participation such as the fireside event ‘Food for Thought’ and Alyson Hallett’s workshop and open writing sessions. Local artist / gallerist Chris Insoll, will be creating and exhibiting a poetry installation in his gallery window. Caravanserai artists Annie Lovejoy (http://www.annielovejoy.net) and Mac Dunlop (http://thepoertypoint.wordpress.com) will be installing sculptural texts and audio / text structures on the campsite.


August 17th  – 23rd Caravanserai Writer in Residence:
Alyson Hallett (http://www.thestonelibrary.com) will be in residence at the project caravan. Alyson lives in Hartland, Devon she has published short stories with Virago and Serpent’s Tail and her book, The Heart’s Elliptical Orbit (Solidus Press) was published in 2003. She has also written scripts for Sky Television and drama for Radio 4 . Current projects include translating the poems of Jorge Esquinca from Spanish into English with Mercedes Nunez and studying for a practice-based PhD in poetry at St. Mary’s College, London. In 2008 Alyson took the third stone from her project, ‘the migration habits of stones’, to Koonawarra in Australia. This project will be featured on BBC Radio 4 on October 13th 2009.

Whilst at Treloan Alyson plans to give poetry readings for residents of Eshcol House Nursing Home, be in St Anthonys Church for a day from dawn till dusk, create ways to engage with poetry on the campsite, lead a writing workshop and be available for anyone wishing to discuss their work or ideas.

August 18th  2- 4pm Writing Workshop with Alyson Hallett:
Book soon as places are limited – contact Debs at Treloan
tel: 01872 580989 email info@treloancoastalholidays.co.uk
Meet at campsite reception at 1.55pm


August 19h  7pm onwards Fireside Session:
‘Food for Thought’
Alyson Hallett hosts an evening of poetry, art and music with guests, Penelope Shuttle -whose recent collection of poetry, “Redgrove’s Wife”, was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize – Chris from Troubadour Studios, and regular Fireside performer Mac Dunlop, poetry editor of Cornish World Magazine.
Barbeque, please bring food & drink to share.

August 20th  2- 4pm Open Writing Session with Alyson Hallett:
An opportunity to talk with Alyson about something you’ve written or dream of writing

August 22nd  from DAWN to DUSK,
St Anthony’s Church, Place.


images of St Anthonys: Annie lovejoy 2004

Alyson will be spending several hours in the church to write poems in response to the environment of the building and its surroundings. Her time there will be largely unstructured and will focus upon meditation, writing and seeing what arises from being in such a beautiful space, you are very welcome to join her. Thanks here, to Jill Edwards, Priest in charge and Peter Lankester of The Churches Conservation Trust.

August 24th Open Caravans 5 – 8pm
A celebration of caravanning.
robert-caravanRobert Gray (http://www.robertgray.tv) actor, collector and B & B proprieter (TV appearences include Channel Five’s ‘Hotel Inspector’ and BBC’s ‘Cash in the Attic’ and ‘Bargain Hunt’), will welcome visitors to his 1926 Eccles caravan ‘Tehidy’. Tehidy has appeared in many classic caravan shows and seen in plenty of glossy magazines. There is a photographic album that shows previous owners, giving a fascinating glimpse into caravanning in the past.

There are also two Roma caravans on site, a 1980’s Roma Buccanner and a 1990’s 27ft Roma Supreme (the Caravanserai project arts residency space). These caravsns are fine examples of crafted coachbuilt design sourced from a local collector and restorer Martin Scarrett.

Caravanning becomes more and more popular as people choose to reduce their carbon footprint by holidaying in the UK.  At Treloan we host a wide range of visitors and their caravans, from compact silver Airstreams to spacious practical Hobbys – this is an opportunity to open our doors and invite people in to experience the range of design, décor and homely attributes of many different models, we hope you may want to join in – if so, pick up an OPEN CARAVANS sign from reception to put in your window.

August 29th Portscatho Regatta Raft Race
Come cheer on the Treloan team as they race in the specially crafted raft made on site with boat designer Si Holman.
We hope Si will still be here for the race, but he & Cat may well have had to catch the weather for their 18th month Mediterranean sailing adventure.