A Place to Write at Trelissick – exploring the world of the writer


A Place to Write at Trelissick 
From September 24th – October 30th 2016
KEAP and The Story Republic explore the working world of the writer at Trelissick this autumn.
Commissioned by the National Trust at Trelissick, The Story Republic’s artists, writers and performers are delving deep inside the ledgers, letters and collections to create new stories and artefacts to surprise and delight visitors this Autumn.
Through a series of artistic installations, new writing and a writer in residence, visitors are invited to explore, linger and reflect on this special place, its incredible history and place in the wider world; making the whole ground floor of the house A Place to Write.story_republic-logo
Artists Anthony Crosby and Laura Drayson have created five imaginative writing stations that will be placed throughout the house, enticing visitors to pause, put pen to paper and dive into the history of Trelissick told through the stories and artwork, which inhabit each space.
Love letters are brought to life sharing once secret words that stirred up the senses. From dusted off diaries we’ve dug out extracts of adventure from foreign explorers, and old ship’s logs tell tales of high seas and plant hunters. From worn leather ledgers, piles of paperwork list the fortunes made and the mountains of it lost.
Viv Henley, Visitor Experience Manager at Trelissick says ‘There are so many fascinating stories to tell that we’re really excited about this experience.

Every Thursday, from 11am to 3pm writer Mac Dunlop will be in residence to pen poems and love letters. He will be reading stories and poems and helping willing visitors to craft and capture their own writing adventures.
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At weekends the Story Republicans will be performing pop-up poetry, songs and short stories around Trelissick, some old and some new written by Annamaria Murphy, Pauline Sheppard and Keith Sparrow.

In the kitchen cafe, there is a photographic exhibition of insightful portraits of Cornish writers in their special writing spaces by well-known photographer Steve Tanner. The images are part of a much wider collection of photography and interviews available in the book A Space to Write which will be on sale in the Trelissick Gallery. a-space-to-write-cover

“KEAP and The Story Republic are really excited to be working with the National Trust at Trelissick once more. The house and estate have a fascinating history and our team of writers and artists have thoroughly enjoyed creating new work inspired by old ledgers, letters, lists and artefacts from the Trelissick collection. Our writers have created new stories and poems, the Story Republicans will be performing new pieces and our artists have created five new artworks that will be cited around the house” comments Amanda Harris.

A Place to Write opens on the 20th September until the 30th October. For more information http://www.thestoryrepublic.co.uk and http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick

House opening is Tuesday – Sunday 10.30 – 5.00pm (closed on a Monday)
Admissions: Free to National Trust members – non members £10 adult £5 child
For information about Trelissick please contact Vivien.henley@nationaltrust.org.uk 01872 861061
For information about KEAP and The Story Republic please contact emma.mansfield@keap.org.uk / 07872 062547
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