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Writers' collective re-form for one-off fundraising show

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 07, 2013

Some of the members of Cornish writers' collective Scavel an Gow who are reforming for a one-off performance in aid of the Q Fund

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A group of writers whose collective credits include work for the National Theatre, BBC Radio 4, Hampton Court Palace, Kneehigh, Wildworks, feature films, books, CDs and just about every village hall in Cornwall will be sharing the same stage in Truro this evening.

Q For Stories: A Celebration of Contemporary Cornish Literature is being held in aid of the Q Fund, which helps struggling authors.

Writers Anna Murphy, Pauline Sheppard, Stephen Hall, Amanda Harris, Mercedes Kemp, Simon Parker, Paul Farmer, Bert Biscoe, Pol Hodge and Will Coleman will be joined by a-cappella group Boilerhouse, guitarist Pete Berryman and actor Simon Uren, along with members of Truro College's Writing Squad Kernow.

Organisers say the one-off event, at Truro College's Mylor Theatre, aims to both entertain its audience and support the work of the Q Fund. The charity was set up many years ago to celebrate the life and work of Fowey author, Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, who is best known for his comic novel, Troy Town.

Pauline Sheppard, who is co-ordinating the evening, said: "The writers and performers will be joining forces to present characters you may recognise, take you to places you might know, and make you laugh and cry. They will be sharing not only their own work, but also the work of Q himself, poet Charles Causley and novelist Charles Lee, who was hailed by Q as the greatest exponent of Cornish dialect.

"Seven of those taking part will be recognisable as Scavel an Gow, a group of writers who toured stories throughout Cornwall and who are getting together for the first time in some years. All of the performers are known widely in Cornwall and yet they have never before shared the same stage at the same time."

Q For Stories: A Celebration of Contemporary Cornish Literature is at Mylor Theatre, Truro College tonight at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £3 for students.



Village Hall: New Social Table Tennis Sessions for novices on Friday 7pm-9pm.


St Peter's church Hall: The Fremington Friends of the Childrens Hospice will be holding a quiz night. Teams of 4-6, entry £5 incl soup, cheese and baguettes. Friday

The Goodwin Gallery, Petroc College, Brannam's Campus: Westcountry Potters Association 20th Anniversary Ceramics Exhibition. Weekdays from Mon to Oct 23.


Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.


Museum: Brixham's Connection with Dartmoor Past and Present with John Risdon. Monday 2pm for 2.30pm. £2 non-members.

St Mary's, Higher Brixham: Festival of the Harvest. Saturday until Oct 16. Fri - Opening service; Sun Church services; Wed 10.30am parish communion, coffee 10am-noon, Ploughman's lunch (exc Sun) noon-2pm; tea 2-5pm plus many more activities.

Berry Head Hotel: Antiques Roadshow with John Prestige. Free Entry. Valuation £2 per item. Proceeds in aid of a scanner machine for a hospital in Tanzania. Wednesday 7 for 7.30pm.


St Lukes church: Tamar Valley male Voice choir with The Much Wenlock MVC from North Wales borders. Guest soloist Rosemary Turner, Saturday 7.30pm.

Buckfast Abbey: West Devon Chorale, Saturday 7.15pm.


Village Hall: Monday night Bingo in aid of the Bugle Silver Band Supporters Committee eyes down 7.30pm.


Village Hall: Save the Children Craft Fair. Saturday 10am-4pm.


Dartington Hall: Military Wives Choir and The Plymouth Area Police choir, special guest soloist Jenny Abbot. In aid of and all donations to The British Legion Poppy Appeal. Saturday 7pm.

Village hall: Dartington Folk Dance Club Friday 8pm-10pm.


RAF Memorial Museum: Open daily from 10.30am-4pm. Donations appreciated. Details 01840 213266.


Museum, Barton Terrace: Galleries covering all aspects of Dawlish life. Wed-Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm.


Methodist church: Community Lunch, bring and buy, raffle, wheelchair access. All welcome. £5.50. Tuesday 12-1.15pm.


The Barnfield Theatre: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. Friday and Saturday 7.30pm.

Exeter Phoenix: Landscape II a new compelling solo work by Melanie Wilson.Tuesday 8pm.

New Theatre: Cygnet Theatre present Johnny Coppin and Mike Silver. Singing and guitar playing. Friday 7.30pm.

White Ensign Club: Meeting of the SW Group National Service (RAF) Association. Tuesday 11.30am.


Withycombe Methodist Church hall: Exmouth Folk Dance Club with caller Thursday 8pm. All welcome.


Royal Standard: Euchre Drive restarts Monday 8pm sharp.


Skills Centre, Well Park: Holsworthy Local History Society with David Arney who will talk about his from John O'Groats to Lands End. Thursday 7.15pm.


Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.


Parish Hall: Jumble Sale. Saturday 2pm. Proceeds St John's Church.


adjacent to Hall: General table top sale. Saturday from 11am-4pm.

Village Hall: Islington Parish Art Show, pictures and crafts by local people on view and on sale. Refreshments. Sunday 10am-4pm.


Langore village Hall: Light Lunch, homemade soup, dessert, tea/coffee only £3. Wednesday 12-2pm.

Eagle House Hotel: Launceston Stamp Club with an evening of postcards, trading 7pm and 8pm members display. All welcome. Thursday 7pm.


Car park 492 446: North Devon Ramblers walk Twitchen, Woolacombe down, Spreacombe. About nine miles. Sunday 10.30am.


Victory Hall: Table top sale every Thursday, sellers 5.30pm, buyers 7pm.


Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.


Church: Harvest Festival Sunday 11am.


Fistral Beach Hotel: Newquay Pentire Probus Club coffee morning. New members always welcome. Details 01637 878990. Wednesday 10.30am.

Sports and Community Centre: Blood donor sessions Friday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book 0300 123 23 23.


Palace Avenue Methodist Church: Coffee morning for Torbay branch Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Friday 9.30-12noon.


The Gott Hall: Soup n Sweet lunches, Monday 12noon-1.30pm. No need to book. Wheelchair facilities.

The Gott Hall: Coffee and Craft Group meet every Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome.

The Gott Hall: Prize Bingo. Raffle and homemade supper. Wheelchair facilities. Thursday 7.30pm.


Penwith College, St Clare Street: Cornwall Wildlife Trust seven mile Race for Wildlife. Sunday 10am. Day of entry fee £14 or £12 for UK Athletics members. Not suitable for wheelchair users; plus One mile Fun Run from 9.15am. Day of entry fee £5.

St John's Hall: Blood donor sessions, Monday and Tuesday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. To book 0300 123 23 23.


Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University: Blind or partially sighted musicians from around the world play songs from Iran, Lebanon etc. Saturday 7pm; Peninsula Doctors' Orchestra with Simon Ible, conductor. Sunday 6.30pm.

St Budeaux Methodist Church: Plymouth Clarion Choir, concert for senior citizens. Friday 2pm.

Devonport Guildhall: Pictures at an Exhibition art exhibition. Free. David Gray features his paintings with a Cornish theme. Mon-Nov 2.

St Edward's Church Hall, Peverell: Plymouth Railway Circle - Snow Hill and Severn Steam slideshow by Amyas Crump featuring GWR and early BR railways. Visitors £2. All welcome. Monday 7.30pm.

Derriford Health and Leisure Centre, Derriford Road: NCT Nearly new sale, toys, books, cots, etc. Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm. Entrance £1 in aid of NCT charity. Parking and easy access.


Gerrans Parish Memorial Hall: St Gerrans & Porthscatho Old Cornwall Society AGM followed by talk by Philip Rodda on Rodda's Creamery – A Family Business. Wednesday 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.


Methodist Church: Coffee morning every Tuesday from 10.30am-noon.


Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.


Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.


Long Room, Guildhall: Edward Jacobs on piano works from the great composers of our time. Tickets £8. Saturday 7.30pm.

Elliotts Store/Museum: Open Wed, Thurs, Sat, 2pm-4pm. Until end of September.

Mary Newmans Cottage: Open Wed-Thurs and Sat-Sun 12noon to 4pm Until end September.


Parish Church: Isca String Sextet. Saturday 7.30pm.

The Donkey Sanctuary: Autumn Craft Fair, Sunday 10am-4pm. £2 entry, Children U12 free.


Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free.


Football Club, Station Road: Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Restormel Branch AGM. Scandinavian Wildlife illustrated talk by top wildlife photographer Adrian Langdon. All welcome. Wheelchair access. Tuesday 7.30pm.


New Craftsman Gallery: Terence Coventry, Jeremy Annear and Judy Buxton, sculpture, painting, ceramics. Until Oct 12.


Church: Concert by the Haldon Ensemble (Mozart and Bach).Tickets £10. Sunday 3pm.


The Wharf: Music - Focus, Frid 8pm; The Bohemians, Sat 8pm, Wishbone Ash Sun 8pm.

Town Hall: Plymouth Gilbert and Sullivan Fellowship 90th anniversary concert. Tickets £8. Saturday 7.30pm.

Museum: Open daily major exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of US 29th Infantry Division arriving for training in SW Devon in May 1943 onwards. Open daily from 11am-3pm.


Princess Theatre: Charlie Landsborough. Wednesday 7.30pm.


Birdwood House: Ashprington Art Association Annual Art Exhibition. Monday-Saturday 10am-4.30pm. Admission free.

St Mary's church: London Baroque (the music of Georgian England). Tickets at the door £12. Saturday 7.30pm.

River Dart: River Dart Struggle the annual River Dart raft race organised by the Rotary Club of Totnes. Sunday.


Hall for Cornwall: Jethro, Monday 7.30pm; Nobulus Out of the Shadow, Friday and Saturday 7.30pm; Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes, multi talented band. Sunday 7.30pm.

Pearson Room, Cathedral: Friends coffee morning. All welcome. Wednesday 10am-11.30am; Colin Andrews (USA) free lunchtime organ recital Friday 1.10pm; Evening Recital with Luke Bond, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Father Willis Organ. Tickets on the door. Friday 7.30pm.

Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.


Town Hall: Monthly parish rummage sale. Saturday 10am-noon.

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