The Spark to Flame Project
The Charles Causley Trust is delighted to have received a grant of over £48k from the Arts Council of England to support Spark to Flame, an exciting new literature project based in Launceston. This unlocks further investment from Cornwall Council, Literature Works and Launceston Town Council and Plymouth University.
The project is centred on three writer in residency placements and a fourth residency which will give a creative practitioner working in any art-form the opportunity to participate – reflecting Causley’s wider interests in music, theatre and the visual arts. Each residency lasts for three months and is based in the unique environment of the poet Charles Causley’s former home in Launceston, Cyprus Well, which has been extensively restored and retains much of Causley’s original furniture, artefacts and décor.
Alongside giving the residents protected time to create new work away from the usual demands of daily life the writers will run a programme of activities in Cornwall and beyond aimed at participants ranging from primary school children to professional writers, poetry fans, to those who’ve not picked up a pen in some time!
The Trust recruited a Development Officer, Jennifer McDerra, to coordinate the project:
Cornwall Council is delighted to support Spark to Flame and looks forward to seeing the many contributions that this innovative project will make to the literature sector and audiences in Cornwall. Charles Causley was committed to sharing his love of poetry and encouraging creativity and this project continues that vision.
The Trust is thrilled to be able to continue working with our consortium partners and the Arts Council. We will build on our recent successes to offer further valuable opportunities for writers and we are fortunate to be able to recruit a new Development Officer to continue this journey with us.
The opportunity to spend time Charles Causley’s house dedicated to creating work is a rare and precious thing for any poet. These residencies provide matchless support to poets who are establishing their careers or taking their next big step and helps us at Literature Works to test ways of making the greatest and best difference to both poets and audiences.
It is wonderful to see The Charles Causley Trust’s projects go from strength to strength. This new grant from Arts Council England will bring exciting opportunities to Launceston and beyond, continuing the town’s commitment to nurturing and supporting literary talent and activities.