We are excited to announce our next residency opportunity at Cyprus Well to follow in the footsteps of Kathryn Simmonds, Dr Alyson Hallett, and our current resident poet, Isabel Galleymore.
This three month residency for a writer is part of our larger literature project, Spark to Flame, which has been grant funded with £48k from the Arts Council of England, unlocking further investment from Cornwall Council, Literature Works, Launceston Town Council and Plymouth University.
This is the third of six residency opportunities at Cyprus Well, Causley’s former home in Launceston, Cornwall, during 2016-17 as part of the Spark to Flame project. The project takes its name from the closing lines of Charles Causley’s poem’ Kelly Wood’ and in addition to the residencies a programme of events and activities to promote Causley’s legacy and provide accessible opportunities to engage with literature is currently being rolled out in Cornwall and beyond.
The writer will be based in Launceston, Cornwall, between May and July 2016, and will run and participate in a series of workshops and events co-ordinated by the Trust while retaining the remainder of their time free for their own writing.
Fee: £3200 (paid in monthly instalments, accommodation included)
Residency period: Three months during May – August 2106 (exact start and finish dates will be discussed at interview and agreed in collaboration with the successful candidate.)
Closing Date: 31st March 2016
Applications: For an informal discussion of the residency please feel free to email or telephone Jennifer McDerra at email@example.com or 07495 699405.
Send complete applications by post to Jennifer McDerra, Development Officer at:
The Charles Causley Trust
2 Cyprus Well
If you do not have any books to submit with your application and would like to apply by email please send all documentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews will be held in Launceston, Cornwall in early April 2016 and the successful candidate will be notified with at least one month’s notice ahead of the residency start date.
Applications must include:
• A CV (including your publication/performance history and your experience of working in community settings)
• Writing samples: published book/s and/or 10 to 15 pages of work-in-progress.
• A statement of interest in the residency (maximum 1 page) stating:
a) Your reasons for applying for the residency;
b) An explanation of how you feel the residency will benefit you at this particular stage in your career;
c) Details of any experience you have of working with adult groups in educational or community settings or working with young people in educational or community settings.
d) A brief outline of any personal writing projects to be undertaken during the residency and any initial ideas for using the discretionary budget
• At least two letters of reference, one of which must reference work in the community including contact details (e-mail and phone).
Please note, no application materials will be returned.
Terms and Conditions
The fee for the 3 month residency is £3200 which will be paid in monthly instalments in arrears.
This post is offered on a fixed term contract for services basis.
Applicants will be short listed according to skills/abilities/experiences and interviews arranged thereafter.
The residency is open for applications to any writer living in the UK and European Union who is eligible to live and work in the UK for the period of the residency.
The Charles Causley Trust does not offer sponsorship for candidates living/working out of the UK and European Union. There is a non-transferable relocation and advance visit budget of up to £1000 return travel.
There may be individual re-charges for telephone and other costs, by negotiation. The writer will be line managed on a day to day basis by the Development Officer, based in Launceston.
External advice to this group will be provided by Arts Council England South West.
The writer in residence will also have a discretionary budget to spend on any Causley-related project that might be inspired by their time in Launceston, e.g. new research or publication, or an event in local education or community centres, which we feel empowers the writer once more to help shape the residency and its legacy.
The post will be a fixed term contract for services, and this contract will state that if the writer wishes to become more involved in events around Cornwall beyond their contractual obligation, they are free to do so.
There will also be a small travel budget for the writer to enable them to take part in the activities of the regional sector where appropriate.
We feel it is important that where beneficial to the writer they are able to take part in key festivals or other networking across the South West region. While there will be a requirement to be available for press and marketing interview, this will be to a controlled timetable agreed at the beginning of the residency.
Appointment will be conditional on provision of an Enhanced Disclosure certificate as required.
Full clean driving licence and access to own vehicle is desirable, but not essential.
The candidate will need to be able to travel to events across Cornwall.
By accepting the role, the writer agrees to:
• Abide by the policies of any Host Partner during the delivery of activity, e.g. health and safety, child protection, equality, confidentiality, conflict of interest and other applicable volunteer policy statements.
• Diligently exercise such powers and perform such duties as set out above and other reasonable activities that may be agreed between you and the management group.
• Use your best endeavours to promote, protect, develop and extend the business of the project,
• Maintain and provide copies of all legal insurances, protections and certifications necessary to undertake the duties of the post and live and work in the UK, including but not limited to, public liability insurance, personal liability insurance, satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring checks and references as required.
• Maintain all financial records and be responsible for own payment of all tax and national insurance payments as a contractor for services.
• Not, without the prior written consent of The Charles Causley Trust, engage in any other activity which may directly or indirectly compete with the best interests of the project or The Charles Causley Trust. Please be advised that any changes to this description and terms and conditions will be notified on the Charles Causley Trust’s website www.causleytrust.org