Booking is now open for ‘Kindling the Scarp’, a literary event based around the clay country writer Jack Clemo (1916-1994). Clemo was a novelist, poet, story writer and auto-biographer who lived at Goonamarris Slip near St. Austell for most of his life. The event is to be held at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum on the 31st May and 1st June. This first ever Jack Clemo Conference will bring together the local community of the china clay area and academic communities engaging with this writer of international significance. All are therefore welcome to all of the events planned over these two days.
Those with an interest in Clemo and his work will be presenting 20-minute papers across the two days on such topics as theology, biography and his influences. Speakers will include John Hurst, Andrew Symons and Patricia Moyer. The conference is just £10 per day and this amount also includes meals and access to the associated events happening on that day, such as a clay country tour, hosted by Imerys, a mini-literary festival with poetry readings from James Goodman, Alan Kent and Mick Paynter. The conference will culminate with an meal at Trethosa Chapel which will be followed by a new Clemo film by The Motion Farm, Cornish stories read by Will Coleman (Kernocopia) and Anna Maria Murphy’s clay country stories read by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh and O-Region). For those not attending the conference it is also possible to book for the film showing of ‘A Different Drummer’, Norman Stone’s BBC film of Clemo’s life, for just £5.
There is also a 10-day Jack Clemo exhibition taking place at Wheal Martyn - entry will be free for conference attendees and the parts of the exhibition in the foyer of Wheal Martyn will be free for all. Access to exhibits displayed in the Wheal Martyn museum will be charged at the usual entry price for the site. This exhibition gets to the heart of Clemo and his work and includes drawings of Clemo by Heather Spears, portraits by Lionel Miskin, his writing desk and typewriter, photos, letters, manuscripts and a Clemo-inspired installation by local artist Kyla Sidwell. This is the first time that all of these items have been exhibited together. Artefacts have been collated from the Jack Clemo Memorial Room, the Special Collections Library at the University of Exeter, the Royal Cornwall Museum, the Wheal Martyn Archive and private collections.
This event is funded by a Public Engagement Award from the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Warwick.
Booking for the conference and associated events is now open. To book go to www.warwick.ac.uk/clemo or call Wheal Martyn on 01726 850362. Any inquiries, please contact Gemma.Goodman@warwick.ac.uk.'
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