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A Certain Man: Charles Causley In His Own Words

by Simon Parker

By collating the many notes and recordings he made of Charles Causley, Simon Parker has created a continuous monologue in the great Cornish poet’s own words, beginning with a Launceston childhood and taking in wartime service, first attempts at writing, teaching, literary success and old age. The book includes an academic essay on the poem, A Certain Man, by Professor Ron Tamplin, an account by Arthur Wills of his long friendship with Causley, and a story by Jane Nancarrow, a former primary school pupil of the poet, which describes a typical day in the classroom with this inspirational author and teacher. Published in a limited, numbered edition: 100 copies for 100 years to mark the centenary of Charles Causley's birth.

 

Fogou

by Simon Parker

Who were the ancestors – the men, women and children from past millennia who once occupied the ground we now call home, and who raised the great stone monuments we feel compelled to gaze at? We may understand something of the bare bones of their physical existence, but know little, with certainty, about their thoughts, motivations or beliefs. This essay does not attempt to add to the great library of archaeological speculation. Instead, it examines our enduring fascination with the past. By describing a lifetime of unscholarly dabbling, Simon Parker attempts to fathom why we continue to be drawn to the stones.

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The Almost Island


by Des Hannigan

Fisherman, rock climber, journalist and travel writer Des Hannigan leads the reader on a journey that takes in the cliffs of West Cornwall and the lonely reaches of the Celtic sea, in the company of seafarers, adventurers, lifeboatmen, climbers, coastguards, writers, painters and a host of everyday characters in their often extraordinary element.

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The Vendettas (CD)


Mount’s Bay Rockers & Millhouse Hippy Bastards
The Vendettas Live at Gulval Mead 1979

 

Formed in 1977, one of Cornwall's first punk bands, recorded live at their final gig in September 1979. A very rough recording. Tracks: Such A Pity, Hello John, Gangboys, Sex, Lonesome Train, Ice Age, Fun, Wasted Life, I Bin There, Walking The Dog, Red Lambretta, Route 66, Conventional Thug, Why?, Police Car, Better Than Me, My Girl, Waiting For The Man, Inside Looking Out, Slipping Away, Then He Kissed Me, Red Lambretta, Lonesome Train, Such A Pity. Line-up: Grev Williams (guitar/vocals), Tim Chapple (bass), Terry Tempest (drums), Simon Parker (vocals).

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Third Light (DVD)

 


by Simon Parker

A play based on the true story of the thirteen men of Herodsfoot, who went to serve in the First World War and all came home. First staged at Sterts Theatre in Cornwall in July 2014. Filmed by Matt Terry.

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Third Light (Play)

 


by Simon Parker

 

A play based on the true story of the thirteen men of Herodsfoot, who went to serve in the First World War and all came home. First staged at Sterts Theatre in Cornwall in July 2014.

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Third Light: One Man’s Great War


by Arthur Marriott & Simon Parker

Like so many poor boys caught up in the First World War, Arthur Marriott spoke little of his ordeal. The horrors he experienced lived inside him, inhabiting his days and tormenting his nights. Taken from detailed diaries discovered after his death, Third Light is a true account of one man’s Great War. It is one man’s story but it is also the story of millions and pays tribute to the men who fought and the families left behind, as well acting as a warning to those who continue to wish us into war.

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Beast


by Simon Parker

Danny Finch loves the moor and loves his little sister. But the moor holds a secret. So when Danny's little sister goes missing, everyone fears the worst. Who – or what – is the real Beast of Bodmin Moor? For ages 8 to 11.

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Horses Stood Still (Book)


by Simon Parker

Imagine Richard Trevithick’s final days, alone and ailing in a Dartford inn, hundreds of miles from his Cornish home and family. What would have been the thoughts of a man who had developed high pressure steam, run the first passenger locomotive on rails and given the world the motor car? Perhaps he would have looked back on his life, assessing the highs and lows, the achievements and disappointments. But who could he tell? In Horses Stood Still, Simon Parker has imagined a series of letters written by the great Camborne inventor and engineer to his daughter, Elizabeth. The letters build into a chronological account of his life, from his early years and schooldays, through work at East Stray Park Mine and the inaugural run of his revolutionary road engine, to South America and London.

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Horses Stood Still (CD)


by Simon Parker
Opera singer Ben Luxon CBE brings an authentic Camborne voice to Richard Trevithick in a series of letters that build into an account of his life. Recorded in Cornwall and America, the two-CD package is supported by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. To hear an extract, visit: http://www.cornish-mining.org.uk/news/horses-stood-still-lost-letters-richard-trevithick

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A Star On The Mizzen


by Simon Parker

In May 1896 more than 300 armed troops were stationed on the streets of Newlyn, while three navy gunboats patrolled offshore and police reinforcements were drafted from other districts after pitched battles were fought in the Cornish fishing port. The events that led to what many regarded as an unnecessary show of force by the authorities was a protest by several hundred fishermen who refused to go to sea on Sundays, but whose livelihoods were threatened by Sabbath-breaking crews from the East Coast. A Star On the Mizzen tells, through the imagined thoughts of one of the so-called ringleaders, the story of three dangerous days that shook Parliament.

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Lagan Voices


by Neil C Young

Twenty-four poems from Northern Ireland, including Astrid In Belfast, The River And Beyond, Give Me A Gun, Carson's Shadow and Giuseppe Conlon In The Milltown Cemetery. Praising the collection, Brian Patten said: ‘A richly evocative sequence of poems, Lagan Voices travels the red-brick world of a lost Belfast – delving deep into family stories, politics and folklore. Neil C Young is a socialist poet par excellence. His poems have that raw and authentic quality of the best of folk music.’

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Solid


by Simon Parker

Solid is the story of Edward Jose, the man who was to become Cornwall's only known bullfighter. His reign in the corridas of Madrid and Ronda, where he became something of a legend, lasted nearly twenty years. During that time he took several lovers, fathered many children and briefly became embroiled in the horrors of the First World War. Federico García Lorca dedicated a poem to him, his portrait was painted by Antonio Jiménez González, and he was presented to Pablo Picasso at a function in Malaga. Yet because he adopted a Spanish name, left Cornwall while still in his teens and was never to return, his story has not been told. Until now.

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Now ’Ark To Aunt Sarah Anne


by Liz Harman

Talented and highly-regarded Newlyn ‘maid’ Liz Harman’s bardic name is Nedhores Hwedhlow – or Spinner of Tales – and it is a title that could not be more apt. She is an author, storyteller, poet and playwright who writes and speaks with the authentic voice of Newlyn. A natural-born storyteller, this volume considers archetypal Newlyn bustler Aunt Sarah Anne’s views on modern life and the changes she has witnessed. Each story is perfectly complemented by the evocative drawings of Steph Haxton.

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Stones And Shadows


by Jane Nancarrow

When a young woman, already traumatised by the suicide of her lover, seeks peace at an isolated moorland cottage and stumbles on the infamous true story of Charlotte Dymond’s murder, reality and imagination begin to blur. EV Thompson said of the work: 'Jane Nancarrow writes evocatively of a moor which is at the very heart of Cornwall and offers an intriguing slant on a piece of Cornish criminal history which has divided opinion for more than 150 years.’

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one big echo of a much nicer place


by Martin Philp

Jack Tremenyans hates Christmas... Barbara Morethek is only happy when she’s sad... Dandy Allcock just wants to be loved... Florence Bray can’t stand her best friend... and Archie thinks all the world has gone to shit...  scratch away the false veneer of chic bistros and trendy surf-shacks to enter a Cornwall that few from outside realise exists... eleven stories of eleven unforgettable men and women... All adding up to a collection of remarkable, interweaving short stories set in Hayle.

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Now ’Ark Some More


by Liz Harman

More dialect tales from Newlyn's master storyteller. Retellings of Bible stories, Aunt Sarah Anne's musings on life, personal poetry and a Newlyn Nativity play.

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Gonamena


by Simon Parker

Gonamena is the story of a Cornish moorland community and the enormous changes it experiences during the 19th  century copper and tin mining boom. It is told from the viewpoint of the members of one family and their individual responses to change, upheaval and leaving. It also draws a parallel with the great challenges facing Cornwall today. The play was staged, using a community cast, at Sterts Theatre at Upton Cross during the summer of 2009.

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Under A Cornish Sky


by Arthur Caddick

The first major collection of the work of Cornish poet, raconteur and supporter of the licensed trade, Arthur Caddick (1911-1987), of Nancledra. More than 100 lyrical poems, poems of love and children and laughter from Land's End spanning four decades. Includes Alphabet Of West Cornwall, tributes to Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter and The Ballad Of Michael Joseph. With introductions by critic Frank Ruhrmund and Professor Catherine Brace of the University of Exeter.

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Seven Stars


by Simon Parker

A Cornish Christmas Play For Voices.

The thing we children looked forward to most about Christmas Day back then wasn’t the presents, but the visitors: the family and friends who were sometimes never seen from one year to the next, though until we grew older and worked out some of the muddled relationships of those seated round the groaning Christmas table, we had absolutely no way of telling if Aunt Hepsebah was our mother’s sister, if Aunt Winnie was our father’s brother’s wife, or if Uncle Archie and Aunt Kitty were simply a couple who had served our parents tea during their annual caravan holiday to Hayle Towans. Inevitably, our allegiances were not built along blood lines, but guided and steered by far deeper motives, such as quality of gifts, unwavering kindness and the ability to pass on a good yarn – the weirder the better.

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Now ’Ark To Me


by Liz Harman

Dialect stories by acclaimed Newlyn writer and performer.

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Full As An Egg


by Simon Parker

A collection of short stories, Full As An Egg revels in a world of distinctly Cornish oddities in which the commonplace is transformed into the absurd. Included are the monologues A Star On The Mizzen about the 1896 Cornish fishing riots and Mad Dog. Charles Causley said of the work: ‘A wonderful clarity, and fairly breathing authenticity. Not easy to bring off – he makes it look easy and it certainly isn't.’

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’Otter Than A Bitch Mackerel


by Pol Hodge

Collection of poetry in Cornish and English.

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Dream Atlas


by Scavel an Gow

Short stories commissioned by BBC Radio 4 by Anna Murphy, Mercedes Kemp, Paul Farmer, Stephen Hall, Amanda Harris, Pauline Sheppard and Simon Parker. Illustrated by Anthony Crosby.

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Chasing Tales: The Lost Stories of Charles Lee


by Charles Lee

edited by Simon Parker

Fifteen previously unpublished works by the author of The Widow Woman, Cornish Tales, Dorinda’s Birthday, Paul Carah and Cynthia In The West. Plus a biography of the Charles Lee and full bibliography. Hardback, dust-jacket, silk bookmark.

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