Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will appear in October

Back for 2021 - a new chapter for ExeLitFest

Momentum is building for a three-day literary event in Exeter later this year after a hiatus because of the pandemic. Last year’s Exeter Literary Festival sadly had to be shelved, but now ExeLitFest (as it’s known for short) is delighted to unveil this year’s programme and open the Box Office.

If you love reading or writing, it’s time to bookmark these dates in your diary - 5th to 7th...

One of the winning paintings 'Mannings Pit' by Graciella Sillence-Dreyer from Barnstaple's Pilton Bl

CPRE Devon inundated with competition entries from children in lockdown who showed they care about the countryside

Devon’s schoolchildren have shown how much they care about the countryside by entering CPRE Devon’s 2020 Art and Writing competitions in their droves. This year the Devon branch of the countryside charity CPRE received more entries than ever before and from all corners of the county.

In both competitions, held throughout the months of lockdown, primary schoolchildren demonstrated how...

Devon countryside charity’s 2020 competitions provide a creative outlet for stay-at-home schoolchildren

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England hopes its 2020 art and writing competitions, open for entries from 18 May, will provide a creative outlet for primary schoolchildren across the county, many of whom are spending more time than usual indoors this spring because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to...

Devon schoolgirls triumph in countryside charity’s art and writing competitions

More primary school pupils than ever before entered this year's children's art and writing competitions run by the countryside charity CPRE Devon. Many schools took part for the first time, including several in Plymouth and Exeter.

After careful deliberation, the top individual prizes went to a five-year-old girl from Exeter and two ten-year-old girls from Tavistock.


Competitions call on Devon's schoolchildren to capture the countryside in pictures and words

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has launched its 2019 art and writing competitions for primary schoolchildren - calling on them to use their creativity to capture Devon's coast and countryside.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to encourage outdoor learning and help youngsters engage with and enjoy the great outdoors. There...

Writing workshop: Jellyfish Thinking, Feeling and Being

Bryony Gillard will lead a creative writing workshop exploring relationships between peripheral landscapes, female experience and otherness. Through a series of performative exercises, we will collectively explore spaces between poetry, prose, visual art and autobiography.

This workshop is aimed at people identifying as female or non-binary who have an interest in writing — no previous experience is necessary.

Free admission, booking essential


Teens have talent but creativity crumbles with age

Seventeen-years-old is the age when our creativity peaks, according to a survey out today by BIC®, the leading stationery brand in Europe , similarly those in Plymouth think that their creativity also peaks at 17-years-old. After this, British adults let their creativity die with a staggering 63% of over 30s claiming their talents have fallen by the wayside.

However, of those surveyed...

University Student Launches Debut Novel: Trace This Scar

An exciting debut novel by a young writer, Trace This Scar marks a change from the tone of the first offering by Jessikah Hope Stenson.

Following on from her collection of short stories titled A Single Drop Of Perfect & Other Stories, released in February 2016, Trace This Scar is a psychological thriller with a strong crime focus.

Due for release 24th November, Trace This...

Will Aid open for business in Devon

A will-writing campaign that helps people to get their paperwork in order and raises money for charity is open for business.

Will Aid Month starts in November and lasts for just four weeks, linking people with participating solicitors in their area who prepare basic wills in exchange for a donation.

But there is a limit on available appointments which are expected to book up...

Plymouth launches eighth anthology of young people’s writing

Plymouth’s future authors, poets and playwrights have been celebrated at the launch of a special ceremony.

The eighth anthology is packed with around 100 pieces of written work written entirely by the children and young people of Plymouth.

This year’s anthology theme of starlight has framed our local brightly shining stars alongside their partners in Plymouth Massachusetts, as...