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The Professional Writers Responses

We have five professional pieces of writing for you to enjoy. They have all been inspired by John Dyer’s Tall Ships painting. Scroll down this page to find the links to all the writing.
The Arts Council have also supported bursaries for four up and coming writers from Cornwall to write for the project. Read these new works here. 
Happy reading and we hope it will inspire you to write.

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STORY by Paul Farmer

I have never seen the wild goose sailing over the ocean 

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“The days of the Tall Ships had returned to Falmouth. Full rigged ships, barques, barquentines, brigantines and schooners lined the quays of Falmouth docks. The streets swarmed with language…..”
READ THE STORY  I DOWNLOAD I LISTEN I READ ABOUT PAUL FARMER


STORY  by Damian Dibben

Salvatore and the Sea

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“Nobody knew that Salvatore Ganz was a hundred and thirteen years old. No one at all. None of his neighbours in the pretty British seaside town where he lived, or the busy people he occasionally passed in the street, or the family who ran the shop on the corner…..”
READ THE STORY  I DOWNLOAD I LISTEN I READ ABOUT DAMIAN DIBBEN

STORY  by Dea Birkett

I Love being at Sea

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“I’ve written a short response to John Dyer’s most wonderful painting.
It is entirely entrancing, engrossing. It opens up new worlds…”
READ THE STORY I DOWNLOAD  I READ ABOUT DEA BIRKETT

PLAY by James Graham

James has written the opening scene of a play to inspire you. We would like you to complete James’ play using this first scene as your starting point.

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“This is the first scene to a play you can write yourself – and it can go in any direction you want. There are no restrictions or limitations, no right or wrong answer. Just follow your imagination.  ”
READ THE PLAY I DOWNLOAD I LISTEN I READ ABOUT JAMES GRAHAM

POEM by Maxwell Golden

Tall Ships

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“Esmeralda Elgar held a shop for bric-a-brac – had seven cats, a purple hat – and on the pavement often sat….”
READ THE POEM I DOWNLOAD I LISTEN I READ ABOUT MAXWELL GOLDEN


Read the stories from our up and coming writers

The following writers have won arts council Big Art & Storytelling Tall Ships Bursaries to write for the project. All of these stories have been inspired by John Dyer’s Tall Ships Painting.


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Now it’s your turn…

Have a close look at John Dyer’s painting. let your imagination, experiences, research and passion influence your piece of writing. You might want to write a story, a poem or a play about the painting. Plan your text and let it grow over time. Not even the best writers get it right the first time, so make a few notes, write a rough version and then finally type it up on the computer (or ask an adult to help you) and copy and paste it into the form on this page for us to read and display online.

If you are very small and find writing a bit tricky then please still tell your story to an adult and ask them to be your scribe.


 

 

 

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