About Us

We believe in the power of the written and spoken word to transform lives.

Our Vision

The Writers’ Block is a space of welcome where shared stories, words and language empower people, particularly those whose voices and culture have not been valued.

By increasing enjoyment, skills and confidence in the written and spoken word, we strengthen our Cornish community and build the future we need. We nourish emerging and established writers and performers whose impact will be felt across Cornwall and beyond.

We believe in the power of the written and spoken word to transform lives. It is everyone’s right to express themselves through creativity, curiosity and imagination.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enable emerging writers, children, young people, and the Cornish community to value their voice, tell their stories and be widely heard.

We achieve this by:

  • Providing an inspiring, joyful, immersive space dedicated to writing.
  • Developing an accessible programme that enhances skills through playfulness, curiosity, wellbeing and individuality.
  • Working with specialist partners to initiate and deliver dynamic projects that respond to the diverse needs of the community.
  • Supporting writers at all stages, from people yet to find their voice to emerging professionals.
  • Nurturing new talent and creative practitioners by offering mentoring and training as well as creative collaborations and commissions.
  • Specialising in place-based learning, we lead site-specific projects.
  • Celebrating, championing and sustaining Cornwall’s culture and using this work to achieve social change.
  • Increasing accessibility to our work through digital, performance and print outlets.
  • Recognising and reflecting the diversity of our world in our recruitment, programming, literature and commissions.
  • Striving to reduce the environmental impact of our work.


Our Story

A registered charity, KEAP was founded in 2001 as an arts education agency, championing best practice and supporting schools and artists in creating an arts rich, creative curriculum. Fast forward to 2014, and after the funding landscape changed significantly, we took the brave step to move from being a service organisation to being a producer. Using our skills, experiences and literature specialism we have created unique programmes and projects which focus on building experiences, confidence, skills and enjoyment in writing and story.

The Writers’ Block –  a unique creative writing hub in Redruth designed by artists, writers and theatre makers. Both a place to write and a place to unlock ideas and creativity. We are delighted to be resident in The Ladder (previously the Passmore Edwards Free Library) in Redruth.  Find out more about The Writers’ Block here.

The Story Republic – our team of glamorous troubadours who bring Cornish story, poetry and song to festivals, events, cafes, castles and hilltops across Cornwall and beyond. A training ground for emerging performers, they specialise in pop up performances, poetry by stealth, and always bring laughter with them. Find out more here.

Projects – working with schools and other cultural partners such as Geevor Tin Mine, Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, Kresen Kernow and Hall for Cornwall, we collaborate on bespoke projects using creative writing with other art forms often on themes derived from heritage and sense of place.

Communities – we work with communities of interest, of place and communities with diverse lived experience. We co-design projects that centre the stories of a community, lifting the emphasis off the page so they can take the many forms people use to express themselves.

Business Objectives – by 2026:

  • Transform our organisation from grassroots to board level into one that is created by and for the communities we live and work amongst.
  • The Writers’ Block in The Ladder is a welcoming and inclusive centre for writing in Cornwall.
  • The Writers’ Block is a beacon of excellence and its programmes are regularly accessed by a diverse community including those whose stories and culture has not been valued.
  • The Writers’ Block is a key provider of professional development for writers, performers and educators, in Cornwall.
  • Make meaningful work relevant to Cornish culture through dynamic partnerships
  • Specialists in producing place-based creative writing experiences.
  • Advocate for our natural environment and social change through creative writing.
  • Increase visibility through local, regional and national partners.
  • Increase the diversity of participants, audiences and colleagues and celebrate their unique perspectives.
  • Have systems in place for enhanced data gathering which in turn impacts on our planning.
  • Decrease our environmental impact by monitoring our activity and making conscious change through our delivery mechanisms, including the use of digital technology.