Development Team

Created by Amanda Harris at KEAP and well known Cornish writer Annamaria Murphy, The Writers' Block and Story Republic team encompasses writers, artists, and performers.

Amanda Harris - The Story republic

Amanda Harris

Director of KEAP

Amanda has run KEAP for the last 20 years and before that worked with Kneehigh Theatre and Cornwall Arts Centre Trust. She claims when she sees opportunity or need for change, her process is to change the job rather than change jobs.  Hence initiation and development with KEAP of both The Story Republic and The Writers’ Block as well as memorable projects with other cultural and arts partners.

Amanda is a highly skilled developmental programmer who has initiated and led on innumerable projects in Cornwall including: Shop of Stories – story installations in empty shops, Carn to Cove rural touring scheme, and as a founder member of the writers’ collective Scavel an Gow.  She is also a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh.

Amanda has a love of literature both as a reader and writer.  She published her first novel, Behind the Lines, in 2018. As it took nearly ten years to bring to fruition, the follow up could be some time …

Annamaria Murphy

Annamaria Murphy

Artist Director & Lead Writer

Anna is a long term member of Kneehigh Theatre latterly as a writer. Amongst others, she has worked for C-scape Dance, Theatre Alibi, Rogue, and BBC Radio 4. Most recently she has written for The Little Angel Theatre in association with Kneehigh for “The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings”, and “If The Shoe Fits” for C-Scape .

Anna is lead artist in Kneehighs’ Connections project, working with young people and communities, and has been walking the Roads less Travelled in Cornwall for the last three years collecting, reinventing and exaggerating stories heard on the way.

With KEAP, she is lead writer for Writing Squad Kernow and Artistic Director for The Story Republic. Her favourite job at the moment is running past The Story Republic Caravan with a crocodile’s head.

Helen Reynolds - The Story Republic

Helen Reynolds

Development Manager, KEAP

Helen is an excellent and experienced project development manager and started with KEAP in 2003. She is used to running large and small scale projects with many partners and many children in a variety of locations. She has a keen eye for detail and her excellent grasp of logistics means that 600 primary school children, with musical instruments, plus a professional string quintet, performing outside, doesn’t faze her! Helen is now also responsible for the business and finance of the organisation. In her spare time Helen is a folk musician and singer.

Polly Roberts

Polly Roberts

Admin & Support Assistant

Polly Roberts has worked as an editor, proofreader, workshop leader, writer, and community arts worker.  She holds a BA in Creative Writing from UEA and a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She is author of the travel memoir Social or Solitary.  In 2017 Polly won the British Council’s ‘Writers by Nature’ scholarship for emerging nature writers. Her debut poetry collection Grieving with the Animals was published Summer 2019 by Dempsey and Windle. Polly is passionate about creative spaces and workshops for the community that foster a love of words. When not working with The Writers’ Block she is either swimming in the sea or working on her novel.