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 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 with C-scape Dance, Theatre Alibi, Little Angel Theatre, Rogue, and BBC Radio 4. Most recently she has been writing for the Kneehigh ‘Rambles’ project, collecting stories on her walks, and has just completed the final series of Radio 4’s ‘Curious Under the Stars.’  Anna writes from her shed in the garden, where she hoards interesting objects with which to inspire her characters.


Helen Reynolds - The Story Republic

Helen Reynolds

Development Manager, KEAP

Helen is an 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. Helen is now also responsible for the business and finance of the organisation. In her spare time Helen is a trad Irish musician and singer.

Polly Roberts

Polly Roberts

Programme and Publicity Coordinator

Polly Roberts has worked as an editor, proofreader, workshop leader, writer, and community arts worker.  She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She is author of the travel memoir Social or Solitary. 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.