I’m lucky to live in a place like Falmouth. A place that’s beautiful, vibrant and bursting at the seams with creativity. Everywhere I go I meet writers, poets, photographers, designers and musicians.
I’ve been going to Telltales ever since I moved to the area, nearly three and a half years ago. It’s a regular evening for ‘readers, writers and listeners.’ When I first came across Telltales, it was based in a small independent cafe that felt like being in someone’s, admittedly rather quirky, living room. RIP Babahogs Art Cafe, you are still missed. Usually about eight people would turn up, and probably five or six of those would be reading.
Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength, moved venues a couple of times, and now attracts a large crowd of word lovers from across Cornwall. I’ve enjoyed reading from time to time, listening to a huge range of work, and meeting other writers.
The Parabola Project was launched in 2010, with the aim of producing a illustrated publication showcasing the work of writers in Cornwall, with fresh voices appearing alongside established names.
After the success of the first edition, the second volume The Parabola Project II: The Quickening was launched on 29 November 2011. The illustrators have done the writers proud. Each of the pieces, including my short story, Stargazer, is wonderfully illustrated.
It’s fantastic to see a project like this come to fruition, especially as I’ve been involved with Telltales since its early days. The Parabola Project is a far cry from a handful of writers getting together in a little cafe to share their work, but it just shows what can be achieved. I also have to say a big thank you to Clare Howdle, one of the original founders of Telltales and the driving force behind the Parabola Project.
So will 2012 bring volume III? Here’s hoping!