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July 18, 2019

Firelight: Gweek Boatyard

We're gathering firewood, seeking out inspiring storytellers and stockpiling marshmallows... it must be Firelight season again.

On 18 July, Firelight will be back among the masts at the Boatyard Café in Gweek for dancing flames at the water’s edge. All the usual ingredients: good stories, good people, gooey marshmallows.

Book your spot by the fire HERE, tickets include fireside food by the brilliant Boatyard Café crew – think hearty handheld feasting, with two options to choose from.

Shenanigans start from 6pm as the fire is lit and food is served. Talks start from 7pm.

Have a look at who’ll be stoking the fire this time round, with more speakers announced soon…

Sue Hill

Sue Hill is a theatremaker and visual artist. With Kneehigh and WildWorks she’s worked in palaces and quarries, on mine wastes and beaches, on the Green Line in Nicosia and in a caravanserai in the West Bank, harvesting stories from places and the people who belong to them. With her brother Pete she makes large-scale figurative sculpture – including the Mudmaid at Heligan, Mother Earth from mud and elephant poo in Kenya, and Thousand Mile Eye, a Chinese sea god in Hong Kong. Artistic director for the early years of the Eden Project, she now works on the Eden International team. Her fireside stories will come from the cutting edge of Cornish theatre, and from every corner of the world.

Mike Lay

Surfer, writer, sometime poet; longboarder Mike Lay’s got lyrical style in and out of the water. Writing for surf and travel magazines has taken him all over the world, gathering inspiration for his own creative output. He shares tales and insights from along the way.

Jude Munden

Jude is a theatre designer and maker. Working in Cornish theatre over the last twenty years, she runs Pipeline Theatre alongside partner Alan Munden and writer Jon Welch.

She started Falmouth and Penryn Welcome Refugee Families in the spring of 2018. After hearing about the Community Sponsorship Scheme, a national programme allowing community groups to step forward and resettle a family displaced by the Syrian conflict within their community, Jude jumped at the chance to help. From kitchen table beginnings, FPWRF has grown and grown. On the right side of a successful crowdfunder, they’re expecting their first family, from a refugee camp in Lebanon, in the early Autumn. She talks community, hyperlocal activism and the steps taken – and those still to go – to make space for some new neighbours.

Elle Demaus

It all started when Elle heard about the rum running ships in the Caribbean; where rum is transported by sail across the Atlantic and around the world. A lifelong sailor, stories of the ships sparked a desire to work aboard them. She set about learning all she could.

A hobby, became an obsession, became a business venture. Drawn in by the organic chemistry, the combinations of flavours and plants, and the industry’s connections with traditional sailing, Elle abandoned her plans to become a rum runner, putting all her efforts into researching, experimenting with, tasting and testing her own creations. 6 years on, after building her own distillery, Petrel Rum was born, a small batch botanical rum made from scratch: fermented, distilled and barrelled on the Cornish Coast. Hear her tales from the distillery and the high seas.