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John Harris Talk – Cornishman, Poet, Miner & Methodist Preacher..

On Saturday the 24th March, the library will be the fitting venue for a talk on the life and works of John Harris. The speakers, from the John Harris Society, are in fact the great-nephews of the Cornish poet. The event has been organised by Kerri Bridgeman from Truro-Penwith College. Both members & non-members are most welcome & there will be tea & biscuits after the talk.  



Submission dates: 20th Feb –  21st April

Writing Competition:
Lands end – a piece of creative writing reflecting contemporary life
in Cornwall

Judges – Katrina Naomi, Des Hannigan & Linda Cleary.
Prose, poetry, fiction & non-fiction entries welcome.
750 word limit,
Age range 16-21.
£100 1st prize;
£75 2nd prize;
£50 3rd prize;
+ a year’s library membership & a slot in the 2018 Pz Litfest for the winners.


We’ve had to close the library due to the snow so that all of our volunteers and staff can get home safely. We’ll keep you posted on developments with regards to opening tomorrow….

Stay safe!

Appointment of New Senior Librarian

Dear All,

A while ago someone asked me who was going to ‘replace’ Annabelle; the honest answer was that no one could ‘replace’ Annabelle… the library is Annabelle’s library, one she has created over the last thirty years.

Nevertheless the Committee grasped the nettle with, it must be said, some apprehension. With the help of Sue James, HR Consultant, and Doreen Pinfold, University of Exeter, we advertised in the CILIP magazine, locally, in-house and on the internet.

The result was a stream of applicants; one from Qatar, one from Japan… another from Canada.. .

The Committee and the staff spent a long day carrying out a meet-and greet event for eleven short-listed applicants, and then, a few days later, a smaller group interviewed four finalists.

It is a tribute to our library that all of the applicants were very strong contenders; certainly it was no easy job to find the ‘best’.

Eventually however we did come to a decision that our new Senior Librarian would be Lisa di Tomasso; currently Head of Collections at Durham Cathedral Library, Lisa has worked with the Natural History Museum in London, the National Trust.

With a lifetime devoted to the written word and an author herself, Lisa will represent the library in the best possible way and take it into the future with enthusiasm and a deep understanding of book collections and conservation.

For the tech’ minded Lisa can be easily ‘Googled’; she can also be seen on Youtube as she appeared on the BBC’s Countryfile programme.

Stepping into Annabelle’s shoes will not be easy for Lisa but I am sure we will one and all give her the  warmest Cornish welcome.

Mark Penrose


Artist in Residence


We’re hugely looking forward to having John Trigg here over the next two weeks. Do let us know if you’re interested in joining the workshops.

John has lived and worked in Penzance for 25 years and has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe. During the residency he will be working in the library, 10am – 4pm, and will be available to talk whilst he works. There will also be a display of John’s drawing books, paintings & sculptures.

WORKSHOPS: Start your own drawing book with John Trigg, including three seminars:

Tuesday 13th February, 11am – 12pm Introductory talk: Books as reference, drawings, notes, beginnings & ideas, drawing instruments. Followed by Q&A.

Friday 16th February, 11am – 12pm Seminar: Ideas on subject, outside connections, everyday life, research & progress. Followed by Q&A.

Thursday 22nd February, 11am – 12pm Seminar: Methods, themes, sequences. What is subject? Re-making experience – what is memory? Perception, observation, imagination.

*£6 members / £8 non-members (for all three sessions, including materials)

Saturday 24th February, 7pm Celebrating the end of John’s residency with drinks & a review of work created. All welcome.

Michael Bird Talk

An invitation to join author Michael Bird at Morrab Library on Saturday 3rd February, from 10.30am, talking about his new book ‘Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories’.
This is a free event – families, children & adults are all welcome