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St Ives Library has announced a programme of fun and inspiring events in the run-up to Christmas.

Members of The Story Republic

Come out of the cold and spend a couple of hours creating your own winter shadow story box with artist Melanie Young on Saturday, 11th December. Melanie is an artist, based in Cornwall, who has exhibited her work both in the UK and internationally. It has been showcased in large exhibitions and art fairs, such as the Saatchi Other Art Fair. She is currently represented by Agora Gallery, in New York.

Melanie will be running two workshops, at 10am and 1.30pm, which are suitable for anybody aged 12 and over. Due to the nature of the workshop, spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential. All tickets are £10.

“It’s always a delight to see what wonderful imagery can be created when imaginations run wild — snowflakes, bare spikey branches of trees, birds flying in the cold sky,” said Melanie. “These workshops are great fun, and once you know how to make them, a simple but effective way to illuminate your home.

“We’ve also an opportunity for the story lanterns to then form part of the setting for the Dark Nights Stories and Songs performance the following Friday (17th December). Participants can take them home afterwards — it would be lovely to light up the library with our collective lanterns!”

Dark Nights Stories and Songs is being put on by Annamaria Murphy and The Story Republic and is an evening of cinnamon spiced tales.

Annamarie Murphy

Annamaria is artistic director of The Story Republic and one of Cornwall’s leading writers of stories inspired by Cornwall’s rich and varied communities which she captures with her own distinctive humour and slightly wicked delight.

The Story Republic are an ensemble of performers who perform widely at events and festivals. They have recently returned from sea-tossed adventures in the Isles of Scilly. Their repertoire is a rich medley of stories, poems, and gorgeous harmonies, inspired by Cornwall. Many are written by Anna, but others are by contemporary writers, as well as the great Charles Causley.

The library will be open from 6pm for wine, mince pies, and book browsing, with the performance starting at 7pm. Tickets are £12 for adults and £8 for under-12s. For those interested in both the workshop and the evening performance, there is a saving of £2 if you book at the same time.

The Friends of St Ives Library will be offering not one but two festive Super Saturdays in December. The first is on 4th December, when everyone is invited to come along and make Christmas decorations with local artist Jo McIntosh. There will be carol singing on 18th December, both events between 10am and 12.30pm, and with lashings of tea and cake!

To book tickets, and for further information about all events at the library, call 01736 796297, visit between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday, book online and follow via social media @StIvesLibrary.