Help fund Shallal's first illustrated poetry book!

by Jo Willis in Penzance, England, United Kingdom


raised of £5,000 target


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 11th September 2020 at 8:40am

To publish Shallal's first illustrated poetry book celebrating over 30 years of Shallal Dance Theatre and enabling it to be accessible.

by Jo Willis in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

WHY make a poetry book?

Interwoven in Shallal Dance Theatre performances since its beginning have been wonderful poems written by Shallal members.  We have chosen many of our favourites for this collection. Shallal artist and performer Toby Bridge has created beautiful evocative illustrations and we are so pleased to create our first anthology. A first illustrated book for him and first publication for most of our poets.

WHY we need your help now?

 Covid19 halted our plans for 2020, which included the book's production and Poetic Places, a tour with dance, poetry & BSL (British Sign Language) of literary festivals and theatres in Cornwall and South Devon. This would have enabled sharing and publicising the book and supporting more exposure to BSL in these literary platforms.*

Shallal Dance Theatre will be one of the last performance groups to re-emerge from lockdown as many of our performers are vulnerable or carers.

However, we can continue to celebrate the thirty years of Shallal Dance Theatre with the publication of this beautiful poetry book and working to translate it into accessible formats: film, audio, signing and braille.

WHAT we need?

£2000 will enable book publication.

We are working with a local book designer, the book will be made from high quality recycled card and paper, by a local publisher.

A further

£3000 will enable signing translations and captioning on film and audio recording. 

These formats will be available free online. A braille version will be held in the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) library which has free access.


 Will be beautiful, an object to treasure and return to, with illustrations that capture the unique spirit of each poem. Printed on high quality cream recycled paper, it will have a warm and tactile feel to it and to show off the illustrations at their best it will be slightly smaller than A4.  

A first publication for most of the artists involved it aims to give unheard voices the recognition they deserve. 

It is dedicated to the 'loving' memory of: Marjorie Wilton (a founding member and matriarch to us all!), Eileen Inge Herzberg and Helen Thompson, who all have poems in the book.

The accessible versions will require us to work with the limitations of lockdown using smart phones and distant editing. This will provide a focused project for many of Shallal Dance Theatre in this time when we cannot meet physically. The results can then be shared and enjoyed by all. To support the vision of Cultural Equality, 20% of the books will be available for a donation.

* (Wouldn't it be wonderful if BSL was the second language of people - who haven't got hearing impairment - in the UK, it could be taught in primary schools alongside children learning to read and write. it. It would have many positive benefits increasing accessible communication throughout the population and for people as they get older and experience hearing loss.)


Shallal has been described as "one of Cornwall's great hidden treasures."

Shallal ‘celebrates diversity, ability and community.’

Shallal started over 30 years ago as a community dance theatre group, it quickly became inclusive and in 2005 became a charity. Since then it has spread into regular community dance groups, two dance theatre performance groups, an Art studio and Shallal Sketchbooks it continues to develop its provision in answer to the needs and talents of those involved. Connect & Create, Shallal’s response to lockdown, has maintained outreach and contact, and extending to many it hasn’t reached before.

Please help us realise our dream of a beautiful poetry book made accessible to all, order one or more! or be even more involved... - especially for this time of lockdown


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

£15 Illustrated poetry book

A copy of the poetry book

£15 or more

£15 Illustrated Poetry book

A unique beautiful poetry book.

£25 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Poetry Books

2 Poetry books at reduced price of £12.50 each

£60 or more

£60 5 Poetry books

5 Poetry books at reduced rate of £12.00 a book, great gifts for family and friends.

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£100 5 Poetry books

5 Poetry books, a Thank you card made by a Shallal artist. 2 free tickets to our next performance.

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£400 be a philanthropist support Cultural Equality

Your generous support will enable 20% of the books to be sold for just a donation. You will receive a poetry book with a thank you card made by a Shallal artist and a free ticket to our next show.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Sole benefactor of Braille edition

The feel good factor of knowing that you are the sponsor for the poetry book translation into braille. One copy will be included in the RNIB library and 10 translations, one for you and nine to be distributed to groups or individuals - these can be of your choosing. Free ticket to all our future shows!

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed


We love you! This will enable us to collate all the audio and film for the accessible versions of the poetry book. 2 free ticket to all our future shows. Thank you card made by a Shallal artist. You will have helped Shallal Dance Theatre members be involved in finishing this project, and developing accessible inclusive formats to be available free online.

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