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The Word Voyages Team

Is made up of Sally Crabtree, Creative Consultant and Kate Picknett, Producer who between them create a great partnership of skills and experience. With very different backgrounds, they share a love of words and a curiosity to see where those words can lead us.

Sally Crabtree - Creative Consultant

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Sally Crabtree is an international songwriting poet, performance artist and children’s author who has become well known for her unique brand of interactive poetry installations . She has been described as “ One of Britain’s richest inventions “ ( Lars Gustafsson , nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature ) due to her innovative approach to presenting literature in ways that delights and inspire all those who engage with it . She has performed at prestigious International poetry festivals such as La Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia , European Voices , Helsinki , Festival de Poesia , Havana , as well as top poetry festivals in the UK such as StAnza , Ledbury ,Cheltenham and Edinburgh . She has also appeared at such other diverse venues as the opening ceremonies of the Venice Biennale, Glastonbury , the V&A , Port Eliot , Shakespeare and Co , Paris and Lover’s Day , Barcelona .

She was co-founder of TipofyourTongue – the UK’s first ever performance poetry festival which the Arts Council SW described as “ Fresh , creative, exciting and inspiring – a new festival star “ and has been at the helm of the children’s and poetry activities of the Sea Salts and Sail festival in Cornwall for the last 10 years.
She has worked as a book designer and writer for major publishers such as Scholastic, Random House US and was ‘ the creative force behind many successful novelty projects’ ( Macmillan Children’s Books)

At the age of 14 she won a scholarship to train in Russia as a gymnast and went on to become the youngest ever member of the GB Women’s gymnastics team. Since then she has been turning the world upside down with her cartwheeling poems and colourful , quirky performances. It is her originality and creativity that stands her out in the world of words ( the Greek word for poetry is “ one who creates “ ) and her work has been featured on TV and Radio both here and in the US .” Exhilarating ! “ BBC Radio 4’s Womans’ Hour   


Kate Picknett - Producer

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Kate Picknett has a wealth of business experience having establishing a successful career in the Sales & Marketing Department of Procter & Gamble, a multinational corporation, where she identified new markets and product lines and tracked their performance. The analytical skills learnt here have been applied in all her later roles, enabling her to clearly identify opportunities and deliver them in a timely fashion.

After a move to Cornwall for a life-style change she then spent 5 years working in local government identifying and delivering regeneration projects and developing an understanding of the needs of deprived communities, particularly in rural areas. This developed her communication and marketing skills as this role took her from small farming communities to large health trusts. This established her belief that if empowered individuals and communities can hugely improve their lifestyles and future achievements however, they often need some creative inspiration to raise their aspirations.

A further 5 years working for a local bakery company managing a field based sales team improved her organisational and project management skills and developed her knowledge of the business sectors within the South West. It also added costing and financial skills to her portfolio as she learnt to analyse balance sheets and P&L accounts.

These organisational and financial skills have been applied in a voluntary basis in other areas as Kate is Chairman of the committee that runs the local pre-school. This has involves managing a team of four staff, balancing the budget, ensuring all practices and policies are up to OFSTED standard and finding ways to communicate with parents. She has also been an integral part of the organising team for the Mousehole Sea, Salts & Sail Festival being responsible for the organisation and logistics of this 3 day festival including marketing, health & safety and working with Sally to deliver activities for the children.

Word Voyages

is a registered Community Interest Company. Registration Number 8657896.
Registered address 'Springfield' Mousehole Lane, Mousehole, Cornwall TR19 6TS