ELEANOR MCLEOD M.A. (Ed) Cert. Ed. LLAM. STSD
Eleanor McLeod comes from Swansea where she gained a love of performing and the spoken word through the LAMDA examinations, gaining her teaching diploma. She became a professional actress for more than twenty years, frequently presenting Shakespeare to schools all over the world and working in theatre, radio and television. She is currently a teacher of Speech and Drama, a member of the LAMDA Examining Board and a BIFF adjudicator, which again has been an opportunity to work overseas as well as in the UK. She still performs when she has time and as a writer, has had two books of her poems for children published and a selection of monologues and duologues for young performers, She is always pleased to share the talent of young Festival performers as their enthusiasm is a joy and she is passionate about nurturing the spoken word in this age of digital communication. Interaction with them is such a pleasure when praising their work. She loves hearing her own pieces performed! She is delighted to be invited to Cornwall as a festival adjudicator.
Paul was born at Leedstown near Hayle in 1937, from where he attended Helston Grammar School (hating every minute of it!) He left school at the age of sixteen, and following his ambition to be a policeman, joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Force, serving at a number of east-end stations until his nineteenth birthday when he became a real police-officer! It was here in London and in court no less that he met his lovely, half Cornish wife Freda, whose mother came from Sennen. Paul remained in the Police Force until 1967 when together with Freda and their two children he returned to his roots and bought a small hotel in Porthleven. There he also pursued a career as a driving instructor, teaching no fewer than 1,000 people. After that Paul’s career took many a turn, leading to him setting up a firm of water engineers, which has been a success story now employing 10 staff members.Paul has retired several times but never actually stopped work until 2014. Paul cared for Freda for 21 years and until she died at Christmas 2018. Paul pursues a number of pastimes, including painting in various media and he is currently the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies Dialect Recorder.In 2018 and in total surprise Paul received the Grand Bard’s personal Awen Community Award, (in the form of a rather splendid medal, cast in Cornwall which is made of tin. If that was not enough and again as a total surprise, in 2019 the Council of the Gorsedh Kernow invited him to become a Bard for his work with Cornish Dialect.Paul considers himself privileged to have been born at a time when dialect was spoken as the norm in daily conversation and chat. This form of self expression has always fascinated him and he continues to make a keen study of it today and writing it as stories and poems when time permits.
Awen is a Welsh, Cornish and Breton word for "(poetic) inspiration". In the Welsh tradition, awen is the inspiration of the poet bards; or, in its personification.