Cornwall

Cornish poet Jack Clemo's writing desk restored

Jack Clemo's restored writing desk. Pic: Wheal Martyn Museum Image copyright Wheal Martyn Museum
Image caption The restoration work was carried out after an anonymous donor funded it

The desk where Cornish poet Jack Clemo worked has been restored.

Clemo, who lost his sight as a young man, won several awards and praise for his poetry about Cornwall. He died in July 1994, aged 78.

The refurbished desk, which had missing handles and hinges, has been put back on display at the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum in St Austell, staff said.

The work was carried out after an anonymous donor gave £300 to carry out the repairs.

Clemo was born in Goonmarris Slip, in the heart of St Austell's china clay country, in 1916.

His poetry and prose became internationally recognised and in 1951 he won a Festival of Britain prize.

Image caption The desk previously had missing handles and hinges
Image copyright Courtesy of Wheal Martyn Museum
Image caption Jack Clemo won a Festival of Britain prize in 1951

Clemo produced works including Wilding Graft, which won an Atlantic Award; and a collection called The Clay Verge released in 1951.

In 1970, he was crowned Poet of the Clay at the Gorsedd - Cornwall's unofficial national assembly.

He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter.

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