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Pz77: a town a tImE a tRiBe

An excerpt by Leigh Jacobs


“Being a stone carver, I cannot talk about the 1970s in Penzance without mentioning the wild, hard, and raw influence of granite. When my family first moved down from London to Long Rock at the end of 1970, my old playground of derelict houses and old bomb sites suddenly changed completely. The horizons expanded, being filled with the wild Atlantic and the natural sculpture forms of granite that erupted from the moors, almost like the land was displaying its bones. This was my new playground and I started to explore it with a friend. I met him in D-set maths, at Humphry Davy Grammar School. His name is Tony Corden and he introduced himself by scribbling on my arm. Together, we explored the less well-known nooks and crannies of West Penwith. We went through old adits into ancient mines and so experienced the granite in its dark heart. We liked to turn off our torches when we came to the end of a tunnel, and there in the darkness and dripping granite you could almost hear the heartbeat of the land. Tony was a fount of historical knowledge about the area, and along with his love of nature, these passions influenced my life.”


A passage by Leigh Jacobs from 'PZ77: A town a time a tribe'.


Narrated and edited by Simon Parker – and featuring more than ninety personal accounts – PZ77 is a unique story of time, place, friendship, community, and a passion for music, all centred around Penzance, Cornwall, in 1977. 


Published by Scryfa: an independent co-operative publishing company set up by Simon Parker to celebrate and promote contemporary Cornish writing.

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