Mercedes Kemp was born and grew up in Southern Spain. For the past thirty five years she has lived in West Cornwall. She started working at Falmouth University in 1992. She is Associate Director of WILDWORKS. WILDWORKS is an internationally renowned theatre company, pushing boundaries of participative and professional practice with a reputation for working on large scale public projects. www.wildworks.biz As well as the production of text and story line, her role within WILDWORKS involves creating and maintaining relationships with host communities, exploring their relationships with place and memory and adapting text to fit each new location. Her method involves a kind of eclectic ethnographic research into a variety of sources: archives, libraries, cemeteries, village halls, bus stops, local historians, town gossips, snapshots, old photographs, conversations, and, above all, a close observation of the process of memory and its effect on the value that people place on their environments. Her freelance work includes commissions for The Eden Project, The Guardian and BBC Radio 3. She worked as a writer for Kneehigh Theatre in Strange Cargo, Manel's Mango, Shop of Stories, Doubtful Island, Island of Dreams and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. She is a founding member of the writing and performing collective Scavel an Gow. Mercedes is Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies at Falmouth University.