Uncut Poets with Ian Royce Chamberlain and Jenny Hamlett at 19.30 on 26th October 2017 at Exeter Phoenix

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October’s Uncut Poets in the Phoenix Workshop welcomes as guests two local luminaries who have new publications to share. Ian Royce Chamberlain’s work explores our times and landscapes with a thoughtful affability, a care for nature and an eye for the absurdities of later life; his intriguingly titled “Vertigo and beeswax’ is published by Oversteps.

Jenny Hamlett’s ‘Playing Alice’ is her second collection from Indigo Dreams; Jenny’s vision and language are always clear and compelling, and warmed by a sympathetic engagement with landscapes and people, dreams and losses. 

Since Alasdair Paterson has reached a birthday of biblical proportions and is being taken on a variety of mystery trips by family and friends (hopefully none of them one-way) the evening will be compered by two mystery presenters. They will be superintending the 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each that are available; contact Alasdair for one of these – though a few are earmarked for last month’s reserves via a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk or by phone at 07783 734523.

Admission still at the bargain price of £5 (£3 open mic and concessions).

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Plymouth Language Club at the Plymouth Literature Festival 2017 on Saturday 21st October

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As part of the forthcoming Plymouth Literature Festival, the Language Club will be organising a poetry reading. This will take place at Plymouth’s Athenaeum on Saturday 21st October at 7.30 pm and the following six readers will take part.

Liz Adams (Exeter) writes a poetry that often relates visual art to the written/spoken word. Her published work includes the poetry collection Green Doberman.

Melisande Fitzsimons is a translator/poet who writes in both French and English (sometimes combining the two). Her work has been published in various magazines, here and abroad, including The Broadsheet and Tears in the Fence. She recently featured at the Tears in The Fence Poetry Festival in Dorset.

Helen Foster (Cornwall) is a long-running participant in Language Club events and her work has been published in the Plymouth anthology In the Presence of Sharks as well as in Shearsman magazine.

Norman Jope has published four collections of poetry: For the Wedding Guest (Stride), Aphinar and The Book of Bells and Candles (Waterloo Press) and Dreams of the Caucasus (Shearsman). He co-organises The Language Club and has also edited a compilation of essays on the work of the poet Richard Berengarten.

Kenny Knight is famous for his two collections of poetry on the matter of Plymouth – The Honicknowle Book of the Dead and A Long Weekend On The Sofa (both Shearsman). He also runs the writing group Cross Country Writers which organises events mainly, but not exclusively, in Plymouth.

Steve Spence is co-organiser of the Language Club and has published three poetry collections including A Curious Shipwreck (Shearsman) which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for a first collection in 2008. His poetry and reviews have featured in a number of magazines.

Entry is on the door, £3.

Please see http://www.plymouthliteraturefestival.co.uk/events for further details of the Festival programme.

Better late than never: Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 Slam is at the Bike Shed Theatre on October 15th at 7.30pm

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Event:   EXETER POETRY FESTIVAL SLAM 2017
Date:     Sunday 15th October
Time:    19.30
Price:    £6/£5
Tickets: Bike Shed Box Office or on the door
Venue:  BIKESHED THEATRE
Map:      Location

Separated from Festival week by cruel fate/healthy self-respect, Exeter’s annual slam marathon is brought to you by seasoned spoken word impresario Tim King in partnership with Clare Engenoi Smyth. Expect – well, anything, really.

Celebrating Roger Farnworth: Painter, Poet, Archaeologist

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Terre Verte Gallery Altarnun and Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival invite you to a special day celebrating Roger’s art, poetry, and interest in the archaeology of Bodmin Moor on Saturday 28th October 2017.

In the morning Historic England’s Pete Herring will lead a walk to Rough Tor, sharing Roger’s insights into the Neolithic mind. There will be a soup, snack and wine lunch at Terre Verte followed by a celebration of the Roger and Laura Farnworth Arts Residency Project.

Enjoy a fine exhibition of Roger Farnworth’s paintings of flowers, nudes, and the Cornish sea and landscapes he loved so much. These are for sale at affordable prices. The work of Farnworth Residents Ros Eastman and Tim Ridley will also be on show as will some of Roger’s collection of African masks.

We will round off the day with a poetry reading, led by Roger’s friend, co-director of Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival and award-winning poet Ann Gray.  Ann will introduce readings of Roger’s poems and original poetry and prose by Farnworth Residents Helen Jagger, Ben Smith, Katrina Naomi (read by Tim Ridley) and Lucy Wood.

Schedule

10.00am. Meet at Rough Tor car park.

1.30pm. Meet at Terre Verte Gallery for lunch and viewing.

2.30pm. Readings.

4pm. Close.

This is part of an exhibition of Roger’s paintings at the Terre Verte Gallery (a contemporary art gallery established on the edge of Bodmin Moor) from 6th October to 3rd November 2017.

Find out more about the day: david.westwords@clara.co.uk; terreverteinfo@gmail.com;  cathyfarnworth@hotmail.com

 

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Have a night in after a busy week at Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 and tune into BBC4 tonight

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19:10

Betjeman and Me: Rick Stein’s Story

Rick Stein celebrates John Betjeman’s love for the English seaside.

20:00

Cornwall’s Native Poet: Charles Causley

Profile of Charles Causley, one of the great poets of his generation. A film by Jane Darke and Andrew Tebbs. 

21:00

Men Who Sleep in Cars

Drama following three men in Manchester during one night in September, written in verse by Michael Symmons Roberts. 

22:00

Child in Mind

Women at risk of repeat removals of kids from their care take part in a project in Hull.

23:00

Rhymes, Rock & Revolution: The Story of Performance Poetry

How the edges between performance poetry and popular music have become blurred.

See Emily Berry close Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 reading at The Barnfield Theatre on Saturday 30th September

Event:  EMILY BERRY AND ANDY BROWN
Date:     Saturday 30th September
Time:    19.30
Price:    £12/£10/£8
Tickets: Barnfield Box Office or on the door
Venue:  BARNFIELD THEATRE
Map:      Location

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Emily Berry is the author of Dear Boy (Faber & Faber, 2013), which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize, and Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber, 2017), shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. A selection of her work also appears in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If We’re Scared We Can’t Win. She is the editor of The Poetry Review.

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Andy Brown is an Associate Professor in English & Creative Writing, and Director of the Writing Programme at the University of Exeter. His most recent books of poetry are Watersong (Shearsman Books, 2015) and Exurbia (Worple 2014). He has recently co-edited A Body of Work: an anthology of poetry and medical writing (Bloomsbury, 2015) with Dr Corinna Wagner, and edited and contributed to The Writing Occurs as Song: A Kelvin Corcoran Reader (Shearsman 2014). He published an historical novel, Apples & Prayers (Dean Street, 2015) and is working on a new novel, The Midnight Mechanic, centred around cholera and the sanitary developments in Victorian London.

It’s National Poetry Day! Tickets for Linton Kwesi Johnson have sold out tonight but are still available for our Friday and Saturday events…

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Event:   KEI MILLER AND HARRY MAN
Date:     Friday 29th September
Time:    19.30
Price:    £12/£10/£8
Tickets: Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:  EXETER COMMUNITY CENTRE
Map:      Location

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Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, broadcaster and blogger. His many books include the novel Augustown (W&N, 2016) and poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet, 2014) which won the Forward Prize (Best Poetry Collection of 2014). In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He has been an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa and a visiting writer at York University in Canada and at the Department of Library Services in the British Virgin Islands; he was also a Vera Rubin Fellow at Yaddo. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Exeter University.

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Harry Man was born in 1982. His first pamphlet, Lift won the Bridges of Struga Award in 2014, and his second pamphlet, a collaboration with the artist Sophie Gainsley, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2017. His poetry has been translated into Swedish, Chinese, German, Dutch and Slovak among other languages, and he was a 2016 Hawthornden Fellow. Last year Harry Man was a Clarissa Luard Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence, as well as a TOAST Poet; he was also poet in residence at the StAnza Poetry Festival in Scotland. Together with his partner Jennifer Essex, Harry Man has written a new collaborative dance and poetry work for children called Space Rebel Princess which is currently touring to festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

In partnership with: renone

Event:  EMILY BERRY AND ANDY BROWN
Date:     Saturday 30th September
Time:    19.30
Price:    £12/£10/£8
Tickets: Barnfield Box Office or on the door
Venue:  BARNFIELD THEATRE
Map:      Location

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Emily Berry is the author of Dear Boy (Faber & Faber, 2013), which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize, and Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber, 2017), shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. A selection of her work also appears in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If We’re Scared We Can’t Win. She is the editor of The Poetry Review.

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Andy Brown is an Associate Professor in English & Creative Writing, and Director of the Writing Programme at the University of Exeter. His most recent books of poetry are Watersong (Shearsman Books, 2015) and Exurbia (Worple 2014). He has recently co-edited A Body of Work: an anthology of poetry and medical writing (Bloomsbury, 2015) with Dr Corinna Wagner, and edited and contributed to The Writing Occurs as Song: A Kelvin Corcoran Reader (Shearsman 2014). He published an historical novel, Apples & Prayers (Dean Street, 2015) and is working on a new novel, The Midnight Mechanic, centred around cholera and the sanitary developments in Victorian London.

Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 is on all week and there are events for every poetry lover to enjoy

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Following the Festival reading by Linton Kwei Johnson on Thursday, now virtually sold out, there are two more first-class readings to round out the week and help poetry lovers build up a store of poetic goodies before winter sets in. The readings feature not one but two winners of Forward Poetry prizes, two Professors and the new editor of Poetry Review.

Event:   KEI MILLER AND HARRY MAN
Date:     Friday 29th September
Time:    19.30
Price:    £12/£10/£8 (students)
Tickets: Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:  EXETER COMMUNITY CENTRE
Map:      Location

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Kei Miller’s many books include the novel Augustown (W&N, 2016) and poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet, 2014) which won the Forward Prize (Best Poetry Collection of 2014). In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Exeter University.

EPF 2017 HM

Harry Man’s first pamphlet Lift won the Bridges of Struga Award in 2014, and his second pamphlet, a collaboration with the artist Sophie Gainsley, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2017. in 2016 he was a Hawthornden Fellow and a Clarissa Luard Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence.

Event:  EMILY BERRY AND ANDY BROWN
Date:     Saturday 30th September
Time:    19.30
Price:    £12/£10/£8 (students)
Tickets: Barnfield Box Office or on the door
Venue:  BARNFIELD THEATRE
Map:      Location

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Emily Berry is the author of Dear Boy (Faber & Faber, 2013), which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize, and Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber, 2017), shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. A selection of her work also appears in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If We’re Scared We Can’t Win. She is the editor of The Poetry Review. 

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Andy Brown is an Associate Professor in English & Creative Writing, and Director of the Writing Programme at the University of Exeter. His most recent books of poetry are Watersong (Shearsman Books, 2015) and Exurbia (Worple 2014). He has recently co-edited A Body of Work: an anthology of poetry and medical writing (Bloomsbury, 2015). 

New tickets have been released for Linton Kwesi Johnson appearing at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 28th September. Get them while you can!

Screen Shot 2017-09-23 at 10.53.26Event:   NATIONAL POETRY DAY: LINTON KWESI JOHNSON

Date:     Thursday 28th September
Time:    20.00
Price:    £15
Tickets: Phoenix Box Office
Venue:  PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE
Map:      Location

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Linton Kwesi Johnson was born in 1952 in Chapelton, Clarendon, Jamaica. He came to London in 1963, went to Tulse Hill secondary school and later studied Sociology at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. He was a member of the Black Panthers, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1977 he was awarded a C Day Lewis Fellowship, becoming the writer-in-residence for Lambeth. He then worked at the Keskidee Centre, the first home of Black theatre and art.

In 1974 Race Today published Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead. He has had four more books published and in 2002 became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums, including LKJ Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist.

Linton Kwesi Johnson has been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981. He has worked in journalism and is also a Trustee of the George Padmore Institute. In 2003 Johnson was bestowed with an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths College.

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This exclusive South West performance is part of Exeter Poetry Festival in support of community radio station Phonic FM. Support will be provided by Louisa Adjoa Parker, with Phonic FM reggae DJs in the bar afterwards.