Jacqueline Saphra and Melanie Branton with Michelle Madsen at Exeter Poetry Festival at 7.30pm on Saturday 6th October 2018 at Exeter Phoenix

Jacqueline Saphra read drama at university and graduated in screenwriting from the National Film School. She is a former presenter of the highly successful The Shuffle series of readings at the Poetry Society and in 2011 brought out her first full collection, ‘The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions‘ (Waterways) in 2011. Her collection from Nine Arches Press, ‘All My Mad Mothers’, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize and in the same year ‘A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller’ was published by Hercules Editions. She lives in London and teaches at The Poetry School.

Lee Miller, the subject of Jacqueline’s latest work, was an American
photographer and photojournalist who was war correspondent for Vogue magazine during World War II. A collaborator and lover of the artist Man Ray, friend of Picasso and Cocteau, she later married the British surrealist Roland Penrose and moved to Britain.

Event:    Jacqueline Saphra and Melanie Branton with Michelle Madsen
Date:      Saturday 6th October 2018
Time:     19.30
Price:     £6 (£5 concessions)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:   Exeter Phoenix Dance Studio, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS
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The Alex Cluness Memorial Reading with Fiona Benson, Ann Gray, David Woolley and Alasdair Paterson at Exeter City Gate Hotel on Thursday 4th October 2018 at 7.30pm

Alex Cluness

Tonight’s reading celebrates the life and work of Alex Cluness, who died in Scotland earlier this year aged only 49. Alex was an arts administrator and poet whose collections include Mend2005Disguise and Shetland and other poems. He co-founded Literature Works in the South West of England and through it the Exeter Poetry Festival itself, later developing such programmes as Writing Places, One Giant Read and National Memory Day, and setting up Young Writer Groups in more than 60 libraries; he was a prime mover in the project to save Charles Causley’s house and in the establishment of the Grassroots Literature Fund. Back in his native Shetland he worked as Shetland Arts’ first literature development officer, championed the Shetland dialect and later joined the Poetry Archive as a lead Archivist in creating a Scotland collection and archiving the 20 years of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

The evening will feature readings from Fiona Benson and Ann Gray, with contributions from other South West poets who knew Alex: David Woolley and Alasdair Paterson. Some of Alex’s poetry will also be read. Prices are lowered for this event thanks to financial assistance from Literature Works. 

Event:   The Alex Cluness Memorial Reading
With:    Fiona Benson, Ann Gray, David Woolley and Alasdair Paterson
Date:     Thursday 4th October 2018
Time:    19.30
Price:    £3 (£2 concessions)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:   City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Exeter, EX4 3RB
Map:      Location

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Preview reading from the PLAY anthology at the Exeter City Gate Hotel on Monday 1st October 2018 at 7.30pm

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The 2018 Exeter Poetry Festival kicks off with a preview event hosted by Simon Williams and Susan Taylor; it features readings from some of the (over 100) contributors to the forthcoming PLAY anthology, which celebrates all aspects of playing. There will be reveals/projections of some of the anthology’s illustrations and a facsimile of the book, proceeds from sales of which will be dedicated to the construction of a play area on Vire Island, Totnes. The area will commemorate Simon and Susan’s beloved grandson Reuben, who died in a car accident late last year.

It will be possible to make advanced orders for the book, which will be published before Christmas.. Meantime, come along and enjoy this free event in the City Gate!

Event:   Preview of the PLAY anthology
Date:     Monday 1st October
Time:    19.30
Price:    Free
Venue:  City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Exeter, EX4 3RB
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Jacqueline Saphra and Melanie Branton with Michelle Madsen at Exeter Poetry Festival on Saturday 6th October 2018

Melanie Branton‘s first collection, My Cloth-Eared Heart, was published by Oversteps Books in 2017 and her second, Can You See Where I’m Coming From?, is to be published by Burning Eye in November 2018. Her work has appeared in various journals, including The Interpreter’s House, The High Window, Obsessed With Pipework and The Frogmore Papers. She has appeared at festivals including WOMAD, the Bristol Poetry Festival and the Wolverhampton Literary festival and has represented Bristol in two national slam finals.

Event:    Jacqueline Saphra and Melanie Branton with Michelle Madsen
Date:      Saturday 6th October 2018
Time:     19.30
Price:     £6 (£5 concessions)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:   Exeter Phoenix Dance Studio, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS
Map:      Location

Matt Harvey and Kimwei McCarthy at Exeter Poetry Festival on Friday 5th October 2018

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Writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey’s way with words has taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian. He is host of Radio 4’s Wondermentalist Cabaret, creator of Empath Man, and author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts, Where Earwigs Dare, Mindless Body Spineless Mind and Sit! with artist Claudia Schmid. Recent collaborations include Peck! an opera for schools with Stephen Deazley, and a musical of Rumpelstiltskin with Thomas Hewitt Jones (“wit, charm and great songs” The Guardian)

Event:    Matt Harvey and Kimwei McCarthy
Date:      Friday 5th October 2018
Time:     19.30
Price:     £6 (£5 concessions)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:   Exeter Community Centre, 17 St Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG
Map:      Location

 

Opportunities for local poets to participate in Exeter Poetry Festival 2018

EPF 2018
Friday, 5 October. We have 5-minute slots for five people who would like to be in with a chance to read some of their poems, preceding sets with Kimwei and Matt Harvey. Text 07428 558069 with Open Mic and your name. Names will be drawn at random on the night. Ticketholders only.
Saturday, 6 October, 11 a.m. till 1.00. City Gate Hotel, Exeter. If you would like to join Exeter Poetry Reading Group this month for two hours of lively discussion of contemporary poems on the theme of Change, please email Chrissy Banks at seaember@live.co.uk. This is a free event.’

Uncut Poets with Josephine Corcoran at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 27th September 2018 at 7.30pm

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After its summer furlough, with more than a hint of mists and mellow fruitfulness (and vestigial suntan oil) in the air, Uncut is delighted to welcome Josephine Corcoran as special guest. The last time Josephine read for us, her poetry pamphlet ‘The Misplaced House’ had just been published (tall-lighthouse 2014); now a full collection ‘What Are You After?’ has come out from Nine Arches Press. She is also a writer of fiction and plays and is founder and editor of And Other Poems (www.andotherpoems.com).

The evening will be presented by Alasdair Paterson and, on this occasion, Chrissy Banks as non-mystery co-presenter.

10 open mic spots of 5 minutes each are available and should be applied for here at a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk.

Admission is still £5 (£3 open mic and concessions).

The Box Office for Exeter Poetry Festival 2018 is open!

EPF 2018

Event:   Launch of PLAY anthology
Date:     Monday 1st October
Time:    19.30
Price:    Free
Venue:  City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Exeter, EX4 3RB
Map:      Location

In place of the usual Festival edition of The Broadsheet, Simon Williams and Susan Taylor  will  be hosting a pre-launch reading of poems from a new anthology of poetry about play, a labour of love to commemorate their grandson Reuben and to raise money for a new play area on Vire Island in Totnes. There will be readings by contributors, projected images from the book and the opportunity to pre-order copies.

Event:   The Alex Cluness Memorial Reading
With:    Fiona Benson, Ann Gray, David Woolley and Alasdair Paterson
Date:     Thursday 4th October 2018
Time:    19.30
Price:    £3 (£2 concessions)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:   City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Exeter, EX4 3RB
Map:      Location

Alex Cluness

Alex Cluness, who died earlier this year at the age of 49, was a poet and arts administrator who was a driving force behind the establishment of the Exeter Poetry Festival. We are pleased to offer this tribute event on National Poetry Day.

The evening will feature readings from Fiona Benson and Ann Gray, with contributions from other South West poets who knew Alex: David Woolley, and Alasdair Paterson. Some of Alex’s poetry will also be read. Prices are lowered for this event because of financial assistance from Literature Works, for whom Alex once worked. 

Fiona Benson

Ann Gray

 

Event:    Matt Harvey and Kimwei McCarthy
Date:      Friday 5th October 2018
Time:     19.30
Price:     £6 (£5 concessions)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:   Exeter Community Centre, 17 St Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG
Map:      Location

With book titles such as ‘Where Earwigs Dare’,  ‘Mindless Body Spineless Mind’ and ‘The Element In The Room’ Matt Harvey has built a national reputation as a poet and performer, at once charismatic, hilarious and profound; he has been, in his time,  Official Wimbledon Championship Poet, presenter of Radio 4’s Wondermentalist and ecological columnist.

Kimwei McCarthy is this year’s Bard of Exeter. As well as a writer and performer of beguiling poetry, she is a formidably accomplished musician and singer-songwriter with a long involvement in the Exeter performance and spoken word scene.

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Event:   Afternoon Workshop with Anthony Wilson 
Date:     Saturday 6th October 2018
Time:    14.00-16.00
Price:    £20 (limited to 12)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office
Venue:   City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Exeter, EX4 3RB
Map:      Location

Poet, teacher and blogger Anthony Wilson has had several collections of poetry published, with another imminent from Worple Press. He is co-editor of the Bloomsbury titles ‘Making Poetry Matter’ and ‘Making Poetry Happen’, and editor of the acclaimed Bloodaxe anthology ‘Lifesaving Poems’. Intriguingly, he has chosen ‘work’ as the theme of today’s workshop.

Event:   Family Workshop with Jan Dean
Date:     Saturday 6th October 2018
Time:    11.00-16.00
Price:    Free
Venue:  Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ
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‘Poetry as you Pass’  Stop by and look for hidden poems. Find fabulous words and fit them together. Join Jan Dean to search for poems that are just waiting to be discovered.

Event:    Jacqueline Saphra and Melanie Branton with Michelle Madsen
Date:      Saturday 6th October 2018
Time:     19.30
Price:     £6 (£5 concessions)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:   Exeter Phoenix Dance Studio, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS
Map:      Location

Jacqueline Saphra’s collection from Nine Arches Press, ‘All My Mad Mothers’, was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize and in the same year ‘A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller’ was published by Hercules Editions. She lives in London and teaches at The Poetry School.

Melanie Branton’s first collection of poetry is ‘My Cloth-Eared Heart’ (Oversteps Books, 2017); her second will be published by Burning Eye in late 2018. Her full-length poetry show has been showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe and she represented Bristol at the Superheroes of Slam 2017 national finals.

Michelle Madsen is a poet, theatre maker, activist and investigative journalist. From giant salad tosses to interpretive haiku to compulsive mountaineering, Michelle’s work uses the absurd, the unexpected and the subversive to question power, privilege and the structures we live by.

Event:   Morning Workshop with Michelle Madsen
Date:     Sunday 7th October 2018
Time:    10.15-12.30
Price:    £20 (limited to 12)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office
Venue:  City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Exeter, EX4 3RB
Map:      Location

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A spoken word workshop with the host of Hammer and Tongue Slam Nights in Camden. Michelle Madsen is a poet, theatre maker, activist and investigative journalist. From giant salad tosses to interpretive haiku to compulsive moutaineering, Michelle’s work uses the absurd, the unexpected and the subversive to question power, privilege and the structures we live by. Michelle is a member of Poetry on the Picket Line, BP or Not BP and has appeared on BBC1 and BBC Radio 4, Resonance FM and NTS Radio.

Event:   South-West Poetry Writing Groups
With:    Company of Poets, Poetry Teignmouth, Moor Poets and Fire River Poets
Date:     Sunday 7th October 2018
Time:    14.00
Price:    Free
Venue:  City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, Exeter, EX4 3RB
Map:      Location

The Broadsheet

Members of Company of Poets, Poetry Teignmouth, Moor Poets and Fire River Poets will be reading some of their recent work and demonstrating the range and accomplished strength of the South West poetry scene.

 

Event:    Exeter Slam
Date:      Sunday 7th October 2018
Time:     19.30
Price:     £8 (£6 concessions)
Tickets: Exeter Phoenix Box Office or on the door
Venue:   Exeter Phoenix Main Auditorium, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS
Map:      Location

Tim King

The prestigious annual Festival Slam will be staged this year in a new venue but to the traditional formula. Tim King and Samantha Boarer will introduce a clutch of 12 duelling slammers who will perform to an enthusiastic audience and an expert panel of judges, in pursuit of a £75 cash prize and the chance to headline at Taking the Mic. Prepare to be amazed.

Uncut Poets with Ben Banyard and Mark Totterdell at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 26th July 2018 at 7.30pm

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July brings in our last Uncut before the (some would say well-deserved) August holiday. So put down the bucket and spade (and the sunblock, panama, bikini, mankini, rickety deckchair and butterfly net) and come along for an evening in the cool oasis of Devon poetry. 

Our guests this month are Ben Banyard and Mark Totterdell. Mark’s latest beguiling wanderings through Ordnance Survey sheets and whole taxonomies of birds, beasts and pubs have just been published as Mappings (Indigo Dreams 2018). Ben is sole proprietor of the Clear Poetry blog, an respected outlet for accessible poetry, and his own reflections on the relationships we make in this world have been published as Communings (Indigo Dreams 2016).

The evening will be hosted  as usual by Alasdair Paterson, together with the equally familiar Mystery Co-presenter. The usual 10 5-minute slots are available to first responders, either here on Facebook, by email at a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk or by phone at 07783 734523.

Admission £5 (£3 open mic and concessions). Bring a fan. Bring several fans.

Exeter Poetry Festival 2018 will be the week of National Poetry Day 4th October 2018; save the date!

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As in previous years, Exeter Poetry Festival 2018 will have events programmed around Exeter throughout the week of National Poetry Day which is Thursday 4th October 2018.

This 10th Festival will be in memory of our founder Alex Cluness who sadly died earlier this year.

We are grateful to the City Gate Hotel and Literature Works for their support.

The programme includes: