Exeter Poetry Festival 2016: Press Release


Exeter Poetry Festival, 3rd to 9th October 2016. This year we are going back to our roots, offering the best the West Country poetry scene has to offer, while inviting to Exeter some special guests from further afield.

Poets appearing at various venues from Monday to Sunday include Hannah SilvaTim King and Mantie Lister; a variety of West Country poets featuring in the Broadsheet magazine, launching on Tuesday; South African poet Eliza Kentridge, who reads from her latest award-winning collection and is in dialogue with psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist Mark Solms; five individual poets recently published by Indigo Dreams; Annie Freud and Penelope Shuttle in a double bill; four recently published Devon poets reading from their new collections and Exeter’s Mincinglake Poets. The Poetry Slam is our grand finale on Sunday night.

If you want stimulus for writing yourself, come and design a poster poem (adults and children) or join the poetry workshop on Archetypes with Faber poet Julia Copus.

For further information, see: www.exeterpoetryfestival.wordpress.com
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Uncut Poets with Rosie Jackson at 19.30 on 29th September at The Exeter Phoenix


Back from its summer break, with just enough room to squeeze itself into the Devon poetry calendar before the Exeter Poetry Festival, Uncut Poets returns to the Phoenix space they call The Workshop. Our guest this month is Rosie Jackson, whose first poetry collection ‘The Light Box’ was published by Cultured Llama in April; as well as poetry, she has written fiction and non-fiction (e.g.on the arts in health care), and leads workshops on memoir writing.

Back on the mixing desk (figuratively speaking) will be Liz Adams and Alasdair Paterson, and there are the usual 10 open mic spots of 5 minutes each. Anyone wishing to book one of these can contact Alasdair here on FB, at a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk or by phone at 07783 734523. Admission is £5 (£3 concessions and open mic) and there will be a bar quite close by.

Change of lineup: Helen Boyles now joins the Indigo Dreams Tour on 6th October at Exeter Community Centre

Indigo Dreams tour

Venue: City Gate Hotel, Cellar Bar, Lower North Street, Exeter EX4 3RB

Start: 7.30pm

Admission: £3 on the door


Image: Indigo Dreams

National Poetry Day is celebrated by a reading from 5 poets, all published by the innovative independent poetry publisher Indigo Dreams.

Poets are: Ben Banyard, Mab Jones, Bethany W. Pope, Helen Boyles and Simon Williams.

Change of time and venue: Launch of this year’s Broadsheet now 7.00pm on 4th Oct at Queen’s Building, Exeter University

Tuesday 4th October

The Broadsheet

Venue: City Gate Hotel, Cellar Bar, Lower North Street, Exeter EX4 3RB

Start: 7.30pm

Admission: £3 on the door.

Image courtesy Simon Williams

The latest issue of The Broadsheet, edited by Simon Williams and Susan Taylor, is launched with a flourish and readings by many of those whose poems have been selected for this annual publication, traditionally a Festival highlight.

Eliza Kentridge wins University of Johannesburg prize for best debut, appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival on 5th October


‘The Back Seat of my Mother’s Car’ by Julia Copus, appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival on 8th October


‘Opposition’ by Hannah Silva, appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival on 3rd October

Penelope Shuttle reading ‘Missing You’ from REDGROVE’S WIFE, appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival on 7th October

Annie Freud reads ‘Maidenhair’, appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival on 7th October


Mark Solms on land ownership in South Africa: turning neuropsychoanalysis into wine. Appearing Exeter Poetry Festival 5th October