Vahni Capildeo at Plymouth Language Club on March 14th 2017 at 19.15


Vahni Capildeo, winner of the Forward Prize and shortlisted for the TS Eliot, will be reading at Plymouth Language Club, Plymouth College of Art lecture theatre, 7.15pm on 14th March. Other readers will be Jane Spiro, Norman Jope, Steve Spence and Rosie Smith.

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2017: 16th to 19th March 2017 with Jo Shapcott, Mario Petrucci, Katrina Naomi, and Alasdair Paterson

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Kelvin Corcoran is reading his poetry in the Queen’s Building of the University of Exeter on Thursday March 9th at 17.30

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Kelvin Corcoran will be reading his poetry on Thursday March 9th 2017 at 17.30 in the Senior Common Room of the Queen’s Building at the University of Exeter. 

Uncut Poets with Tilla Brading at 19.30 on 23rd February at Exeter Phoenix


Uncut Poets’ February line-up features Tilla Brading, erstwhile Director of the Porlock Poetry Festival and a well-known figure in these parts and further afield. Tilla’s innovative, exploratory work has a particular focus on landscape – how we experience it and develop ways of describing it. She has often found collaborative writing fruitful and will include in her performance a work written with Alasdair Paterson for the Enemies’ Project 2016 South West Tour.

The evening will be presented by Alasdair Paterson and a Mystery Co-presenter, now known to be Jan Dean. Ten open mic slots of strictly five minutes each are available on a first come, first served basis; last month’s reserves who came along and didn’t get the chance to read have priority this time, though they’ll need to confirm that they want a slot. Anyone wishing to book a slot should contact Alasdair here on FB, at or by phone on 07783734523. We’re back in the Top Studio, as our spiritual Phoenix home, the Workshop, is still unfinished – a bit like that poem that’s been driving you mad for months… Look forward to seeing you! Admission £5 (£3 open mic and concessions).

Uncut Poets with Aidan Semmens at 19.30 on 24th November at Exeter Phoenix


The last Uncut Poets of 2016 features as guest poet Aidan Semmens. Aidan has three collections from Shearsman Books: A Stone Dog (2011), The Book of Isaac (2013) and Uncertain Measures (2014), and is editor of the online magazine Molly Bloom.

Politically engaged and forthright, he also has a regular weekly column in the Eastern Daily Press and contributes occasional sports reports to The Independent. He is rumoured to support Ipswich Town.

The evening will be presented by Liz Adams and Alasdair Paterson and will take place in Exeter Phoenix in the Workshop, now sporting upmarket new light fittings. 10 open mic slots are available, and can be booked by contacting Alasdair here on FB, at or on 07783 734523. Admission is £5 (£3 open mic and concessions). Look forward to seeing you!

Uncut Poets with Caroline Carver at 19.30 on 27th October at Exeter Phoenix


Now the dust has settled on another exhilarating Exeter Poetry Festival, we’re back in Uncut Poets action with the ever-popular Caroline Carver as guest poet. Since her last reading with us, Caroline has been poet-in-residence with the Marine Institute, Plymouth University, an enviable appointment that resulted in her 2015 publication ‘Fish Eaters’ (University of Plymouth). Her latest, a pamphlet just out from Indigo Dreams, is ‘Ju Ju Baby’, an insightful and inventive treatment of myth, issues of personal growth and our place in the natural world.

The evening will as usual be mediated/moderated/jollied along by Liz Adams and Alasdair Paterson, and there are 10 open mic slots. These can be booked by contacting Alasdair here on Facebook, by email at or on 07783 734523. Any of last month’s open mic reserves who came along but were not called on will have priority, but should contact Alasdair anyway to confirm.

It’s likely that we’ll be back in the Phoenix Workshop, though a late transfer upstairs to the Top Studio is not impossible. Start time 7.30pm, admission £5 (£3 open mic and concessions).

Exeter Poetry Festival 2016 Competition Result


There were many inventive, intriguing and humorous entries for our Poem Titles Competition. Entrants were asked to create a title that would make the Festival Committee want to read the (unwritten) poem. Ian Beech was the winner with Einstein’s Theory of Relatives. He wins a £25 book token. Congratulations, Ian.

Review: The Mincing Poets at Studio 36 on Sunday 9th October 2016


‘To the Mincing Poets’ by Anthony Wilson

Sunday 9th October 2016: Exeter Poetry Festival finales with the Mincinglake Poets and the annual Slam!


Sunday October 9th

Mincing to Denmark.

Venue: Studio 36, Denmark Road, Exeter, EX1 1SE

Start: 2.15pm.

Admission: £3 on the door. (All admission monies go to support the gallery)


Photo courtesy Studio 36

A selection of the Mincinglake Poets, a loose affiliation of non-millionaires and accredited wordsmiths, will present some of their latest work in the unique setting of Studio 36.

Curated by Liz Adams with Ann Gray, Chrissy Banks, David WoolleyMark Totterdell, Alasdair Paterson, Annie Fisher, Anthony Wilson, Helen Evans and Damian Furniss.

Exeter Poetry Slam 2016

Venue: The Bikeshed Theatre, 162-163 Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT

Start: 7.30pm

Admission: £6 (£5 concessions) from the Bike Shed Theatre Box Office or on the door

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The Festival concludes with the annual Exeter Poetry Slam, hosted by Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King. Twelve of the finest poetic performers from the South West will go head to head in a gladiatorial contest reminiscent of the heyday of the Roman arena, slammers compete for the coveted title of Poetry Slam champion, under the eyes of the  Caeser-like judges. To apply to take part, email:

Exeter Poetry Festival: 3rd to 9th October 2016