Uncut Poets with Damian Furniss at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 30th June 2016 at 7.30pm


June’s Uncut Poets features Damian Furniss, who will be reading from his recent Shearsman collection ‘The Best Of All Possible Worlds’ – an ambitious project that offers a poem for every year of the past century. Those who admired ‘Chocolate Che’, Damian’s previous collection, will recognise a characteristic mixture of the sardonic, the compassionate and the innovative.

The usual hosts, Liz Adams and Alasdair Paterson, will be navigating the evening through the Phoenix’s shape-shifting black hole still known as the Workshop. 10 open mic spots of 5 minutes each are available on a first come, first served basis, and can be booked by contacting Alasdair on FB, by email at a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk or by mobile on 07783 734523. When they’re gone they’re gone – even in a black hole. Bar and toilets readily available. Admission £5 (£3 open mic and concessions). See you soon!

Uncut Poets with Helen Boyles and Paul Mortimer at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 26th May 2016 at 7.30pm

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The May Uncut already – indeed the last Uncut before the days start getting shorter.  It’s being so cheerful that keeps us going. Still, lots of summer to come – and to set us up for those days of wine and roses, we welcome two guest poets well known to Uncut regulars. Helen Boyles will be reading from her recent pamphlet ‘Catching light’ (Indigo Dreams 2016), brimming with observant and thoughtful poems that celebrate landscapes and human interactions with them. Paul Mortimer is a poet and novelist who is a member of the performing poets group Junction 25; his lively and engaging first poetry collection “Fault line’ was published by Lapwing in 2015.

The evening will again be presented by Liz Adams and Alasdair Paterson. 10 open mic slots, each of 5 minutes, are available and can be booked by those first to contact Alasdair on the Facebook events page, by email at a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk or on 07783 734523.  Reserve listers who didn’t make it into the spotlight last time will have priority, but still need to confirm. The evening will start at 7.30pm; the current state of the redecoration of the Workshop space in the Phoenix is anyone’s guess, but there will be a bar nearby and toilets even nearer. Admission £5 (£3 open mic and concessions).

PAINTING AND POETRY Exeter Phoenix Sat 28 May 2016 1.30pm – 4pm £14 (£12.50)


Sat 28 May 2016 | 1.30pm – 4pm | £14 (£12.50)*

*Please note that there is a £1.50 fee per transaction



An interdisciplinary workshop ideal for all creatives whether new to painting, poetry, or both. Take inspiration from poetry as the starting point for your artwork.

This unique interdisciplinary workshop is ideal for artists, students and writers of all ages and abilities, whether new to painting, or poetry, or both.

Attendees will gain an insight into the fruitful relationship between art and poetry; further their technical skills; discover powerful new sources of inspiration; and learn how to use these stimuli to tap into their own creativity.

Working from Emily Dickinson’s poem I Saw No Way – The Heavens Were Stitched you will be tutored through how one can use poetry to inspire your creative process and also reflect on how painting can inspire creative writing.


Taking the literary side of the workshop will be Jaye Noble, a local poet and freelance writer.

Jaye specialised in the poems of Emily Dickinson while studying at Oxford University, where she graduated with a First in English Literature.

After spending a few years working in digital marketing in London and Brighton, she has returned to Exeter to focus on writing.

Jaye will be co-tutoring this session with Sarah John, an established teacher of life drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics here at Exeter Phoenix.


Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival: 27th to 29th May 2016

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Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival: 27th to 29th May 2016

A warm welcome to the fifth Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival. We hope that once again we have created a festival that will excite and inspire you, whether you dip in and out, or, as we hope, come for the whole week-end. This year we have the usual menu of readings, workshops, music and visual art, but have added quite a lot to the mix. After the positive response to last year’s Poetry Walk’ in partnership with ‘Walkers are Welcome’, we are offering that again, but also adding a second, coastal walk, combined with a writing workshop.

We also have an early morning Yoga session to warm you up for a poetry workshop, and a Flamenco dance presentation. As well as Jack Clemo’s centenary, we are marking the 400th of the Bard himself, and the 75th birthday of the great Bard of song Bob Dylan.


As for the poets themselves, we think that the mix of established names, younger stars and amazing new discoveries is our most exciting yet! From John Harvey and Pascale Petit to Declan Ryan and T.S.Eliot winner Sarah Howe we have poets of all ages and styles, whose only common theme is their excellence. We are very excited to have discovered Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck, with her extraordinary mix of passion and politics, fire and tenderness. Zeina’s mesmerising performance technique, coupled with skilled and passionate poems mark her out as something quite unique – don’t miss her!

We’ve also added to our music content with a Dylan tribute, the return of the magnificent Little Machine, and the launch of our commissioned CD of Clemo’s poetry set to music by the wonderful Jim Causley.

Our festival exhibition this year also commemorates Clemo and clay country, with work by Tony Martin, Heather Spears and Stan Dobbin.

So join us to listen and think, walk and talk, write-along or sing-along.

Just don’t miss it!

Ann Gray and David Woolley

Uncut Poets with Gale Burns at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 28th April 2016 at 7.30pm

gale burns

Uncut Poets welcomes Gale Burns as 28th April’s guest reader. Gale has been writer in residence at both the Sydenham Arts Festival and Kingston University; he is the convenor of The Shuffle series of readings held at the Poetry Society. His work has been published in three pamphlets, the most recent of which is ‘Opal Eye’ from Eyewear; a collection from Flipped Eye is due out in the current year.

The evening, held once more in the Exeter Phoenix Workshop space (better name awaited), will be compèred by Liz Adams and Alasdair Paterson. The usual 10 open mic spots are available, on a first come first served basis, by applying to Alasdair at a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk or by mobile on 07783 734523. Start time 7.30pm, admission £5 (£3 concessions or open mic).

Uncut Poets with Mark Haworth-Booth and Frances Corkey Thompson at Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 31st March 2016 at 7.30pm


Uncut Poets returns to Exeter Phoenix, albeit in an unfamiliar space. We’ll be meeting in The Workshop, which really has been a workshop hitherto and is located on the ground floor, to be reached by going to the left both of the box office and the downstairs toilets.  When last seen the space was in the throes of being cleared out, and while likely to be empty (apart from seats) may still resemble an abstract expressionist’s lumber room – a suitably edgy space in which to welcome two of North Devon’s finest (and Uncut regulars); Mark Haworth-Booth and Frances Corkey Thompson.

Mark’s career in museums led to his appointment to the post of Senior Curator of Photographs at the V&A; he was the first Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts London. His ‘Wild track: poems with pictures by friends’ was published by Trace Editions in 2005. Frances, formerly Lecturer at North Devon College, recently charmed and moved Exeter Poetry Festival audiences with a reading from ‘Wild Gooseberries of Hailung” (Indigo Dreams 2015), a collection chronicling her pilgrimage to parts of Manchuria where her father had worked as a missionary.

The evening will be compered by Alasdair Paterson and Liz Adams and there will be 10 x 5-minute open mic spots, to be allocated on a first come, first serve basis on application to Alasdair on the Facebook event page, by email (a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk) or mobile (07783 734523). Those reserves who came along last month but didn’t get a chance to read will have priority, but they need to confirm. Admission is still only £5 (£3 concessions and open mic) and of course there is a handy bar. There are also windows… Start time 7.30pm on 31st March.

Uncut Poets with Helen Evans and Graham Burchell at the Cellar Bar of the City Gate Hotel in Exeter on Thursday 28th January 2016 at 7.30pm

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Uncut’s first get-together of 2016 will take place on Thursday 28th January at 7.30 pm in the Cellar Bar of the City Gate, since the building shenanigans at the Phoenix are ‘ongoing’. We have not one but two local luminaries with recent collections to sample. Helen Evans will treat us to the literal (and metaphorical) thrills and qualms of flight in her ‘Only By Flying’, just out from Happenstance, while Graham Burchell (after some spectacular competition success) will introduce ‘Kate’ (Indigo Dream) and explain exactly what he means by ‘Cottage Pi” (forthcoming). Fingers crossed that Graham survives the Outback and fights off jet lag.

There are 10 open mic slots allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and booked through Alasdair here on Facebook, on a.t.paterson@exeter.ac.uk or by phone at 07783 734523. Admission still only £5 (£3 concessions and open mic performers), start around 7.30pm.

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival – Poetry workshop with Caroline Carver – 17th January 2016 -Terre Verte Contemporary Art Gallery, Altarnun, near Launceston

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17th JANUARY 2016

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival is pleased to announce our latest Poetry Workshop Day on Sunday 17th January 2016.

Wake up from the Xmas/New Year slumbers with a splash as we welcome

Falmouth poet Caroline Carver who will present a watery workshop

‘The Sea speaks with the vocabulary of Stone’. 

Caroline has just published her fifth collection, Fish Eaters from Plymouth University Press.  She has won many prizes, including the National Poetry Competition, and is a Hawthornden Fellow.  She is currently Poet-in-Residence with the Marine Institute, Plymouth University.  www.poetrypf.co.uk/carolinecarverpage.shtml

The workshop will take place at Terre Verte Contemporary Art Gallery, Altarnun, near Launceston, PL15 7SJ  www.richeart.co.uk 01566 880405

Works of art will be floating around us as we write!

Workshop will start at 11.30 am with a break for a light buffet lunch, then continue until around 3.15pm.  There will then be a short reading by Caroline and a read-around of poems by anyone who wants to join in.  This could be a poem produced during the workshop or any poem on the theme of water.

Please book a place in advance by emailing or calling David Woolley – david.westwords@clara.co.uk  0781 263 7113 – places will be limited.

The workshop will cost £12 or £10 for Students/Unwaged including lunch.

BMPF would like to thank Arts Council England Lottery Fund for its financial support, and Richard Sharland for hosting this event


Uncut Poets – 3rd December 2015 -7.30pm – City Gate Hotel, Exeter – with John Greening

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Uncut’s last congregation of the year has been moved from its usual ‘last Thursday of the month’ spot to the 3rd December. It has also transferred temporarily back to the City Gate Hotel (Cellar Bar). Our guest is John Greening, whose most recent publications include ‘To the War Poets’ (Carcanet) and ‘Poetry masterclass’ (Greenwich Exchange). John reviews for the TLS and has won several major honours including an Arvon Prize, the Bridport Prize, a Cholmondeley Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Scottish Arts Council Award. He is also a graduate of Exeter University.

There will be the usual 10 open mic spots of 5 minutes each. Anyone interested in one of these should inform Alasdair Paterson on email or via Facebook or leave a text on 07783 734523. The evening will be introduced by Liz Adams and one other, who may or may not be Alasdair, depending on circumstances. Admission is £5 (£3 open mic and concessions). The evening starts at 7.30.

Exeter Poetry Festival – Sunday 4th October – The Slam won by Amani Saeed

The 2015 Exeter Poetry Slam, keenly contested by 14 poets in front of a capacity audience in the Bike Shed Theatre, was deservedly won by Amani Saeed, Graham Chilcott coming a very close second. The evening was compered by Tim King and Morwenna Griffiths, and the performances were judged by Mantie Lister, Robert Garnham and Alasdair Paterson.

Amani Saeed Image courtesy of Ian Beech

Amani Saeed
Image courtesy of Ian Beech

Graham Chilcott Image courtesy of Ian Beech

Graham Chilcott
Image courtesy of Ian Beech

Tim King, Amani Saeed and Morwenna Griffiths Image courtesy of Ian Beech

Tim King, Amani Saeed and Morwenna Griffiths
Image courtesy of Ian Beech

Alasdair Paterson, Mantie Lister, and Robert Garnham  Image courtesy of Ian Beech


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