Poetry in the City at Exeter Central Library on March 23
Poetry in the City is the first in an occasional series of poetry readings from Exeter Library Live and Exeter Poetry Festival.
Damian Furniss first full collection Chocolate Che was highly commended in the Forward Prize. His pamphlet The Duchess of Kalighat won the Tears in the Fence competition. He is currently co-editing The Captain’s Tower: Seventy Poets Celebrate Bob Dylan at Seventy, singled out by The Guardian as a book to watch out for in 2011. Using forms as varied as their subjects – travelling among revolutionaries in Latin America, taking on the voices of the great artists of the twentieth century, working with dying destitutes in India – his poetry works
images into narratives that are both darkly humorous and strangely moving.
David Woolley has been writing poetry since the age of eight, but he’s still not sure what he is doing or why. His favourite poets are usually Keats, Dylan Thomas and Roy Fisher. He has published one pamphlet and three collections, mostly from Headland Press, the latest being Pursued by a Bear. He mistrusts the terms ‘performance poetry’ ‘spoken word’ ‘page poet’ etc – “it is either well-crafted or it isn’t, and you either enjoy hearing/seeing it read aloud or you don’t. I hope you do…”
Jos Smith grew up in Canterbury and has lived in Liverpool, Nottingham and Exeter. He has had an enduring interest in poetic geographies and the writing of place. In 2005 he ran an outdoor poetry and visual art project, No Man’s Orchard, funded by the Arts Council. More recently he has had poems published in Poetry Wales and Brittle Star and is currently writing a PhD on the ‘New Nature Writing’ movement in British and Irish literature.
The event takes place at Exeter Central Library on Wednesday 23 March, at 7pm. Tickets are £4 and are available from the lending library or on the door on the night. Tickets can be reserved by calling 01392 384201