Thank you to The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation

Events such as Exeter Poetry Festival could not run without the financial support and encouragement from charities and organisations. The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation is one such organisation that we wish to thank for its part in making Exeter’s second poetry festival possible.

Ronald Duncan (1914-1982) was a productive West Country author whose literary career encompassed journalism, fiction, poetry, film scripts and plays.


He is best known as a playwright for This Way to the Tomb (1946), his epic poem ‘Man’ (The Complete Cantos, 1970) and as the librettist for The Rape of Lucretia (1947) an opera he co-wrote with Benjamin Britten.  He was also a farmer, horse and pig breeder and wartime pacifist who lived and worked most of his life in North Devon.

The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation is a charitable trust that exists to promote the work and achievements of Ronald Duncan. It further encourages creative excellence and advances causes the Trustees deem to be of value. This encouragement applies particularly to writing, poetry and performance.

The Trustees have recently sponsored events at Ways With Words (Dartington), and the Ledbury Festival and a performance of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Arcola Theatre London, as well as grants to many arts organizations with a special focus in the South West of the UK.


This year Harry Guest and Lawrence Sail are the two poets reading at The Ronald Duncan Reading on Friday 7th October from 7pm-9pm at Exeter Central Library. Tickets from

For more information about the Ronald Duncan Foundation, visit


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