That was the week that was: Exeter Poetry Festival 2014 in pictorial review

Monday 29th September

THE BROADSHEET

Simon Williams and Susan Taylor

Venue: City Gate Hotel, Cellar bar, Exeter

Time: 7.30pm

60 poets and poetry lovers crammed into the cellar bar for the launch of the second special festival edition of  The Broadsheet, featuring poems from Festival guests alongside work from some of the most talented poets resident in the South West

Launch of 'The Broadsheet'

Launch of ‘The Broadsheet’

Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Reaction on Twitter:

http://www.mixcloud.com/swcultureandreview/culture-review-on-phonic-fm-october-2014-forest-forge-exeter-contemporary-open-broadsheet/

Tuesday 30th September

NEXT GENERATION

Venue: Queen’s Building, Exeter University, Prince of Wales Road, EX4 45B

Time: 6pm – 7pm

Four of Exeter University’s brightest lights read for us as a poetic prelude to the Festival’s signature lecture with 30 joining them in the common room for a showcase of their creative writing talent.

Wei-Hsien Wan

Wei-Hsien Wan

Aisling Fahey, new Young Poet Laureate for London

Aisling Fahey, new Young Poet Laureate for London

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Mark Haworth-Booth

An attentive audience

BEYOND BORDERS:

With Víctor Rodríguez Núñez, Harry Guest and Martin Sorrell

Venue: Old Library, Exeter University

Time: 7.30pm – 9pm

60 people – mainly students from Exeter College and the University – filled the Old Library to hear experts in poetry translation read their work and discuss the joys and challenges of translation in practice. Introduced and facilitated by Dr. Andy Brown, Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at Exeter University, multi-award winning Cuban poet Víctor Rodríguez Núñez; poet read in Spanish with Damian Furniss reading his poems in translation by Kathleen Hebdeen; editor and specialist in Japanese and French translation, Harry Guest read from Victor Hugo and Basho among others; and esteemed academic, BBC playwright and translator Martin Sorrell entertained us with his takes on Rimbaud and Baudelaire, for a stimulating and multi-cultural evening of readings and debate.

Martin Sorrell, Victor Rodriguez Nunez and Harry Guest

Martin Sorrell, Victor Rodriguez Nunez and Harry Guest

Andy Brown

Andy Brown

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Harry Guest

Harry Guest

Victor Rodriguez Nunez

Victor Rodriguez Nunez

Damian Furniss

Damian Furniss

Reaction on Twitter:

@exeterpoetry Great readings from three brilliant poets and translators and much food for thought

@exeterpoetry fascinating, thought-provoking evening. Great range of poetry, loved hearing the different languages. Inspired.

Wednesday 1st October

THE RETOLD RAMAYANA

With Daljit Nagra

Venue: Roborough Studios, Exeter University, Prince of Wales Road, EX4 45B

Time: 7pm – 9pm. A two hour performance including interval.

We were thrilled to have the critically acclaimed Daljit Nagra amongst our line up this year, for a visually stunning retelling of the Ramayana. Daljt’s technicolour and multi-cultural version of the tale follows Rama’s quest to rescue his wife Sita from her abduction by Raavana, Lord of the Underworld.

Ahead of the event (6pm – 6:30pm) was a free illustrated lecture by Dr. Jerri Daboo, Senior Lecturer in Drama at Exeter University: “Exiling heroes and burning demons: examining two productions of ‘The Ramayana’ in Britain”.

Dr Jerri Daboo

Dr Jerri Daboo

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra

A glimpse of the Monkey Army

A glimpse of the Monkey Army

The signing

The signing

Happy members of the audience

Happy members of the audience

Reaction on Twitter:

A review of Daljit Nagra’s “The Retold Ramayana” at Exeter Poetry Festival. A visual & poetic triumph! http://xmedia.ex.ac.uk/wp/wordpress/exeter-poetry-festival-the-retold-ramayana-with-daljit-nagra/

Thursday 2nd October

NATIONAL POETRY DAY

With Gillian Clarke and Adam Horovitz

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

The Festival’s signature reading this year brought National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and upcoming poet and performer Adam Horovitz, described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘the real deal’ to the Exeter stage.

Adam Horovitz and Gillian Clarke

Adam Horovitz and Gillian Clarke

Adam Horovitz

Adam Horovitz

Gillian Clarke

Gillian Clarke

Reaction on Twitter:

Interview with Exeter Uni’s student newspaper Exeposé, in which I sound off about poetry, Laurie Lee and so forth… http://xmedia.ex.ac.uk/wp/wordpress/slad-culture/

Friday 3rd October

KATE TEMPEST

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Over 90 tickets were SOLD OUT in record time for critically acclaimed MC and spoken word artist Kate Tempest who came to Exeter for one night only. Her epic narrative poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize with a sell out run in the UK and New York. Everybody Down, her debut solo album, came out earlier in 2014 on Big Dada Records, also to vast acclaim. Her first full collection, ‘Hold Your Own’, was published by Picador on October 9th 2014 with preview copies on sale at the reading.

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest

In the Rougemont Room

In the Rougemont Room

At Exeter Central Library

At Exeter Central Library

Host: Liz Adams

Host: Liz Adams

Kate Tempest and her audience

Kate Tempest and her audience

Naomi Ziewe Palmer, Michelle Lester, Nikkie Huddart

Naomi Ziewe Palmer, Michelle Lester, Nikkie Huddart

Molly Walker, Alasdair Paterson, Leah Varnell

Molly Walker, Alasdair Paterson, Leah Varnell

Reaction on Twitter:

Yeah tonite – – urban grit hits twee-lined streets of Exeter

@katetempest @exeterpoetry In a word “inspirational”after 25 years I have reconnected with poetry #itsallgood

@exeterpoetry you did it again but with bells on! Extraordinary Kate Tempest – reckon we saw someone set to be up there with the greats.

WOAH @katetempest @ @exeterpoetry hold on to your nethers, this hurricane of a talent is taking the sedate world of poetry by storm

Just been to listen to the wonderful Kate Tempest at @exeterpoetry (which was quite ‘edgy & urban’ for someone who lives N of Crediton 🙂

Saturday 4th October – Daytime

THE FORGOTTEN OF WW1

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Severn and the Somme: the Untold Story of Ivor Gurney – a special screening of Redcliffe Film’s widely praised biopic of Ivor Gurney, the WW1 soldier, poet and composer.

Women Poets of WW1

Ann Gray, Rachel McCarthy, Helen Evans and Chrissy Banks read and respond to poems written by women living and working during the Great War including Charlotte Mew and May Sinclair.

Voices and Memory

ExLibris launched a pamphlet of poems based on WW1 objects held in Exeter Library’s archive written by pupils from Srover School and adult competition winners.

Chrissy Banks, Rachel McCarthy, Helen Evans, Ann Gray

Chrissy Banks, Rachel McCarthy, Helen Evans, Ann Gray

Lucy Lepchani

Lucy Lepchani

Saturday 4th October – Evening

THE RONALD DUNCAN READING

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FIONA BENSON & CARRIE ETTER

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Our final reading brought Fiona Benson, fresh from reading at the Forward Prize for Best First Collection for her widely acclaimed Bright Travellers, together with American poet Carrie Etter, whose latest work, Imagined Sons, was described by Bernard O’Donoghue as simply “of the utmost importance.”

Carrie Etter

Carrie Etter

The audience

The audience

Reaction on Twitter:

http://rebeccagethin.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/daljit-nagra-fiona-benson-carrie-etter-ted-hughes-in-less-than-a-week/

#Interview and #review for @Carrie_Etter, who visited @exeterpoetry earlier this month! An extremely talented #poet.
http://xmedia.ex.ac.uk/wp/wordpress/interview-and-review-carrie-etter/

Sunday 5th October – daytime

WORKSHOP : CARRIE ETTER   – Adventures in Prose Poetry

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 11am – 1pm

Award-winning poet and lecturer Carrie Etter delved into the intricacies of the prose poem, in reading and discussing wonderful works as well as composing our own.

The workshop

The workshop

Sunday 5th October 

THE FIFTH EXETER SLAM

Venue: Bikeshed Theatre

Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm

15 contestants, 3 rounds, 1 winner, a packed audience, much kudos.

James Turner won the prize of £50 cash and a further £50 paid slot at Spokes Amaze! Ian Beech was runner-up and Robert Garnham in third place.

Judges for the event were last year’s winner, Saskia Tomlinson, current Bard of Exeter Daniel Haynes and local poet Graham Burchell.

The judges: Graham Burchell, Saskia Tomlinson, Daniel Haynes

The judges: Graham Burchell, Saskia Tomlinson, Daniel Haynes

The winners: Ian Beech, James Turner, Robert Garnham

The winners: Ian Beech, James Turner, Robert Garnham

Reaction on Twitter:

Interview with 2014 Exeter Poetry Slam winner: James Turner – Exepose  Tom Tolkien http://xmedia.ex.ac.uk/wp/wordpress/interview-with-2014-exeter-poetry-slam-winner-james-turner/

All pictures (c) Ian Beech Images and courtesy of Excite Poetry with permission of and thanks to those photographed.

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