Saturday 10th October at Exeter Poetry Festival

Please note the venue changes for our super Saturday of events at Exeter Poetry Festival on 10th October…

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Sat 10th Oct

GRETA STODDART Writing Workshop

Greta Stoddart

Photo courtesy Greta Stoddart

Venue: Exeter Central Library, Ground Floor Meeting Room, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ

10 am – 12.00 noon, £15.00 payment in advance

This workshop will focus on the SHORT POEM exploring the question “When are a few lines enough to make a poem, rather than a mere impression?”  Class size: 12 delegates. Please contact to reserve a place.

CLARE POLLARD and Jaybird Live Literature – performing Ovid’s Heroines

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Photo courtesy Jaybird Live Literature

Venue: Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS

3.30 – 5.00 pm, £9 / students and over 65’s £6

In his Heroides written in Rome around 20BC, Ovid created a series of letter poems in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth. Poet CLARE POLLARD’s new free verse translation, published as Ovid’s Heroines (Bloodaxe 2015), rediscovers Ovid’s work for the 21st century, bringing to life a cast of women who are brave, bitchy, sexy, horrifying, heartbreaking and surprisingly modern. In this new production by Jaybird, who brought us last year’s innovative Ramayana, Clare reads, recites and performs her poems, and love letters fly back and forth between the ancient world and modern Britain.

EXLIBRIS  2015 on the theme of Threads

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Photo by Gregory Pearson

Venue: Exeter Central Library, Rougemont Room, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ

6.30 – 7.30 pm, free open event

Launching Exeter Poetry Festival’s pamphlet EXLIBRIS 2015 featuring 12 selected works by Devon based poets  judged to be outstanding, written on the theme of Threads – responding to local textile and craft industries past and present.


Congratulations to the following Devon poets whose poems will be featured in this year’s Festival anthology:

David Arnott, Spin A Yarn

Graham Burchell, She Went Away Singing

Ian Royce Chamberlain, Freehand

Chris Considine, Dyed in the Wool and Spinster

Sally Douglas, The Cliff

Rebecca Gethin, Stitched Up

Virginia Griem, No Tears Now Child As You Lie So Quiet

Hannah Linden, Finishing Touches

Susan Taylor, Shepherdess RAMM

Clare Hepworth-Wain, How We Came To Make Lace

Simon Williams, Spinning & Weaving

THREE DEVON POETS: Frances Corkey ThompsonJennie Osborne and Jane Spiro

Readings from NEW COLLECTIONS by 3 Devon Poets

Venue: Exeter Central Library, Ground Floor Meeting Room, Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ

7.45 – 8.45 pm, £5 (tickets at the door)

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Photo courtesy Frances Corky Thompson

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Photo courtesy Jennie Osborne

Photo courtesy Jane Spiro

Photo courtesy Jane Spiro

Join us for the Festival’s concluding event to celebrate new collections by three Devon poets:

Frances Corkey Thompson, Wild Gooseberries of Hailung (Indigo Dreams, 2015)

Jennie Osborne, Colouring Outside the Lines (Oversteps Books, 2015)

Jane Spiro, Playing for Time (Oversteps Books, 2015)


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