Saturday 8th October 2016: Exeter Poetry Festival continues with Archetypes workshop with Julia Copus and readings from newly published books by Devon writers

Saturday 8th October

Archetypes: poetry workshop with Julia Copus

Exeter Community Centre, St. David’s Hill, EX4 3RG

Start: 2.15pm

Admission: Workshop places £25 (limited to 12 participants), tickets from Exeter Phoenix Box Office

Factions and sectors of humanity have always fascinated poets, and many of the poems written about them are among the most memorable we have. Philip Larkin takes a moving but uncompromising look at old age in The Old Fools, P.K.Page brilliantly captures the unpredictable, rambunctious nature ofYoung Girls, and American poet laureate Ted Kooser somehow convinces us that Surveyors have travelled to our roadsides straight from the middle ages. How do such poems manage to be both general and specific? And how can we make use of this knowledge to enrich our own writing?

Join poet Julia Copus in this stimulating three-hour workshop to find out. Julia will also take you on a whistle-stop tour of the line-break and demonstrate how lines can be manipulated to create a range of effects. You will come away with the makings of your own poem, and there will also be time to hear, share and discuss what you produce, should you wish to do so.


Image courtesy Julia Copus

Julia Copus was born in London and now lives in Somerset. She has published three collections of poetry: The Shuttered Eye (Bloodaxe, 1995), In Defence of Adultery (Bloodaxe, 2003) and The World’s Two Smallest Humans (Faber and Faber, 2012). All three collections are Poetry Book Society Recommendations. She has won First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2010). In 2012, she was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for Ghost Lines, a cycle of radio poems following the journey of a couple undergoing IVF treatment. Her latest poetry collection was published in 2012 by Faber and shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot and the Costa Poetry awards. In 2008, she was made an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. Julia is also an experienced judge and is currently on the judging panel for the T.S.Eliot Poetry Award and Encore Award for best second novel of the year. This year also sees the publication of her third picture book for children, The Shrew that Flew (Faber, 2016).

Devon poets on paper

Venue: City Gate Hotel, Cellar Bar, Lower North Street, Exeter, EX4 3RB

Start: 7.15pm

Admission: £3 on the door.

Another Festival tradition – a celebration of 4 Devon poets who have had collections published in the past year.

helen evans

Image: Helen Evans

Featuring Ian Beech, Helen Evans, Susan Taylor and Simon Williams.


Image: Ian Beech 


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