Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 starts 25th September: full programme and box office arrangements
Event: THE BROADSHEET LAUNCH
Date: Monday 25th September
Tickets: On the door
Venue: CITY GATE HOTEL
The Broadsheet, edited by Susan Taylor and Simon Williams, is an annual collection of South-West poetry published to coincide with the Exeter Poetry Festival and including some of the year’s featured poets. Contributors will be reading their successful submitted poems.
The voices of poetry today are diverse, dynamic and sometimes perplexing. This workshop offers readers of poetry an opportunity to consider examples of the work of some of our festival poets with particular reference to voice and form. It is suitable both for those wishing to gain a greater understanding of how to engage with contemporary poetry and for the more experienced reader. As readers we will find our own responses to these poems and the voices that speak from them. This is not a writing workshop, though it may give rise to new poems of your own and prompts arising from our reading may be given.
Chrissy Banks lives in Exeter. Her poems have been published widely in magazines and anthologies. A collection, Days of Fire and Flood, was published by original plus in 2005. She has recently written poems for the Trios project with photographers, poets and painters, forming a touring exhibition in 2017. This year she was shortlisted in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and won second prize in the Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Competition.
Linton Kwesi Johnson was born in 1952 in Chapelton, Clarendon, Jamaica. He came to London in 1963, went to Tulse Hill secondary school and later studied Sociology at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. He was a member of the Black Panthers, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1977 he was awarded a C Day Lewis Fellowship, becoming the writer-in-residence for Lambeth. He then worked at the Keskidee Centre, the first home of Black theatre and art.
In 1974 Race Today published Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead. He has had four more books published and in 2002 became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums, including LKJ Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist.
Linton Kwesi Johnson has been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981. He has worked in journalism and is also a Trustee of the George Padmore Institute. In 2003 Johnson was bestowed with an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths College.
This exclusive South West performance is part of Exeter Poetry Festival in support of community radio station Phonic FM. Support will be provided by Louisa Adjoa Parker, with Phonic FM reggae DJs in the bar afterwards.
Kei Miller is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, broadcaster and blogger. His many books include the novel Augustown (W&N, 2016) and poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet, 2014) which won the Forward Prize (Best Poetry Collection of 2014). In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. He has been an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa and a visiting writer at York University in Canada and at the Department of Library Services in the British Virgin Islands; he was also a Vera Rubin Fellow at Yaddo. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and is currently a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Exeter University.
Harry Man was born in 1982. His first pamphlet, Lift won the Bridges of Struga Award in 2014, and his second pamphlet, a collaboration with the artist Sophie Gainsley, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2017. His poetry has been translated into Swedish, Chinese, German, Dutch and Slovak among other languages, and he was a 2016 Hawthornden Fellow. Last year Harry Man was a Clarissa Luard Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence, as well as a TOAST Poet; he was also poet in residence at the StAnza Poetry Festival in Scotland. Together with his partner Jennifer Essex, Harry Man has written a new collaborative dance and poetry work for children called Space Rebel Princess which is currently touring to festivals throughout the UK and Europe.
Event: SET A POEM FREE: FAMILY WORKSHOP WITH LIZ BROWNLEE AND JAN DEAN
Date: Saturday 30th September
Time: 11.00 – 16.00
Venue: EXETER CENTRAL LIBRARY
Set a Poem Free. Family poetry workshop. Liz Brownlee and Jan Dean. Exeter Central Library, Children’s Library, Drop-in 11am – 4 pm. Come along and discover the wonderful world of poem-writing – featuring Giant Magnetic Poetry and the Poetree.
In Praise Of Brevity; a poetry writing workshop led by Sue Boyle. Bookable via the Phoenix box office, places limited to 12.
In poetry, less is (almost) always more. The poems which sing longest and deepest in our memories are often short, but they are also very often the poems which seem to have the most challenging and abiding things to say. How do good writers achieve this? What magic do they work with words? Could we begin to learn to do the same? A workshop to inspire poets of all persuasions and abilities to discover the power that can be released when their already good writing is pared back to the bone. .
Poet and poetry events organiser Sue Boyle runs regular six-hour Writing Days in Bath which attract writers from across the West Country and are regularly overbooked. Sue’s first collection of poems, Too Late for the Love Hotel, was one of the winners in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition in 2010. Her second, Safe Passage, was published by Oversteps Books in 2015. Her plays have been produced at festivals in Taunton and Torbay. Her poem ‘A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning’ is a Forward Poem of the Decade. It has been performed by Cerys Matthews and is on the current A Level syllabus. She also programmes the annual World War One Commemoration at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Queen Square.
Event: EMILY BERRY AND ANDY BROWN
Date: Saturday 30th September
Tickets: Barnfield Box Office or on the door
Venue: BARNFIELD THEATRE
Emily Berry is the author of Dear Boy (Faber & Faber, 2013), which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize, and Stranger, Baby (Faber & Faber, 2017), shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. A selection of her work also appears in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If We’re Scared We Can’t Win. She is the editor of The Poetry Review.
Andy Brown is an Associate Professor in English & Creative Writing, and Director of the Writing Programme at the University of Exeter. His most recent books of poetry are Watersong (Shearsman Books, 2015) and Exurbia (Worple 2014). He has recently co-edited A Body of Work: an anthology of poetry and medical writing (Bloomsbury, 2015) with Dr Corinna Wagner, and edited and contributed to The Writing Occurs as Song: A Kelvin Corcoran Reader (Shearsman 2014). He published an historical novel, Apples & Prayers (Dean Street, 2015) and is working on a new novel, The Midnight Mechanic, centred around cholera and the sanitary developments in Victorian London.
Event: EXETER POETRY FESTIVAL SLAM 2017
Date: Sunday 15th October
Tickets: Bike Shed Box Office or on the door
Venue: BIKESHED THEATRE
Separated from Festival week by cruel fate/healthy self-respect, Exeter’s annual slam marathon is brought to you by seasoned spoken word impresario Tim King in partnership with Clare Engenoi Smyth. Expect – well, anything, really.
Excite Poetry, organizer of the Exeter Poetry Festival, acknowledges the financial assistance of Arts Council England and the partnership of Phonic FM.