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Uncut Poets with Alwyn Marriage and Julie-ann Rowell at 19.30 on 28th November 2017 at Exeter Phoenix
November’s Uncut is the last of the year, and because of a bit of double booking of the Workshop by the Phoenix we find ourselves convening there on a TUESDAY. So 28th November it is, and we’ll be featuring medieval women – no, not our thoroughly modern guest poets, but rather the voices in their new books. Alwyn Marriage, managing editor of Oversteps Books, has recently launched ‘In the image: portraits of medieval women’ (Indigo Dreams ), a stylistically varied celebration of medieval lives that has many modern resonances. Julie-ann Rowell’s new book, ‘Voices in the garden’ (Lapwing), looks at one famous medieval life, that of Joan of Arc, and explores, with characteristic sensitivity and acumen, its drama and its significance for our times.
The evening will be presented by Alasdair Paterson, reasonably fresh from an elderly birthday tour of Edinburgh, and a mystery co-presenter. Start laying bets now. There are the usual 10 open mic spots to be claimed by contacting Alasdair on Facebook, at email@example.com or on 07783 734523.
Admission £5 (£3 concessions and open mic). 7.30 start. Wimples optional.
The final Language Club of 2017 will be taking place on Tuesday 28th November, in the Lecture Theatre at Plymouth College of Art. Please arrive at 7.00 for a 7.15 prompt start.
There will be four readers on this occasion as follows:
Tony Lopez was the first Professor of Poetry at the University of Plymouth, appointed in 2000. He has published many poetry books, including the award winning False Memory and critical writings including an analysis of the work of W.S. Graham. Prior to his academic and poetry careers he wrote ‘pulp fiction’ for the New English Library and also worked in publishing. He is a masterful exponent of the non-sequitur and much of his poetry makes expert use of montage.
Anthony Caleshu is Professor of English at the University of Plymouth, where he directs the MA Creative Writing Programme. His poetry collections include The Victor Poems (Shearsman) and On Whales (Salt). He has also written fiction and at least one play.
Sarah Cave, who is based in Bodmin, has recently been awarded an MA in poetry from Royal Holloway College. She has published poetry, reviews and short fiction in a variety of magazines, including Tears in the Fence, Shearsman and Oxford Poetry. She recently took part in the Tears in the Fence weekend festival at Stourpaine in Dorset.
Hannah Linden won the Cheltenham Compound competition with Gram Joel Davies in 2015 and has also co-hosted the Exeter Uncut readings with Alasdair Paterson. She has published her work in many magazines, including Prole, Domestic Cherry and Ink and Sweat and Tears. She has appeared at both the Cheltenham and Swindon poetry festivals.
Entry is by donation – a minimum donation of £5 (£3 unwaged) is suggested to cover costs. The Language Club receives no public funding and relies entirely on donations.
We look forward to seeing you there on the 28th. Further events are under consideration from April 2018 onwards.
Congratulations to our first and second prize winners in this year’s competition. The challenge was to write the first two lines of the poem inspired by Ian Beech’s prizewinning title of last year, ‘Einstein’s Theory of Relatives.’ Judge Annie Fisher wrote:
‘The competition inspired a range of witty, imaginative and sometimes philosophical entries, referencing all manner of things, from the workings of the United Nations to the breeding habits of rabbits. After much agonising, I plumped for the following, which seemed to me to relate well to the punning title, and worked on several levels’:
First Prize of £50: James Johnson*
‘You don’t have to be an Einstein’, chortled Albert.
We laughed politely. For once, we knew what he meant.
Second Prize – a meal for 2 at the City Gate: Ian Royce Chamberlain
They gawp at you as you expound the workings of that famous mc2
but when you look around, your dining table’s all empty chairs
*When we contacted him by email, we were surprised to discover that ‘James Johnson’ was a nom de plume of Ian Beech, who is therefore winner of the competition for the second successive year!
Uncut Poets with Ian Royce Chamberlain and Jenny Hamlett at 19.30 on 26th October 2017 at Exeter Phoenix
October’s Uncut Poets in the Phoenix Workshop welcomes as guests two local luminaries who have new publications to share. Ian Royce Chamberlain’s work explores our times and landscapes with a thoughtful affability, a care for nature and an eye for the absurdities of later life; his intriguingly titled “Vertigo and beeswax’ is published by Oversteps.
Jenny Hamlett’s ‘Playing Alice’ is her second collection from Indigo Dreams; Jenny’s vision and language are always clear and compelling, and warmed by a sympathetic engagement with landscapes and people, dreams and losses.
Since Alasdair Paterson has reached a birthday of biblical proportions and is being taken on a variety of mystery trips by family and friends (hopefully none of them one-way) the evening will be compered by two mystery presenters. They will be superintending the 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each that are available; contact Alasdair for one of these – though a few are earmarked for last month’s reserves via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 07783 734523.
Admission still at the bargain price of £5 (£3 open mic and concessions).
As part of the forthcoming Plymouth Literature Festival, the Language Club will be organising a poetry reading. This will take place at Plymouth’s Athenaeum on Saturday 21st October at 7.30 pm and the following six readers will take part.
Liz Adams (Exeter) writes a poetry that often relates visual art to the written/spoken word. Her published work includes the poetry collection Green Doberman.
Melisande Fitzsimons is a translator/poet who writes in both French and English (sometimes combining the two). Her work has been published in various magazines, here and abroad, including The Broadsheet and Tears in the Fence. She recently featured at the Tears in The Fence Poetry Festival in Dorset.
Helen Foster (Cornwall) is a long-running participant in Language Club events and her work has been published in the Plymouth anthology In the Presence of Sharks as well as in Shearsman magazine.
Norman Jope has published four collections of poetry: For the Wedding Guest (Stride), Aphinar and The Book of Bells and Candles (Waterloo Press) and Dreams of the Caucasus (Shearsman). He co-organises The Language Club and has also edited a compilation of essays on the work of the poet Richard Berengarten.
Kenny Knight is famous for his two collections of poetry on the matter of Plymouth – The Honicknowle Book of the Dead and A Long Weekend On The Sofa (both Shearsman). He also runs the writing group Cross Country Writers which organises events mainly, but not exclusively, in Plymouth.
Steve Spence is co-organiser of the Language Club and has published three poetry collections including A Curious Shipwreck (Shearsman) which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for a first collection in 2008. His poetry and reviews have featured in a number of magazines.
Entry is on the door, £3.
Please see http://www.plymouthliteraturefestival.co.uk/events for further details of the Festival programme.
Better late than never: Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 Slam is at the Bike Shed Theatre on October 15th at 7.30pm
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.
In the morning Historic England’s Pete Herring will lead a walk to Rough Tor, sharing Roger’s insights into the Neolithic mind. There will be a soup, snack and wine lunch at Terre Verte followed by a celebration of the Roger and Laura Farnworth Arts Residency Project.
Enjoy a fine exhibition of Roger Farnworth’s paintings of flowers, nudes, and the Cornish sea and landscapes he loved so much. These are for sale at affordable prices. The work of Farnworth Residents Ros Eastman and Tim Ridley will also be on show as will some of Roger’s collection of African masks.
We will round off the day with a poetry reading, led by Roger’s friend, co-director of Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival and award-winning poet Ann Gray. Ann will introduce readings of Roger’s poems and original poetry and prose by Farnworth Residents Helen Jagger, Ben Smith, Katrina Naomi (read by Tim Ridley) and Lucy Wood.
10.00am. Meet at Rough Tor car park.
1.30pm. Meet at Terre Verte Gallery for lunch and viewing.
This is part of an exhibition of Roger’s paintings at the Terre Verte Gallery (a contemporary art gallery established on the edge of Bodmin Moor) from 6th October to 3rd November 2017.
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See Emily Berry close Exeter Poetry Festival 2017 reading at The Barnfield Theatre on Saturday 30th September
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.