Category Archives: Exeter Poetry Festival

Exeter Poetry Festival raffle winner



The prize was a big box of poetry – here seen artfully arranged on a fine example of ruggery – one from each of the Festival guest poets, all copies signed on the occasion of their reading.

It will be presented to Hannah Linden at Uncut Poets on Thursday 27th November at 19.30 hosted by Alasdair Paterson and Liz Adams and featuring Frances Presley.

The books were:

Victor Rodriguez Nuñez: ‘The Infinite’s Ash’

Martin Sorrell: ‘Paul Verlaine: Selected Poems’

Harry Guest: ‘Some Times’

Daljit Nagra: ‘Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!!’

Gillian Clarke: ‘Collected Poems’

Adam Horovitz: ‘Turning’

Kate Tempest: ‘Hold Your Own’

Carrie Etter: ‘imagined Sons’

Fiona Benson: ‘Bright Travellers’

Exeter Poetry Festival 2014 free-to-enter competition open to Devon residents: ‘Voices and Memory’ of World War One

Devon remembers

On the Saturday of this year’s Exeter Poetry Festival we will be holding a series of events exploring the less heard voices of World War One including a presentation of work by female poets of the period, an independently produced film on Ivor Gurney, and poems by Devon school children. We are now inviting adult residents in Devon to become part of the day and the publication we are launching on it.

Terms and conditions for open submission to WW1 pamphlet project:

Poems must respond to the anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, through the theme of ‘Voices and Memory’. Selected poems will appear in a pamphlet of the same title, together with writing and art created in a schools workshop held in Exeter Library.

• Any style of poem is allowed but it must not exceed 25 lines including the title and spaces between stanzas.

• Poems must be typed, single-spaced, on A4 size paper

• Poems will be selected anonymously; your name, or any other mark of identification, must not appear anywhere on the poem.

• Provide a separate cover sheet with your name, postal address, phone number, email address, and title of your submission(s).

• You can enter up to 3 poems. There is no charge for entry.

• No alterations may be made once a poem has been submitted.

• The successful entrants will be contacted by post during the first week of September 2014.

• Selected poems will be published as part of a limited edition pamphlet launched on the 4th October 2014 at 3pm, Exeter Central Library, as part of Exeter Poetry Festival 2014. In submitting a poem(s) you guarantee that you will be available to read on the 4th October at the library and will have previously made yourself available for an audio recording of your poem, during September 2014.

• The copyright of the poem, both text and recording, remains with the author, but ExCite reserves the right to publish or broadcast the work in its entirety or in part in the UK during 2014-15 for PR purposes.

• The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Entries will be selected by members of the ExCite board.


• Entrants must have a Devon postcode.

• Entrants do not need to be a member of ExCite Poetry in order to submit a poem, but agree to having their details stored by ExCite Poetry for future reference.

• Poems should be in English or English dialect, and the original work of the author.

• The poems may not have been previously published (this includes online) or broadcast.

How to Enter:

• Deadline for entries is August 12th. Entries are by post only. The address for entries is:

Exeter Poetry Festival,
FAO Alasdair Paterson,
Taddyforde House North,
New North Road,
EX4 4AT.

Your work will not be returned, so please keep a copy. If you wish acknowledgement of receipt, include an SAE.

• Entry indicates acceptance of these rules. Entries failing to meet all these conditions will be automatically rejected


Exeter Poetry Festival 2014 – 29th September to 5th October – funded by Arts Council England


Excite Poetry are very happy to announce we have been awarded an Arts Council England grant to help fund a full week’s programme of events for this year’s Exeter Poetry Festival.

We have been working hard behind the scenes with our partners to arrange a varied and multi-national programme with something to entertain, educate and inspire all those who enjoy the reading, writing and performance of poetry.

Most events will be held in the upstairs performance space of the fabulous new Exeter Central Library which was officially opened today. Do visit to check out its restocked poetry shelves.

Exeter Central Library

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and Twitter account for further updates over the coming weeks and for the announcement of this year’s competition. We promise what we have in store is worth waiting for!