Category Archives: EXETER POETRY NEWS

Uncut Poets: Rose Cook and Richard Thomas on Thursday March 27th at 7.30pm in the Exeter Phoenix Black Box

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Our next Uncut Poets meets the Spring in the sylvan confinement of Exeter Phoenix’s Black Box, festooned with guest poets and guest presenters. We welcome Rose Cook and Richard Thomas, whose most recent publications both come from the exotic-sounding Cultured Llama Press, located among the Inca ruins of Kent. Rose’s ‘Notes from a bright field’ finds its themes in the natural world, in everyday beauty, the experience of loss and what we talk about when we talk about the spiritual. ‘The strangest thankyou’ is Richard’s first collection and showcases his distinctive linguistic playfulness and deployment of the surreal to undercut or overhaul our perceptions of the mundane.

Since Alasdair Paterson and Gemma Green are rather skittishly taking the month off, we’re pleased to welcome two guest presenters, by no means unknown to Uncut regulars, in the forms of Ian Chamberlain and Liz Adams. There will be the usual 10 open mic slots, and Gemma Green will be accepting bookings for these via her mobile at 07855 809394. Book early – they soon go! Admission is as usual £5 (£3 open mic and concessions).

Uncut Poets, Exeter Phoenix, 26th September at 7.30pm – Alex MacDonald

Alex MacDonald

Uncut Poets, Exeter Phoenix, Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm with Alex MacDonald

Refreshed after the August break and in training for the extravaganza of the Exeter Poetry Festival in the following week, Uncut Poets is back with a flourish of dactyls and dithyrambs. Our guest this month is Alex MacDonald, poet, blogger and organiser of the Selected Poems reading series at the V&A. Expect a lively, provocative and wide-ranging set.

The evening, organised by Alasdair Paterson and Gemma Green in the legendary Black Box, offers the usual ten open mic slots at 5 minutes apiece; while stocks last, these can be booked via Gemma at 07855 809394. Admission is £5 (£3 concessions and open mic performers).

Exeter Poetry Festival Workshop with Greta Stoddart at Exeter Central Library on Saturday 5th October at 2pm

Greta Stoddart

Saturday 5th October 2013

FESTIVAL WORKSHOP with Greta Stoddart Exeter (Temporary) Library, 2pm-5pm – £12

To book contact

Last few places! For those who have booked but not paid, please confirm.

Greta Stoddart

Notebooks are full of the stuff of poems: first lines, quotes, thoughts, memories, dreams, rants, lists. Delving into, and sharing, her own notebook entries Greta will be using these as prompts to write, discuss and think about poems. So bring along your own notebook and delve into its poetic potential!

A partnership event between Excite Poetry and The Poetry School.

Fringe Sunday Part 1: Studio 36, 6th October from 10.30am, reading at 6.00pm

In the garden at Studio 36

In the garden at Studio 36

Sunday 6th October 2013

A day of events in the enchanting cornucopia that is Studio 36 and all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Starting with an art poetry workshop with Marcus Wylie in the morning, to a tour of the studio space and a free special exhibition in the afternoon, to an evening reading with three of the region’s best known poets.

STUDIO 36 with Marcus Wylie (workshop), Rachel McCarthy and Alasdair Paterson

Gallery 36, Denmark Road, Exeter – £5 (workshop), £5 (reading), £8 (all day)

Pay on the door, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Reserve a space by calling Veronica Gosling on 01392 256206 or emailing her at

Marcus Wylie

Marcus Wylie

ExCite Poetry presents Studio 36 with Marcus Wylie – Sunday 6th October 2013

Studio 36 is the gallery home of Veronica Gosling. It is open by request and is full of her pottery, paintings, drawings and assemblages plus garden sculpture.


Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support 10.30am-12.00, noon, at Studio 36 Tickets: £5.00 each or £8.00 all day.

Marcus Wylie’s workshop will explore the poetry of art, employing the visual as a springboard to written and spoken verse.

During the workshop participants will explore how poets have responded to art in the past and discuss their reactions to this work. Then writing exercises will examine art both in postcard form and throughout Studio 36. Many of Veronica Gosling’s artworks have phrases incorporated into them and this ‘found poetry’ may be used to create new poems, or first drafts of larger pieces. There will be chances to share work and poetic guidance will be provided.


Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support 2pm-4pm at Studio 36 Free event

An open opportunity to see a display of Marcus Wylie’s poetical photographic images and to discuss both them and his commitment to helping combat veterans deal with their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through creative writing and poetry.

This time is also an opportunity to discover Studio 36’s delightful concoction of surreal art and to chat with the artist Veronica Gosling.


Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support From 6pm at Studio 36 Tickets: £5.00 or £8.00 to include a morning workshop event.

Three poets will provide a reading. Please bring your own picnic for the interval.

Marcus Wylie works with various groups including combat veterans with PTSD. His work was exhibited in Salisbury as part of the John Creasey Museum’s ‘Other Worlds’ project and he was part of Exeter’s ‘War Art’ exhibition which reached an estimated audience of 175.000 people. Marcus Wylie’s poetry was recently included in an installation at the University of Exeter; he appeared on their ‘Wall of Miracles.’

Rachel McCarthy is a scientist, poet, essayist, interviewer and broadcaster, dividing her time between London and Exeter. She is Managing Director of ExCite Poetry, the Poetry Society Stanza for Devon. Her current elements poetry sequence is a brilliant combination of an enquiring mind and her unique lyrical dexterity.

Having directed the work of academic libraries in Britain and Ireland, Alasdair Paterson returned to the poetic fray in 2010 with his ‘On the Governing of Empires’ collection, swiftly followed by more releases. Alasdair Paterson won an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1976. His work is clever and thought provoking; a storyteller whose narrative spans the ages, balancing poetic tensions with humour and a deep understanding of possibilities of language.

Numbers strictly limited and bookings/enquiries are to Veronica Gosling on 01392 256206 or email

A Night at the Museum Part 1: Exeter Poetry Festival October 5th 2013 – Launch of ExLibris Press and the ‘Making History’ pamphlet


Saturday 5th October 2013

EXLIBRIS launches ‘Making History’
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 6pm
By invitation only – if interested email

ExLibris is the publishing arm of ExCite Poetry, this is its launch event.

We plan to publish a series of pamphlets in both hand-sewn, beautifully produced and designed limited editions and as iBooks with voice recordings of each poem and other added features.

‘Making History’ is our first publication, in partnership with Royal Albert Memorial Museum

It features poems from Lawrence Sail and Harry Guest.

It poems from Devon poets Mark Totterdell, Becky Gethin, Graham Burchell, Sally Flint, Denise McSheehy, Ian Chamberlain, and Simon Williams the winning entrants in an open competition judged by Damian Furniss and Julie-Ann Rowell.

It contains ten poems and ten illustrations from pupils at Redhills Community Primary School who worked with poets in education Phil Bowen and Liz Adams at Royal Albert Memorial Museum

skeleton clock by charney


ExCite Poetry, the UK Poetry Society stanza for Devon, cordially invite you to attend the launch of ExLibris, the first UK poetry press to produce high quality electronic poetry pamphlets using Apple technology, with full voice recording of poems by their authors, as well as limited editions in hand-stitched hardcopy.

The launch will debut the first pamphlet; an anthology response to the collection of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, by local school children and established and emerging poets basedin Devon. The museum will be closed to the public, however exhibition spaces will remain open for your perusal.

Prosecco and soft drinks available.

Date: Saturday 5th October 2013

Time: 6:00 – 7:00

Location: The Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RW

We look forward to seeing you on the 5th. Please RSVP by responding to Thank you.

A Night at the Museum Part 2: Exeter Poetry Festival October 5th 2013 – Lemn Sissay and Dizraeli

Lemn Sissay at RAMM October 5th 2013

Lemn Sissay at RAMM October 5th 2013

Saturday 5th October 2013

DOUBLE BILL with Lemn Sissay, and Dizraeli
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 7pm – £12 / £9 (concessions)
Book direct from the museum or via

All tickets are standing, bar available

In a double bill Lemn Sissay (MBE) performs live at RAMM. Author of five books of poetry spanning twenty five years, his play Something Dark is winner of a RIMA award and the story of his life was the subject of the BBC documentary ‘Internal Flight’.

Taking on politics, love and supermarkets with a sidelong smile, Dizraeli is the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam Champion and charismatic frontman of The Small Gods. “Refreshing, exciting and completely unique.” – Soweto Kinch

A partnership event with Cabaret Voltaire and Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Part of the Exeter Poetry Festival 2013

Exeter Poetry Festival 30th September to 6th October 2013 Programme

Exeter Poetry Festival 2013

ExCite and its partners are delighted to announce the Exeter Poetry Festival 2013 programme.

The festival programme was launched on September 5th 2013 at the Exeter Phoenix when a packed house enjoyed readings by Carol Ann Duffy and Ann Gray.

The festival will take place from Monday 30th September 2013 to Sunday 6th September 2013 at venues around Exeter.

We’ll be featuring the poets performing at the festival over the next few weeks in the build-up to festival week.


Monday 30th September 2013

THE BROADSHEET with the Bard of Exeter Simon Williams City Gate Hotel, Cellar Bar, 7.30pm – £2, free to readers

Thursday 3rd October 2013

NATIONAL POETRY DAY with Sean O’Brien and Jo Shapcott Exeter Barnfield Theatre, 7.30pm – £12.50 Book at the Barnfield box office online or phone 01392 271808

Friday 4th October 2013

BEYOND BORDERS with Roddy Lumsden, Peter Finch and Hannah Silva Exeter University Queen’s Building – Lecture Theatre 7.30pm – £9 Book at the Exeter Phoenix box office online or phone 01392 667080

preceded by

EXETER UNIVERSITY MA SHOWCASE with Barbara Farley, Isabel Galleymore, Louise Jenkins, and Naomi Williamson Exeter University Queen’s Building – Senior Common Room 6.30pm – Free Event

Saturday 5th October 2013

FESTIVAL WORKSHOP with Greta Stoddart Exeter (Temporary) Library, 2pm-5pm – £12 To book contact

EXLIBRIS launches ‘Making History’ Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 5.45pm By invitation only – if interested email

TRIPLE BILL with Lemn Sissay, Dizraeli and Benin City Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 7pm – £12 / £9 (concessions) Book direct from the museum or via

Sunday 6th October 2013

STUDIO 36 with Marcus Wylie (workshop), Rachel McCarthy and Alasdair Paterson Gallery 36, Denmark Road, Exeter – £5 (workshop), £5 (reading), £8 (all day) Pay on the door, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

EXETER POETRY SLAM 2013 hosted by Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King The Bikeshed Theatre, 7.30pm – £5 Tickets from The Bikeshed box office or phone 01392 434169 To take part email

Exeter Poerty Festival 2013 back

Ann Gray judging Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2013


Ann Gray, who is reading at the Exeter Phoenix on September 5th with Carol Ann Duffy, is judging the 2013 Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition.

CLOSING DATE: 8 November 2013

JUDGE:   Ann Gray has an MA in Creative writing from the University of Plymouth. Her collections include At The Gate (2008) & The Man I Was Promised (2004), both Headland. Her poems have featured in the Forward Prize Anthology in 1995 and 2008. She was commended for the National Poetry Competition, 2010, second in the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Prize 2013 and earlier this year was the Poet in Residence at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden as part of the Thresholds Cambridge University Museums Project.

ENTRANCE FEE: £3 for one poem, £5 for 2 poems,  £10 for 4 poems.

1st PRIZE: £100    2nd PRIZE: £75    3rd PRIZE:  £50

Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2013 details

Carol Ann Duffy in Exeter, Devon at the Exeter Phoenix on 5th September 2013 at 18:45


proudly presents


Reading in Exeter, Devon for the first time since her appointment as Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy is joined by fellow poet Ann Gray on Thursday 5th September 2013 at 6.45pm at Exeter Phoenix .


Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS.

Tickets: £12/£10 students including booking fee. Telephone: 01392 667080.


The event will launch the Exeter Poetry Festival 2013 and is promoted by Excite, the Poetry Society Stanza for Exeter and Devon.

RAMM Pamphlet Competition 2013



ExCite Poetry, the Poetry Society Stanza for Exeter and Devon, will launch a poetry publishing arm on the 5th October, during the Exeter Poetry Festival 2013 (3rd – 6th October 2013).

ExCite Poetry will publish single-author poetry pamphlets and anthologies with a focus on supporting emerging and established poets in Devon. Pamphlets will be in both print form and, uniquely, electronic form with voice recording, for sale via Apple iBooks.

The inaugural pamphlet will be an anthology response to items in the collection of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. Contributions will be from local school children, renowned poets in Devon and via open submission to find the best emerging talent.

Terms and conditions for open submission are below.

The deadline for entries is August 24th.

An invitation only launch event will be held in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on the evening of the 5th of October 2013, at 6pm, with readings from contributing poets. Press queries should be directed to or via  phone on 07854 598552.

Terms and conditions for open submission to RAMM pamphlet project

• Poems must respond to an item(s) in the collection(s) housed in galleries 2 (‘Down to Earth’) and 3-4 (‘Making History’) in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in central Exeter.

• 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, title of your submission(s) and the item(s) in the museum’s collection to which your poem responds.

• 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 Sept 2013

• Selected poems will be published as part of a limited edition pamphlet launched on the 5th October 2013, at 6pm, at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, as part of Exeter Poetry Festival 2013. In submitting a poem(s) you guarantee that you will be available to read on the 5th October at RAMM and will have previously made yourself available for an audio recording of your poem during September 2013.

• 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 2013-14for PR purposes.

• The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.


• 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 or broadcast.

How to Enter:

• Deadline for entries is August 24th 2013. Entries are by post only. The address for entries is: Exeter Poetry Festival, FAO Rachel McCarthy, Flat 2, 50 St David’s Hill, EX4 4DT. 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.