Category Archives: NATIONAL POETRY DAY
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As a preview of Sean O’Brien’s reading at the Exeter Barnfield Theatre on Thursday October 3rd at 7.30pm when he will be sharing the stage with Jo Shapcott, here here reads from ‘November’ at the Griffin Poetry Prize:
Jo Shapcott reading ‘Go Inside the Tree’, appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival on Thursday October 3rd
As a preview of Jo Shapcott’s reading at the Exeter Barnfield Theatre on Thursday October 3rd at 7.30pm when she will be sharing the stage with Sean O’Brien, here she recites ‘Go Inside the Tree’:
Festival National Poetry Day Reading: Jo Shapcott and Sean O’Brien perform at the Barnfield Theatre Exeter on Thursday 3rd October at 7.30pm
Thursday 3rd October 2013
Exeter Barnfield Theatre, 7.30pm – £12.50
Book at the Barnfield box office online or phone 01392 271808
Two of British poetry’s leading lights, together in Exeter, for one night only.
Sean O’Brien’s first six individual poetry collections all won awards, most recently The Drowned Book, which won both the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes. Sean’s work explores issues at the heart of contemporary Britain. His recent poem Oysterity , published on the eve of the Government’s last pre-budget statement, scrutinizes the topical themes of consumption and regret. The Guardian calls him ‘ a poet of unabashed political engagement, wit and humour’ . His Collected Poems was published in 2012.
Jo Shapcott has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the National Poetry Competition (twice) and in 2011 was awarded the prized Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. The Observer praised Jo’s most recent collection, Of Mutability, which won the Costa Book of the Year, as poems that ‘ keep shifting ground, subtly transforming themselves – you need to watch Jo Shapcott like a hawk…’
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
Thursday 3rd October 2013
Friday 4th October 2013
Saturday 5th October 2013
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Exeter Poetry Festival is delighted to announce the sponsorship of The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation, who will be supporting the opening event of the festival in 2010.
The Ronald Duncan Reading will take place at Exeter Central Library on the evening of 7th October 2010, National Poetry Day, and will feature two of the region’s most acclaimed poets, Alice Oswald and Andy Brown.
Alice Oswald lives in Devon and is married with three children. Dart, her second collection, won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2002 for Weeds and Wild Flowers. Alice won the inaugural Ted Hughes award for new work in 2010. Her most recent collection, Woods etc, was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize.
Andy Brown is the author and editor of 10 books of poetry including, most recently, Goose Music (with John Burnside, Salt 2008), Fall of the Rebel Angels: poems 1996-2006 (Salt 2006) and The Storm Berm (tall lighthouse 2008). He is Director of Creative Writing at Exeter University and was previously Centre Director for the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton.
The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation exists to encourage and support creative excellence in the arts, especially poetry, drama and literature and to sustain interest and research in the work associated with its namesake, the poet and playwright, Ronald Duncan. Duncan’s archive is now housed at the University of Exeter as part of their Special Collections hub for research into South West based writers. Please see our Ronald Duncan page for more details.
Full programme and ticketing details for EPF 2010 will be announced in June.