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This weekend at the Festival

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After two brilliant opening days, in the company of Alice Oswald, Andy Brown, Jen Hadfield, Ronald Tamplin and the Fire River Poets, the Festival weekend is here already!

Jen Hadfield’s ‘Credo’ workshop is sold out, so is ‘Up With The Bard’ with Liv Torc. There are still some tickets left for the other events, and in the library today we’re looking forward today to the University of Exeter Creative Writing Programme Reading (featuring top festival volunteer, Jos Smith), Greta Stoddart and newly Forward Prized, Julia Copus. Later, in the Phoenix, Cyprus Well, ExCite Poetry and Apples & Snakes have the Meter 2010 Networking Event (only a few places left for that one) with a performance by Dorothea Smartt. Saturday finishes off with Apples & Snakes Live, with Bard of Exeter Liv Torc, and Aoife Mannix with accordion hero Janie Armour.

Sunday kicks off in the library with the ExCite Poetry Lunch with Rachel McCarthy, Fiona Benson and Rachael Boast. This is followed by the Shearsman Showcase with Elisabeth Bletsoe, Damian Furniss and Jaime Robles. The festival closes with Ruth Padel at 4pm, reading and in conversation with Rachel McCarthy of ExCite Poetry.

But not quite … supported by Exeter Phoenix, the Festival finally heads off into the night with the utterly brilliant Devon Incarnate Folk Singer and Folk Hero, Jim Causley.

Full details in the programme, and tickets are available from Exeter Phoenix.

A huge thank you to our audiences this week, and we look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Ruth Padel at Exeter Poetry Festival

Exeter Poetry Festival, ExCite Poetry and The Poetry Society are delighted to announce that Ruth Padel will be appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival.

Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, author of seven collections including an internationally acclaimed verse biography of her great-great-grandfather Charles Darwin, and several much-loved books on reading poetry, most recently Silent Letters of the Alphabet, on poetry’s use of silence. Her non-fiction includes a study of Greek myth and rock and roll, and an acclaimed eco-memoir on tiger conservation. She is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society of Literature and her debut novel, Where the Serpent Lives, published this year (“an intensely readeable parable of love and fear” Daily Mail) was hailed especially for its feel for nature:

“The mystery of the wordless world of animals watching humans” (TLS)

“Only Emily Brontë has embraced Padel’s radical and sympathetic inclusiveness of creaturely life” (Guardian)

She is currently working on a mixed book of prose and poetry about migration and immigration. See for more information.

Ruth Padel will be appearing in the closing event of the festival, on Sunday 10th October. Exeter Poetry Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of Rachel McCarthy, ExCite Poetry and The Poetry Society.