Category Archives: Simon Williams

Launch of ‘The Broadsheet’ captured by Exeter Poetry Festival photographer Ian Beech

The Broadsheet

Photograph by Ian Beech

Launch of The Broadsheet with Simon Williams at the cellar bar of the City Gate Hotel, Exeter, on Monday 30th September 2013 at 7.30pm


Simon Williams


Monday 30th September 2013


with the Bard of Exeter Simon Williams

City Gate Hotel, Cellar Bar, 7.30pm – £2, free to readers.


We’re kick-starting Exeter Poetry Festival 2013 with the launch of a special, festival-themed edition of Devon’s newest poetry magazine The Broadsheet. This limited edition will feature poems from festival readers, from Sean O’Brien to Hannah Silva, alongside poems from writers across Devon and Cornwall and from across the poetry spectrum.

Join us for a night of open mic readings from the best and brightest poets in the region, and celebrate the launch of a magazine without borders.

Beyond Borders: Roddy Lumsden, Peter Finch and Hannah Silva at the Exeter Poetry Festival on Friday 4th October 2013

Peter Finch

Peter Finch

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

Hannah Silva

Hannah Silva

As part of this year’s Exeter Poetry Festival, Beyond Borders on 4th October looks at the landscape of modern poetry, the supposed divisions between mainstream, experimental and performance poets and the characteristics and overlaps of their practices. Roddy Lumsden, Peter Finch and Hannah Silva will present samples of their work and then participate in a panel discussion chaired by Andy Brown. Simon Williams will introduce the evening and Waterstones will bring along a pop-up bookshop.

Roddy Lumsden

Roddy Lumsden

Is the division of contemporary poetic activity into ‘mainstream’, ‘performance’ and ‘experimental’ a useful mapping device? What are the aims and practices of poets in these differing areas, and how accurate or useful do they perceive the terms to be? in Beyond Borders, Roddy Lumsden, Hannah Silva and Peter Finch, all poets with a national reputation, will perform a sample of their work and debate the implications of labels in contemporary poetry. This is an event that promises to be as challenging and thought-provoking as it will be entertaining. Don’t miss out.