Category Archives: The Poetry Society

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

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CAROL ANN DUFFY and ANN GRAY

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 .

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

Tickets: £12/£10 students including booking fee. Telephone: 01392 667080. http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/

Enquiries: contact@excitepoetry.org

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

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RAMM Pamphlet Competition 2013

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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 press@excitepoetry.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.

Eligibility:

• 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.

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 www.ruthpadel.com 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.