Exeter Poetry Festival Competition 2015: Threads


Congratulations to the following Devon poets

whose poems will be featured in this year’s Festival anthology:

David Arnott, Spin A Yarn

Graham Burchell, She Went Away Singing

Ian Royce Chamberlain, Freehand

Chris Considine, Dyed in the Wool and Spinster

Sally Douglas, The Cliff

Rebecca Gethin, Stitched Up

Virginia Griem, No Tears Now Child As You Lie So Quiet

Hannah Linden, Finishing Touches

Susan Taylor, Shepherdess RAMM

Clare Hepworth-Wain, How We Came To Make Lace

Simon Williams, Spinning & Weaving

Many thanks to all those who entered the competition this year; we had a large number of entries and the standard was very high.

Sat 10th Oct: EXLIBRIS  2015 on the theme of Threads

Venue: The Devon & Exeter Institution, 7 The Close, Exeter EX1 1EZ

6.30 – 7.30 pm, free open event

Launching Exeter Poetry Festival’s pamphlet EXLIBRIS 2015 featuring 12 selected works by Devon based poets  judged to be outstanding, written on the theme of Threads – responding to local textile and craft industries past and present.

Exeter Poetry Festival 2015 Programme is now available and the Box Office is open

Exeter Poetry Festival Competition 2015: Theme

We would like to invite submissions from poets resident in Devon for the ExCite Poetry Pamphlet Project 2015 on the theme of ‘Threads’.

Devon has a strong tradition of producing and working with textiles, from the wool industry to lace making. Exeter in particular owes past success to the processing and exporting of woollen cloth. Tiverton and Honiton are well known for their involvement in lace production. The industrialist John Heathcoat bought an old woollen mill on the river Exe in 1815 and moved his lace-making operation from Nottingham to Tiverton; he went on to build Knightshayeswhich overlooks the town. Honiton lace was very popular in the 19th century partly due to Queen Victoria commissioning it for her wedding dress.

The theme of Threads could incorporate the production of textiles from farm husbandry right through to the processing and dyeing of materials: shearing, spinning, weaving, carpet making, cloth-making, design,patterning, embroidery, handcrafted or machine produced artifacts. It could also include the affect of such industries on local populations, especially during periods of decline, for example the impact of the importation of goods such as cotton. The day-to-day lives of people who worked in such industries and the result of increasing mechanization. There is also the work ofcontemporary artists and weavers and their interpretation of Devon life. We would like the remit to be interpreted as widely and inventively as possible.

Exeter Poetry Festival Competition 2015: Terms and Conditions

• Poems must respond to the ‘Threads’ theme.

• 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. TWO copies must be supplied.

• 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).

• 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 week beginning 17th of August.

• Selected poems will be published as part of a limited edition pamphlet launched during Exeter Poetry Festival 2015; the successful entrants will be invited to read their work.

• Copyright of the poem remains with the author, but ExCite reserves the right to publish the work in its entirety or in part in the UK during 2015–6 for 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 originalwork of the author.

• The poems may not have been previously published (including on a webzine) or broadcast.

How to Enter:

• Deadline for entries is August 7th. Entries are by post only. The address for entries is: Exeter Poetry Festival, FAO Alasdair Paterson, Taddyforde House North, Taddyforde Estate, Exeter EX4 4AT. 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

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