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Exeter Poetry Festival Programme 2014


Tickets for events can be purchased:

– Online, using the links below or by browsing upcoming events

– By phone, 01392 667080

– In person in advance from Exeter Phoenix Box Office, Gandy Street, Exeter,

– In person at the venue on the night

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– 30/09 ‘Beyond Borders’ at Exeter University with Victor Rodriguez Nunez, Harry Guest, Martin Sorrell and Andy Brown

– 01/10 ‘The Retold Ramayana’ at Exeter University with Daljit Nagra

– 02/10 ‘National Poetry Day Reading’ at Exeter Central Library with Gillian Clarke and Adam Horovitz

– 04/10 ‘The Forgotten of World War One’ at Exeter Central Library

– 04/10 Fiona Benson and Carrie Etter at Exeter Central Library

– 05/10 Workshop with Carrie Etter at Exeter Central Library

Monday 29th September


Simon Williams and Susan Taylor

Venue: City Gate Hotel, Cellar bar, Exeter

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: FREE

After great success last year, we again kick-start the Festival with the launch of a collector’s edition of The Broadsheet, featuring poems from Festival guests alongside work from some of the most talented poets resident in the South West

Tuesday 30th September


Venue: Queen’s Building, Exeter University, Prince of Wales Road, EX4 45B

Time: 6pm – 7pm

Tickets: Donations to Festival appreciated

Four of Exeter University’s brightest lights read for us as a poetic prelude to the Festival’s signature lecture…


With Víctor Rodríguez Núñez, Harry Guest and Martin Sorrell

Venue: Old Library, Exeter University

Time: 7.30pm – 9pm

Tickets: £9, students £5

For one night only we’re lucky to bring together experts in poetry translation to read their work and discuss the joys and challenges of translation in practice. Introduced and facilitated by Dr. Andy Brown, Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at Exeter University, we bring you multi-award winning Cuban poet Víctor Rodríguez Núñez; poet, editor and specialist in Japanese and French translation, Harry Guest; and esteemed academic, BBC playwright and translator Martin Sorrell, for a stimulating and multi-cultural evening of readings and debate.

Wednesday 1st October


With Daljit Nagra

Venue: Roborough Studios, Exeter University, Prince of Wales Road, EX4 45B

Time: 7pm – 9pm A two hour performance including interval.

Tickets: £12 / Students £8 /children 11+ £6

We are thrilled to have the critically acclaimed Daljit Nagra amongst our line up this year, for a visually stunning retelling of the Ramayana.

Daljt’s technicolour and multi-cultural version of the tale follows Rama’s quest to rescue his wife Sita from her abduction by Raavana, Lord of the Underworld.

Ahead of the event (6pm – 6:30pm) is a free lecture by Dr. Jerri Daboo, Senior Lecturer in Drama at Exeter University: “Exiling heroes and burning demons: examining two productions of ‘The Ramayana’ in Britain”.

Thursday 2nd October


With Gillian Clarke and Adam Horovitz

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets: £12

The Festival’s signature reading this year brings National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and upcoming poet and performer Adam Horovitz, described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘the real deal’ to the Exeter stage.

Friday 3rd October


Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets are now SOLD OUT! For other events at Exeter Poetry Festival, 30th September to 5th October, buy your tickets here.

Critically acclaimed rapper and spoken word artist Kate Tempest comes to Exeter for one night only.

Her epic narrative poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize and she has just completed a sell out run in the UK and New York. Everybody Down, her debut solo album, came out earlier this year on Big Dada Records, also to vast acclaim. Her first full collection, ‘Hold Your Own’, will be published by Picador on October 9th 2014. Early booking advised.

Saturday 4th October – Daytime


Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Tickets: £6

The Untold story of Ivor Gurney

A special screening of Redcliffe Film’s widely praised biopic of Ivor Gurney, the WW1 soldier, poet and composer.

Women Poets of WW1

Some well known female writers based in Devon and Cornwall read and respond to poems written by women living and working during the Great War including Charlotte Mew and May Sinclair. With Ann Gray, Rachel McCarthy, Helen Evans and Chrissy Banks.

FREE EVENT – Voices and Memory

Time: 3.30pm – 5pm

ExLibris launches a pamphlet of poems based on WW1 objects held in Exeter Library’s archive.

Saturday 4th October – Evening




Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets: £10

Our final reading brings Fiona Benson, fresh from reading at the Forward Prize for Best First Collection for her widely acclaimed Bright Travellers, together with American poet Carrie Etter, whose latest work, Imagined Sons, was described by Bernard O’Donoghue as simply “of the utmost importance.”

Sunday 5th October – Daytime

WORKSHOP : CARRIE ETTER   – Adventures in Prose Poetry

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 11am – 1pm

Tickets: £14

Join award-winning poet and lecturer Carrie Etter to delve into the intricacies of the prose poem. For both those new to and those familiar with the form, this workshop offers fresh adventures in prose poetry, in reading and discussing wonderful works as well as composing our own.

Sunday 5th October – Daytime


Venue: Bikeshed Theatre

Time: 7.30pm –

Tickets: £5

To apply to take part, please email:

15 contestants, 3 rounds, 1 winner, much kudos.

There will be a prize of £50 cash and a further £50 paid slot at Spokes Amaze! for the winner.

Judges for the event are last year’s winner, Saskia Tomlinson, current Bard of Exeter Daniel Haynes and celebrated local poet Graham Burchell.


Exeter Poetry Festival 2014 Programme

Gillian Clarke on Radio 4 and at Exeter Poetry Festival On National Poetry Day, Thursday 2nd October 2014


Twenty one years ago, four relatively unknown poets spoke with Peggy Reynolds for BBC Radio 4 about the impact of gender and nationality on their poetry and on their sense of themselves as poets.

Today, Carol Ann Duffy is the first-ever Poet Laureate, Gillian Clarke is the National Poet of Wales, Liz Lochhead is the Makar or National Poet of Scotland, and Eavan Boland is a highly distinguished scholar-poet who divides her year between Stanford and Dublin.

In the light of these developments – not to mention the constitutional changes and wild economic fluctuations of the last 21 years – Peggy Reynolds speaks with each of them again, asking them to reflect on their creative and professional journeys and on the state of women’s poetry – and poetry in general – today.

Finally, she asks them to cast forward and predict what they might say if there were a similar programme in 21 years time. Their replies surprise her.


Thursday 2nd October


With Gillian Clarke and Adam Horovitz

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets: £12

The Festival’s signature reading this year brings National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and upcoming poet and performer Adam Horovitz, described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘the real deal’ to the Exeter stage.