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Exeter Poetry Festival Programme 2014

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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

Guidance on using the box office to purchase tickets. 

Quick links to event ticket purchase:

– 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

THE BROADSHEET

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

NEXT GENERATION

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…

BEYOND BORDERS:

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

THE RETOLD RAMAYANA

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

NATIONAL POETRY DAY

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

KATE TEMPEST

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

THE FORGOTTEN OF WW1

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

THE RONALD DUNCAN READING

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FIONA BENSON & CARRIE ETTER

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

THE FIFTH EXETER SLAM

Venue: Bikeshed Theatre

Time: 7.30pm –

Tickets: £5

To apply to take part, please email: slam@speakinsong.co.uk

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.

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Uncut Poets at Exeter Phoenix on September 25th at 7.30pm with Andy Brown and Lynne Wycherley

Uncut Poets returns from its summer on the beach with a vintage programme that will also get you nicely limbered up for the mighty Exeter Poetry Festival, due to start the following week.

Our guest poets will be giving an Uncut launch to their recently published collections.

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Andy Brown‘s Exurbia, from the increasingly impressive Worple Press, showcases a characteristic adventurousness with form and expression, with themes from the urban fringe and beyond.

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Lynne Wycherley‘s latest collection from Shoestring Press is Listening to Light: New and Selected Poems, full of emotional light and shade and landscapes on the brink of the visionary.

The evening at Exeter Phoenix is presented by the old firm of Liz Adams and Alasdair Paterson. Ten open mic spots of 5 minutes each are available, and can be booked by phoning Liz on 07887 600831. Admission in £5 (£3 open mic and concessions). Get the latest Festival and competition news. Get a drink! See you there. Starting at 7.30pm.

Victor Rodriguez Nunez, one of Cuba’s foremost poets, coming to Exeter Poetry Festival on 30th September 2014

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Tuesday 30th September

BEYOND BORDERS:

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.

Victor Rodriguez Nunez

Víctor Rodríguez-Núñez has published twelve books of poetry and numerous editions of his selected poems, most recently Cuarto de Desahogo (Letras Cubanas, 2013).  His poetry has received major awards across the Spanish-speaking world, and he has performed his poems in over twenty countries. His works in English include The Infinite’s Ash (Arc Publications, 2008), thaw (Arc Publications, 2013), and Every Good Heart Is a Telescope: Early Poems (Toad Press, 2013).  Rodríguez-Núñez is also a scholar with works appearing in anthologies and introductions, as well as essays on Spanish American writers, and a book about García Marquez’s non-fiction. He is National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor of Spanish is active as a journalist in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Columbia, and has been an editor for both cultural and specialized magazines.

Harry Guest

Harry Guest was born in Penarth, Wales in 1932. He read Modern Languages at Cambridge before teaching in schools and universities in Japan and England. He edited and translated Post-War Japanese Poetry (with Lynn Guest and Kajima Shôzô, Penguin, 1972). His translations include poems by Jean Cassou and selected poems by Victor Hugo, The Distance, The Shadows. His recent works include the novel Lost Pictures and Traveller’s Literary Companion to Japan; a selection of his poetry was also published in Penguin Modern Poets 16, and A Puzzling Harvest (Anvil, 2002 ) collects his poems 1955-2000. He was appointed Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter in 1994, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Plymouth University.  He lives in Exeter, and is married to Lynn Guest, a historical novelist. They have two children.


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Martin Sorrell’s publications in translation include Rimbaud: Collected Poems and Verlaine: Selected Poems (both Oxford University Press), Elles: a bilingual anthology of modern French poetry by women (University of Exeter Press), as well as three Molière plays for Nick Hern Books. He is currently finishing an edition in translation of the poems of Apollinaire, also to be published by Oxford University Press. Sorrell has won two major translation prizes. He also writes original plays and stories for BBC radio.

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

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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.

National Poetry Day 2010: Andy Brown and Alice Oswald at Exeter Poetry Festival

Exeter Poetry Festival is delighted to announce the sponsorship of The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation, who will be supporting the opening event of the festival in 2010.

The Ronald Duncan Reading will take place at Exeter Central Library on the evening of 7th October 2010, National Poetry Day, and will feature two of the region’s most acclaimed poets, Alice Oswald and Andy Brown.

Alice Oswald lives in Devon and is married with three children. Dart, her second collection, won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2002 for Weeds and Wild Flowers. Alice won the inaugural Ted Hughes award for new work in 2010. Her most recent collection, Woods etc, was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Andy Brown is the author and editor of 10 books of poetry including, most recently, Goose Music (with John Burnside, Salt 2008), Fall of the Rebel Angels: poems 1996-2006 (Salt 2006) and The Storm Berm (tall lighthouse 2008). He is Director of Creative Writing at Exeter University and was previously Centre Director for the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton.

The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation exists to encourage and support creative excellence in the arts, especially poetry, drama and literature and to sustain interest and research in the work associated with its namesake, the poet and playwright, Ronald Duncan. Duncan’s archive is now housed at the University of Exeter as part of their Special Collections hub for research into South West based writers. Please see our Ronald Duncan page for more details.

Full programme and ticketing details for EPF 2010 will be announced in June.