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Contemporary women poets read from and respond to the women poets of World War One on Saturday 4th October at Exeter Central Library


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.

See the trailer here

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.

Devon remembers

Carol Ann Duffy and Ann Gray perform at Exeter Phoenix on September 5th launching Exeter Poetry Festival 2013

Carol Ann Duffy, Rachel McCarthy and Ann Gray

Carol Ann Duffy, Rachel McCarthy and Ann Gray

Ann Gray and Carol Ann Duffy

Ann Gray and Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

Ann Gray

Ann Gray

Rachel McCarthy

Rachel McCarthy

Ann Gray judging Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2013


Ann Gray, who is reading at the Exeter Phoenix on September 5th with Carol Ann Duffy, is judging the 2013 Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition.

CLOSING DATE: 8 November 2013

JUDGE:   Ann Gray has an MA in Creative writing from the University of Plymouth. Her collections include At The Gate (2008) & The Man I Was Promised (2004), both Headland. Her poems have featured in the Forward Prize Anthology in 1995 and 2008. She was commended for the National Poetry Competition, 2010, second in the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Prize 2013 and earlier this year was the Poet in Residence at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden as part of the Thresholds Cambridge University Museums Project.

ENTRANCE FEE: £3 for one poem, £5 for 2 poems,  £10 for 4 poems.

1st PRIZE: £100    2nd PRIZE: £75    3rd PRIZE:  £50

Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2013 details

Ann Gray reading ‘Joy’, commended in the National Poetry Competition

As a preview of Ann Gray’s reading at the Exeter Phoenix on September 5th when she will be sharing the stage with Carol Ann Duffy, here she recites ‘Joy’, a poem commended in the National Poetry Competition:

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


proudly presents


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 .


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

Tickets: £12/£10 students including booking fee. Telephone: 01392 667080.


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