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The Fifth Exeter Poetry Slam! Sunday 5th October 7:30pm at the Bikeshed

Tim King, last year's winner Saskia Tomlinson and Morwenna Griffiths

Tim King, last year’s winner Saskia Tomlinson and Morwenna Griffiths

Taking the Mic co-presenters Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King proudly host the fifth Exeter Poetry Slam!

15 of the finest poetic performers in the South West will go head to head in the 5th instalment of this annual competition. Previous winners include Ian Royce Chamberlain, Robert Garnham and Daniel Haynes, so expect the the very highest standard of competition.

The Slam! will be held over three rounds, comprising three heats, a semi-final and final. The winner of each heat and the two highest scoring runners-up will qualify for the semi-final. The two highest scoring poets in the semi-final will compete head-to-head in the final.

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

Slam! poets will also be asked to supply a biographical note of no more than 40 words (strict maximum) by Monday 29th September 2014, to be read by the referees to introduce each contestant to the audience.

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.

Tickets from the Bikeshed Theatre at £5

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Spokes Amaze! Spoken Word live from the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter every first sunday of the month with Apples and Snakes

Spokes Amaze!

Join Apples and Snakes for an explosive mix of spoken word every first Sunday of the month in the atmospheric Bike Shed Theatre.

National headline acts, emerging talent and spoken word in the realm of the moving image. Plus each month there’s a Ready Steady Slam! 2 quick fire, fun slam rounds with the whole audience voting. The winner gets a paid slot at the next Spokes Amaze. And much, much more!

This month we have:

Award-winning 25 year-old poet, presenter, performer and all-round creative Dean Atta.

comic satire, word play and perhaps even a song from Rob Barratt and Spokes Amaze slam winner, Exeter poet James Turner.

Films TBA

Congratulations to Saskia Tomlinson, Exeter Poetry Festival slam queen 2013!

Tim King, Saskia Tomlinson and Morwenna Griffiths

Tim King, Saskia Tomlinson and Morwenna Griffiths

Fringe Sunday Part 2: Exeter Poetry Slam, 6th October 7.30pm, The Bike Shed Theatre

Exeter Poetry Festival Slam 2013 hosted by Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King

Exeter Poetry Festival Slam 2013 hosted by Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King

Sunday 6th October 2013

EXETER POETRY SLAM 2013 hosted by Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King
The Bikeshed Theatre, 7.30pm – £5
Tickets from The Bikeshed box office or phone 01392 434169
To take part email slam@speakinsong.co.uk

12 of the finest poetic performers in the south-west will go head-to-head in the fourth instalment of this annual competition hosted by Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King un the convivial surroundings of Exeter’s The Bikeshed Theatre

The Bike Shed Theatre bar - quiet before the storm

The Bike Shed Theatre bar – quiet before the storm

Taking the Mic co-presenters Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King proudly host the fourth Exeter Poetry Slam!

12 of the finest poetic performers in the South West will go head to head in the 4th instalment of this annual competition. Previous winners include Ian Royce Chamberlain, Robert Garnham and Daniel Haynes, so expect the very highest standard of competition.

The Slam will be held over three rounds, comprising three heats, a semi-final and final. The winner of each heat and the two highest scoring runners-up will qualify for the semi-final. The two highest scoring poets in the semi-final will compete head-to-head in the final.

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

Slam! poets will also be asked to supply a biographical note of no more than 40 words (strict maximum)  by Monday 30th September 2013, to be read by the referees to introduce each contestant to the audience.

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

Prizes and judges to be confirmed.

Tickets £5.  Free with a Membership.

Exeter Poetry Festival 30th September to 6th October 2013 Programme

Exeter Poetry Festival 2013

ExCite and its partners are delighted to announce the Exeter Poetry Festival 2013 programme.

The festival programme was launched on September 5th 2013 at the Exeter Phoenix when a packed house enjoyed readings by Carol Ann Duffy and Ann Gray.

The festival will take place from Monday 30th September 2013 to Sunday 6th September 2013 at venues around Exeter.

We’ll be featuring the poets performing at the festival over the next few weeks in the build-up to festival week.

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Monday 30th September 2013

THE BROADSHEET with the Bard of Exeter Simon Williams City Gate Hotel, Cellar Bar, 7.30pm – £2, free to readers

Thursday 3rd October 2013

NATIONAL POETRY DAY with Sean O’Brien and Jo Shapcott Exeter Barnfield Theatre, 7.30pm – £12.50 Book at the Barnfield box office online or phone 01392 271808

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

Saturday 5th October 2013

FESTIVAL WORKSHOP with Greta Stoddart Exeter (Temporary) Library, 2pm-5pm – £12 To book contact barbara@excitepoetry.org

EXLIBRIS launches ‘Making History’ Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 5.45pm By invitation only – if interested email contact@excitepoetry.org

TRIPLE BILL with Lemn Sissay, Dizraeli and Benin City Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 7pm – £12 / £9 (concessions) Book direct from the museum or via undergroundtickets.net

Sunday 6th October 2013

STUDIO 36 with Marcus Wylie (workshop), Rachel McCarthy and Alasdair Paterson Gallery 36, Denmark Road, Exeter – £5 (workshop), £5 (reading), £8 (all day) Pay on the door, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

EXETER POETRY SLAM 2013 hosted by Morwenna Griffiths and Tim King The Bikeshed Theatre, 7.30pm – £5 Tickets from The Bikeshed box office or phone 01392 434169 To take part email slam@speakinsong.co.uk

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FRINGE NEWS: Sign up for the Exeter Poetry Festival Poetry Slam!

Laughing Arrow presents… The Exeter Poetry Festival Poetry Slam

Kick starting the Exeter Poetry Festival in spectacular spoken word style – the finest, fieriest and feistiest poetic talent from across the city will compete in a knock out slam, which takes poetry off the page and mainlines it into the adrenal glands. Hosted by the Bard of Exeter and Festival Poet in Residence, Liv Torc and featuring a panel of expert judges, The Exeter Festival Poetry Slam promises to be a hugely fun and frisky foray into the world of Performance Poetry. Although be warned – moments of tenderness, insight and genius may lurk among the sparks. To find out more or to throw your biro in the ring contact livtorc@yahoo.com

Sunday 3 October, 7.30pm, Bike Shed Theatre

The full programme and ticket information for the festival will be out very shortly. Keep checking this site for updates!

liv pic courtesy alice carfrae