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Exeter Poetry Festival 2014 free-to-enter competition open to Devon residents: ‘Voices and Memory’ of World War One

Devon remembers

On the Saturday of this year’s Exeter Poetry Festival we will be holding a series of events exploring the less heard voices of World War One including a presentation of work by female poets of the period, an independently produced film on Ivor Gurney, and poems by Devon school children. We are now inviting adult residents in Devon to become part of the day and the publication we are launching on it.

Terms and conditions for open submission to WW1 pamphlet project:

Poems must respond to the anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, through the theme of ‘Voices and Memory’. Selected poems will appear in a pamphlet of the same title, together with writing and art created in a schools workshop held in Exeter Library.

• 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

• 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, and 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 first week of September 2014.

• Selected poems will be published as part of a limited edition pamphlet launched on the 4th October 2014 at 3pm, Exeter Central Library, as part of Exeter Poetry Festival 2014. In submitting a poem(s) you guarantee that you will be available to read on the 4th October at the library and will have previously made yourself available for an audio recording of your poem, during September 2014.

• The copyright of the poem, both text and recording, remains with the author, but ExCite reserves the right to publish or broadcast the work in its entirety or in part in the UK during 2014-15 for PR purposes.

• The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Entries will be selected by members of the ExCite board.


• 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 original work of the author.

• The poems may not have been previously published (this includes online) or broadcast.

How to Enter:

• Deadline for entries is August 12th. Entries are by post only. The address for entries is:

Exeter Poetry Festival,
FAO Alasdair Paterson,
Taddyforde House North,
New North Road,
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


Exeter Poetry Festival 2014 – 29th September to 5th October – funded by Arts Council England


Excite Poetry are very happy to announce we have been awarded an Arts Council England grant to help fund a full week’s programme of events for this year’s Exeter Poetry Festival.

We have been working hard behind the scenes with our partners to arrange a varied and multi-national programme with something to entertain, educate and inspire all those who enjoy the reading, writing and performance of poetry.

Most events will be held in the upstairs performance space of the fabulous new Exeter Central Library which was officially opened today. Do visit to check out its restocked poetry shelves.

Exeter Central Library

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and Twitter account for further updates over the coming weeks and for the announcement of this year’s competition. We promise what we have in store is worth waiting for!


Do you like numbers as well as words? Volunteer wanted for our committee…


We are looking for a keen new volunteer to join our existing committee of six, to manage, monitor and advise on our financial affairs, including, most importantly, our ability to meet our aims and run desired events with minimum financial risk. The post is an exciting opportunity to assist in community development and maximise the use of funds to nurture appreciation of literature across Devon. Honesty and trustworthiness are paramount, as are excellent communication skills to liaise with non-financial members of the committee.

Volunter Position Specification – Finance Executive

My Last Duchess (Poems of Robert Browning) at The Cygnet Theatre in Exeter on 13th – 14th November 2011

Duchess Browning

My Last Duchess (Poems of Robert Browning)

‘That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall …’

A collection of dramatic portraits from the hands of a Victorian master:  Browning’s detailed observation of human foibles and his daring and robust verse bring to passionate life a whole gallery of fascinating characters – monks, murders, artists and lovers.

Browning Duchess

Join the Cygnet Company for an evening of poetry and music to delight, intrigue and entertain.

13th November          7.30pm
14th November          7.30pm
14th November          1.00pm

Tickets £5 

Cygnet Theatre Box Office 01392 277189

Exeter Visitors Information and Tickets – Dix’s Field, Paris Street, Exeter 01392 665885

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

Tim King, Saskia Tomlinson and Morwenna Griffiths

Tim King, Saskia Tomlinson and Morwenna Griffiths

Exeter Poetry Festival 2013: Photographs Part 1

Lemn Sissay with Gerald the Giraffe

Lemn Sissay with Gerald the Giraffe

Jo Shapcott

Jo Shapcott

Peter Finch, Roddy Lumsden and Hannah Silva

Peter Finch, Roddy Lumsden and Hannah Silva

All photographs copyright Ian Beech Images



Exeter Poetry Festival 2013: Photographs Part 2

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay

Greta Soddart Workshop

Greta Stoddart Workshop

ExLibris Launch

ExLibris Launch

All photographs copyright Ian Beech Images



Launch of ‘The Broadsheet’ captured by Exeter Poetry Festival photographer Ian Beech

The Broadsheet

Photograph by Ian Beech

Q. Who said ‘I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.’ A. A.E.Housman

Beyond Borders Quote 1

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

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

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

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

Launch of The Broadsheet with Simon Williams at the cellar bar of the City Gate Hotel, Exeter, on Monday 30th September 2013 at 7.30pm


Simon Williams


Monday 30th September 2013


with the Bard of Exeter Simon Williams

City Gate Hotel, Cellar Bar, 7.30pm – £2, free to readers.


We’re kick-starting Exeter Poetry Festival 2013 with the launch of a special, festival-themed edition of Devon’s newest poetry magazine The Broadsheet. This limited edition will feature poems from festival readers, from Sean O’Brien to Hannah Silva, alongside poems from writers across Devon and Cornwall and from across the poetry spectrum.

Join us for a night of open mic readings from the best and brightest poets in the region, and celebrate the launch of a magazine without borders.