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‘Severn and Somme’ – Making of… for the film on Ivor Gurney being shown at Exeter Poetry Festival on October 4th 2014

Kate Tempest at Exeter Poetry Festival on October 3rd 2014

Kate Tempest tours

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 Tempestcomes to Exeter for one night only performing her poetry and answering questions from the audience.

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 is advised as tickets are selling fast.

Kate Tempest‘s first full-length collection for Picador is an ambitious, multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias. This four-part work follows him through his transformations from child, man and woman to blind prophet; through this structure, Tempest holds up a mirror to contemporary life in a direct and provocative way rarely associated with poetry. A vastly popular and accomplished performance poet, Tempest commands a huge and dedicated following on the performance and rap circuit.

Kate Tempest was born in 1985 and grew up in South-East London where she still lives. She started out as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years and began writing for theatre in 2012. Her work includes  Everything Speaks in its Own Way, a collection of poems published on her own imprint Zingaro and the plays Wasted and Hopelessly Devoted for Paines Plough, both published by Methuen. Her epic narrative poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize and is published by Picador. It completed a sell out run in the UK and New York and won a Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. Everybody Down, her debut solo album, came out on Big Dada Records in 2014 to critical acclaim. She is currently touring her album and finishing her debut novel The Bricks that Built the Houses, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2016.

Kate Tempest – The Beigeness – Reading at Exeter Poetry Festival, Friday 3rd October 2014

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!


Exeter Poetry Festival Workshop with Greta Stoddart at Exeter Central Library on Saturday 5th October at 2pm

Greta Stoddart

Saturday 5th October 2013

FESTIVAL WORKSHOP with Greta Stoddart Exeter (Temporary) Library, 2pm-5pm – £12

To book contact

Last few places! For those who have booked but not paid, please confirm.

Greta Stoddart

Notebooks are full of the stuff of poems: first lines, quotes, thoughts, memories, dreams, rants, lists. Delving into, and sharing, her own notebook entries Greta will be using these as prompts to write, discuss and think about poems. So bring along your own notebook and delve into its poetic potential!

A partnership event between Excite Poetry and The Poetry School.