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Uncut Poets at the Exeter Phoenix Black Box on Thursday March 26th 2015 with Josephine Corcoran

Josephine Corcoran

March’s Uncut welcomes as guest Josephine Corcoran, whose ‘The misplaced house’ was published towards the end of 2014 by the ever-discerning tall-lighthouse. Josephine also writes a stimulating blog and maintains an online poetry site, a showcase for contemporary poetry called ‘And other poems’.

Liz Adams and Alasdair Paterson will be presenting the evening as usual, and 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each are available by application to Liz on 07887 600831. When they’re gone they’re gone! Starting in the Black Box of Exeter Phoenix at 7.30 pm. Admission: £5 (£3 concessions and open mic). Bar: definitely.

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Poetry and Music: Raptors in the Glitterball at the Spacex Gallery, Exeter on 11th December 2014 at 8pm

Raptor in the Glitterball

Raptors in the Glitterball

Poetry and Music: Raptors in the Glitterball at the Spacex Gallery, Exeter on 11th December 2014 at 8pm with:

Tim King

James Turner

Saskia Tomlinson

Morwenna Griffiths

Robert Garnham

Bryce Dumont

Mantie Lister

Daniel Haynes

+ music from Kimwei

Tickets from £5 from Arrietty on Fore Street or text 07588 657587

Facebook: Raptorsintheglitterball

Uncut Poets: Rose Cook and Richard Thomas on Thursday March 27th at 7.30pm in the Exeter Phoenix Black Box

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Our next Uncut Poets meets the Spring in the sylvan confinement of Exeter Phoenix’s Black Box, festooned with guest poets and guest presenters. We welcome Rose Cook and Richard Thomas, whose most recent publications both come from the exotic-sounding Cultured Llama Press, located among the Inca ruins of Kent. Rose’s ‘Notes from a bright field’ finds its themes in the natural world, in everyday beauty, the experience of loss and what we talk about when we talk about the spiritual. ‘The strangest thankyou’ is Richard’s first collection and showcases his distinctive linguistic playfulness and deployment of the surreal to undercut or overhaul our perceptions of the mundane.

Since Alasdair Paterson and Gemma Green are rather skittishly taking the month off, we’re pleased to welcome two guest presenters, by no means unknown to Uncut regulars, in the forms of Ian Chamberlain and Liz Adams. There will be the usual 10 open mic slots, and Gemma Green will be accepting bookings for these via her mobile at 07855 809394. Book early – they soon go! Admission is as usual £5 (£3 open mic and concessions).

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

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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

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

THE BROADSHEET

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.

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

Peter Finch

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.

Beyond Borders at Exeter Poetry Festival on October 4th: Hannah Silva performing ‘Talking to Silence’

Festival National Poetry Day Reading: Jo Shapcott and Sean O’Brien perform at the Barnfield Theatre Exeter on Thursday 3rd October at 7.30pm

Jo Shapcott

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

Sean O'Brien

Two of British poetry’s leading lights, together in Exeter, for one night only.

Sean O’Brien’s first six individual poetry collections all won awards, most recently The Drowned Book, which won both the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes. Sean’s work explores issues at the heart of contemporary Britain. His recent poem Oysterity , published on the eve of the Government’s last pre-budget statement, scrutinizes the topical themes of consumption and regret. The Guardian calls him ‘ a poet of unabashed political engagement, wit and humour’ . His Collected Poems was published in 2012.

Jo Shapcott has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the National Poetry Competition (twice) and in 2011 was awarded the prized Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. The Observer praised Jo’s most recent collection, Of Mutability, which won the Costa Book of the Year, as poems that ‘ keep shifting ground, subtly transforming themselves – you need to watch Jo Shapcott like a hawk…’

Uncut Poets, Exeter Phoenix, 26th September at 7.30pm – Alex MacDonald

Alex MacDonald

Uncut Poets, Exeter Phoenix, Thursday 26th September at 7.30pm with Alex MacDonald

Refreshed after the August break and in training for the extravaganza of the Exeter Poetry Festival in the following week, Uncut Poets is back with a flourish of dactyls and dithyrambs. Our guest this month is Alex MacDonald, poet, blogger and organiser of the Selected Poems reading series at the V&A. Expect a lively, provocative and wide-ranging set.

The evening, organised by Alasdair Paterson and Gemma Green in the legendary Black Box, offers the usual ten open mic slots at 5 minutes apiece; while stocks last, these can be booked via Gemma at 07855 809394. Admission is £5 (£3 concessions and open mic performers).

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 barbara@excitepoetry.org

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.