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Gillian Clarke on Radio 4 and at Exeter Poetry Festival On National Poetry Day, Thursday 2nd October 2014

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Twenty one years ago, four relatively unknown poets spoke with Peggy Reynolds for BBC Radio 4 about the impact of gender and nationality on their poetry and on their sense of themselves as poets.

Today, Carol Ann Duffy is the first-ever Poet Laureate, Gillian Clarke is the National Poet of Wales, Liz Lochhead is the Makar or National Poet of Scotland, and Eavan Boland is a highly distinguished scholar-poet who divides her year between Stanford and Dublin.

In the light of these developments – not to mention the constitutional changes and wild economic fluctuations of the last 21 years – Peggy Reynolds speaks with each of them again, asking them to reflect on their creative and professional journeys and on the state of women’s poetry – and poetry in general – today.

Finally, she asks them to cast forward and predict what they might say if there were a similar programme in 21 years time. Their replies surprise her.

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Thursday 2nd October

NATIONAL POETRY DAY

With Gillian Clarke and Adam Horovitz

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets: £12

The Festival’s signature reading this year brings National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and upcoming poet and performer Adam Horovitz, described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘the real deal’ to the Exeter stage.

 

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Gillian Clarke, the Poet Laureate for Wales, performing at Exeter Poetry Festival on National Poetry Day, 2nd October 2014

For the first time in history, all five UK and Irish poet laureates are women. WOW 2014 at the Southbank Centre brought Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Gillian Clarke, Paula Meehan, and Sinéad Morrissey together for a celebratory performance and their first joint reading. Here is Gillian Clarke’s reading, in anticipation of her appearance at Exeter Central Library on National Poetry Day as part of the Exeter Poetry Festival.

Thursday 2nd October

NATIONAL POETRY DAY

With Gillian Clarke and Adam Horovitz

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets: £12

The Festival’s signature reading this year brings National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and upcoming poet and performer Adam Horovitz, described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘the real deal’ to the Exeter stage.

 

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

 

 

Sean O’Brien reading from ‘November’, appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival on Thursday October 3rd

As a preview of Sean O’Brien’s reading at the Exeter Barnfield Theatre on Thursday October 3rd at 7.30pm when he will be sharing the stage with Jo Shapcott, here here reads from ‘November’ at the Griffin Poetry Prize:

 

Jo Shapcott reading ‘Go Inside the Tree’, appearing at Exeter Poetry Festival on Thursday October 3rd

As a preview of Jo Shapcott’s reading at the Exeter Barnfield Theatre on Thursday October 3rd at 7.30pm when she will be sharing the stage with Sean O’Brien, here she recites ‘Go Inside the Tree’: