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The 2011 Exeter Poetry Festival Programme


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  • EvEnts at a glancE 6 - 9 OctObEr 2011 FringE sunday 25th sEptEmbEr7.30pm-10.30pmExeter Poetry Slam 20113ticketsonthedooronlyBardsofExeterClivePiG&JackieJunohostthesecondExeterPoetrySlam.WANTED:12oftheWildestWordslingersin the West. Vagabond versifiers, rabid rhymesters, haiku hucksters and poets of all persuasions are invited to participate in this contestofverbalshenanigans.PerformanceandcontentwillbejudgedbylastyearsslamwinnerIanRoyceandtheaudience.12 contestants, 3 rounds, 1 winner. Simples.PoetswishingtoentercontactClivePigon07792251176. thursday 6th OctObEr7pm-9pm The Charles Causley Reading w/ David Constantine & Hugo Williams7ExeterCentralLibraryAneveningwithtwooftheUKsmostacclaimed poets. Friday 7th OctObEr4pm-5pmExeter University PhD Reading: Eleanor Rees, Ben Smith, Jaime Robles, Jackie Tarleton, Jos Smith

    FREEExeterCentralLibrary7pm-9pm The Ronald Duncan Reading w/ Harry Guest & Lawrence Sail7ExeterCentralLibraryFringE9pm This is just to say: an intimate performance for 15 people7ExeterPhoenixBlackBoxWritten and performed by Hannah Jane WalkerSaying sorry is conversational ellipsisSayingsorryissocialglue

    But what if you want to apologise for somethingandmeanitThisisjusttosayisaconversationaboutmanipulation, Britishness, love and winningThis is just to say is instillation art, performance poetry and good companyThis is just to say is smudging its make-up, buyingbouquetsandscreeningyourcallsAn intimate piece for 15 in a welcoming environment, set around a table. Pull up a chair, drink some wine and share your thoughtsandideasonthesubjectifyoulike.This piece is about saying sorry, why we do it, and what we do when we want to apologise forthingsthatreallymatter.Hannah unpicks the fabric of her identity, reflecting on notions of cultural identity and the use/misuse of language. The self-reflective toneandactivitiesinvitetheaudiencetoreflect and share their apologies and stories. Brought to you by Apples and Snakes, the UKs leading performance poetry organisation for poetry with bite find out more at www.applesandsnakes.org saturday 8th OctObEr11am-12.30pm Anne Caldwell Workshop12ExeterCentralLibraryAnne Caldwells workshop will explore ideas of voice in poetry what does the notion of finding your own voice actually mean and what happens if you write from unusual and unexpected points of view in your work? Can this lead to a journey of self discovery? It is suitable for beginners and more experienced writersandwilltakeyouthroughaseriesofinspirational exercises that Anne used herself when writing material for her collection, Talking With The Dead: Her characters speak with glittering conviction whether they are one of the four and twenty blackbirds, RobinsonCrusoeorawomanlivingunderwater. Alicia StubbersfieldPlaceslimitedto12.Bookearly!

  • 11am-12noon The Bards of Exeter welcome in the Festival Weekend: Clive PiG and Jackie JunoFREEExeterCentralLibrary

    12.30pm -1.30pm Book Launch: The Untenanted Room by James SimpsonFREEExeterCentralLibrary2pm-3.30pm Rachael Boast; Frances Leviston; Anne Caldwell6ExeterCentralLibraryAn afternoon reading with three brilliant poets.

    4pm-5pm Kevin MacNeil Scottish Islands Poetry6ExeterCentralLibraryJoin editor, poet and novelist Kevin MacNeil for a reading of Scottish Islands poetry.

    5.30pm Book Launch: This Lines Not For Turning Edited by Jane MonsonFREEExeterCentralLibraryWith guest poets: Jane Monson, Luke Kennard, Andy Brown, Anthony Caleshu, CarrieEtter FringE 9pm This is just to say: an intimate performance for 15 people7ExeterPhoenixBlackBoxSeeFridaynightfordetails. sunday 9th OctObEr11am-12.30pm Fiona Benson Workshop12ExeterCentralLibraryThis workshop will use visual art works to inspire poems. Participants will be asked to bringatleastoneimageofaworkofarttheyfeel they can respond to creatively, and to researchalittleoftheartistslifeandthoughtin preparation for the workshop.During the workshop we will look at published poems that use artworks as their stepping off points, discuss how successful and strong they are as poems, and investigate the challenges involved in creating a poem that can stand on its own two feet, independent of theartworkthatgaveitgenesis.Wewillthendosomeguidedwritingexercisesin response to the images we have brought andworktowardscreatinganearlydraftof

    a poem. At the end of the session there will be group feedback on these early drafts and guidancewillbegivenonhowtotakethemforwards.

    12noon-1pm Moor Poets ReadingFREEExeterPoetryFestival2pm-3pm Shearsman Showcase6ExeterCentralLibrary

    3.30pm-4.30pm Of Love and Hope with Chris Tutton, Roselle AngwinFREEExeterCentralLibraryA poetry performance in aid of Breakthrough BreastCancerandBreastCancerCare.A special event to celebrate the recent publication of the extraordinary and hugely popular poetry anthology, Of Love and Hope, which celebrates all aspects of life and love and features many of our best loved poets.Many peoples lives are affected by breast cancer and this is an opportunity to support BreakthroughBreastCancerandBreastCancer Care as all profits raised from the saleofthisbookwillbedonatedtothesetwotremendousandvitalcharities.Join us for an amusing, fun and poignant afternoontoclosethefestival.www.breakthrough.org.ukwww.breastcancercare.org.uk FringE7pm The Captains Tower8/5concessionsorEPFstubholdersBikeShedTheatreIn The Captains Tower: Seventy Poets Celebrate Bob Dylan at Seventy poets from sevendecadesandofsevennationalitiesrespond to the evolution of the Picasso of Songs culturally defining, innovative and restless fifty year career within the history of recorded sound, invoking the canon of the spoken and written word in a show that combines poetry in performance with music. Having toured the country from Hay to Latitude via the Troubadour, the editors Phil Bowen, Damian Furniss and David Woolley plus special guests will be bringing it all backhometoExeterwherethebookwasconceivedtoroundoffthesecondExeterPoetryFestivalinstyle.

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  • Guest Writers 2011Anne Caldwell grew up in the north-west of England and now lives in West Yorkshire just below Midgley Moor. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies - Poets Cheshire (Headland) and The Nerve (Virago) and in three collections by Cinnamon Press. Her first pamphlet collection was Slug Language, Happenstance (2008). She performs all over the UK, and has won a first collection award from Cinnamon Press. The National Association for Writers in Education

    employs Anne to run their CPD programme for writers. Her new collection is Talking With the Dead (Cinnamon Press February 2011). She is currently senior lecturer in creative writing at Bolton University.

    Andy Browns poetry books are Goose Music (Salt, 2008, with John Burnside); The Storm Berm (Tall Lighthouse, 2008); Fall of the Rebel Angels: Poems 1996-2006 (Salt, 2006) and five previous volumes of poetry. His forthcoming book of poems, based on the paintings of Hieronymus

    Bosch, is The Fool and The Physician (Salt, 2011). A selection of his poems appears in the anthology Identity Parade (Bloodaxe Books, 2009). He is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

    David Constantine born 1944 in Salford, Lancs, was for thirty years a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published several volumes of poetry (most recently 2009 Nine Fathom Deep); also a novel, Davies (1985), and three collections of short stories: Back at the Spike (1994), Under the Dam ( 2005) and The Shieling (2009). He

    is an editor and translator of Hlderlin, Goethe, Kleist and Brecht. His translation of Goethes Faust, Part I was published by Penguin in 2005; Part II in April 2009. He is the winner of 2010 BBC National

    short Story Award. With his wife Helen he edits Modern Poetry in Translation.

    Hugo Williams was born in 1942 and grew up in Sussex. He worked on the London Magazine from 1961 to 1970, since then he has earned

    his living as a journalist and travel writer. He has been TV critic on the New Statesman, theatre critic on the Sunday Correspondent and film critic for Harpers & Queen. He writes the Freelance column in the Times Literary Supplement and lives in London.

    Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh in 1982 and grew up in Sheffield. She read English at St Hildas College, Oxford, and completed the MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. She won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in

  • 2006. Her first collection, Public Dream, was published by Picador in 2007 and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her poems have appeared in the TLS, The Times, the Guardian, Identity Parade and Edinburgh Review. She teaches for a range of educational organisations and reviews new poetry for the Guardian.

    Harry Guest was born in Penarth in 1932. He read Modern languages at Cambridge before beginning a career as a teacher in schools and universities in Japan and England. With his wife, Lynn

    Guest, a historical novelist, he now lives in Exeter. His Collected Poems, A Puzzling Harvest, was published by Anvil in 2002.

    Lawrence Sail was born in London in 1942 and brought up in Exeter. His most recent books are Waking Dreams: New & Selected Poems, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation (Bloodaxe Books, 2010), Songs of

    the Darkness: Poems for Christmas, with illustrations by his eldest daughter Erica, (Enitharmon, 2010) and a memoir, Sift: memories of childhood (Impress Books, 2010). He has compiled and edited a number of anthologies, including First and Always: Poems for Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital, inspired by his son Matthew (Faber, 1988) and, with Kevin Crossley-Holland, The New Exeter Book of Riddles (Enitharmon, 1999) and Light Unlocked: Christmas Card Poems (Enitharmon, 2005).

    Eleanor Rees was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside in 1978. Her pamphlet collection Feeding Fire (Spout, 2001) received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and her first full length collection Andrastes Hair (Salt, 2007) was shortlisted for the

    Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards, Dublin. Her second, Eliza and the Bear (Salt, 2009) is also a performance for harp and voice and has toured across the North West. Rees works in the community as a poet, running writing workshops for The Windows Project in Liverpool, teaches for The Poetry School and in Higher Education. From 2011 she begins an AHRC funded PhD at the University

    of Exeter Department of English where her research interests explore the theory and practice of the local poet. She often collaborates with other writers, musicians, artists and works to commission. She lives in Liverpool.

    Clive PiG is a Bard of Exeter. He forays far and wide as a storyteller, songsmith and performance poet. In recent years hes appeared at the Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD, the Cambridge Folk Festival and the Westcountry Storytelling Festival. Two of his stories were featured on

    The Ocean, BBC Radio 2. His latest CD, Uncle Wolf, is a collection of songs with a twist and tales with teeth. Three of Clives poems appeared in Oddrot, Exeters newest poetry journal.

    Jackie Juno is the other Bard of Exeter, and a writer and creatrix of multi-media shows which combine her comedic, singing, dancing and artistic talents to full effect. Although Birmingham-born, she moved to Devon in 1983. Her first stand-up comedy gig was on her 30th birthday, assisted by the supportive setting of Totnes Carnival and more than a few dry sherries. She has since appeared at Glastonbury Festival, WOMAD, Hammersmith Palais, Hackney Empire,

  • Melkweg Amsterdam and Gidleigh Village Hall. (Twice).

    Ben Smith is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter. His work focuses on the significance of border spaces in contemporary environmental poetry. His poems have appeared in Acumen, Envoi, Succour and Poetry Wales.

    Jos Smith was born in Kent but has lived in Liverpool, Nottingham and Exeter in recent years. He has been publishing poems in small magazines and through Arts Council funded projects for a while now and has recently been researching a PhD on Rewriting the British and Irish Landscape in the Twenty-First Century, a critical project that looks at the The New Nature

    Writing and its progenitors across English Literature. He hopes to publish a first collection of poems with Little Toller in 2012.

    Jaime Robles is currently working on a series of poems based on the Hoxne and Staffordshire hoards. She published her most recent book of poetry, Anime, Animus, Anima, with Shearsman Books (2010). Her poems and reviews have been published in numerous magazines,

    among them Agenda, Conjunctions, Jacket, New American Writing, Shadowtrain and Volt! She produces many of her texts as artist books, and her bookworks are in

    several special collections, including the Bancroft Library, Berkeley; The Beinecke Library, Yale University; and the Oulipo Archive in Paris. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she is now living in Exeter.

    Jacky Tarleton is studying for a PhD at the University of Exeter with Andy Brown, partly focusing on the significant moment within a Bachelardian Reading of Louis MacNeice. The other part consists of a recreation of significant moments through her own poetry. This tends to lead to short poems, one of which, 3 a.m. Phone Call, won the 2010 Huddersfield Literature Festival Poetry Competition. Her poems have also been published in

    Vortex and South. Having been brought up in the north, and worked in Zambia, Kent, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, she now lives in Exeter.

    Damian Furniss first full collection Chocolate Che was highly commended in the Forward Prize. His pamphlet...