Sunday, 14 March 2010

Poetry: Exeter Poetry Festival 7th to 10th October 2010

While I'm updating, it looks like Exeter Poetry Festival will go ahead 7 - 10 October 2010 so keep an eye on its blog for updates.

Already confirmed are Ronald Tamplin, Jen Hadfield, Julia Copus and Greta Stoddart...

Liv Torc will be poet in residence. Anyone who lives in Exeter and is half awake will have come across the Wondermentalist Bard in performance or promoting the spoken word.

You can catch her at the Phoenix Arts Centre every third Wednesday of the month hosting an open mic night.

My co-host Rachel McCarthy is also involved and will be deploying the energies that have made Excite the most active Poetry Society Stanza.

She hosts the open mic sessions at Otto Retro every second Thursday.

Tony Frazer, editor of Shearsman Books, is also assisting in curating the festival.

He co-hosts Uncut Poets at the Black Box in Exeter's Phoenix Centre every fourth Thursday which features open mic slots and a monthly guest poet.

So that's three open mic poetry shows every month, not counting the regular book launches and other performances. When it comes to the arts in general, Exeter may sometimes seem comatose, but the poetry scene is alive and kicking.

Come and join us in October! We're hoping for a festival special of The Blah Blah Blah Show on  October 3rd to launch the event.

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