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Exeter Poetry Festival Begins Today! Happy National Poetry Day

Exeter Poetry Festival 2011


Devon County Council's Exeter Central Library will welcome a wide range of prolific poets for Exeter’s second poetry festival. The festival runs from the 6th-9th October as part of the 'Exeter Library Live' programme, created in partnership with leading South West literature development charity Cyprus Well.


David Constantine and Hugo Williams headline the festival on October 6th (National Poetry Day) at 7pm in Exeter Central Library.


David Constantine has published eight books of poems, five translations and a novel with Bloodaxe. His poetry titles include Something for the Ghosts, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award; Collected Poems, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; and Nine Fathom Deep. He is a freelance writer and translator, co-editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, and a Fellow of the Queen’s College, Oxford.

Hugo Williams was born in 1942 and grew up in Sussex. He worked on the London Magazine from 1961 to 1970, since when 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 Harper’s & Queen. He writes the ‘Freelance’ column in the Times Literary Supplement and lives in London. His poetry collections include West End Final, Dear Room, Billy’s Rain and Dock Leaves, for Faber & Faber.

The festival lineup also features Anne Caldwell, Andy Brown, Frances Leviston, Rachael Boast, Harry Guest, Lawrence Sail, Eleanor Rees, Clive PiG, Jackie Juno, Ben Smith, Jos Smith, Jaime Robles, Jacky Tartleton, Damian Furniss, James Simpson, David Wooley, Kevin MacNeil, Phil Bowen, Jane Monson, Hannah Jane Walker, Anthony Caleshu, Luke Kennard, Chris Tutton, Roselle Angwin, Graham Burchell, Rebecca Gethin, Jennie Osbourne, Ian Royce, Carrie Etter, Fiona Benson, Harriet Tarlo and Mark Goodwin.

With a variety of different events including readings, workshops, book launches and even a musical event on closing night, the festival promises to be a diverse and entertaining one. Visit www.exeterpoetryfestival.com for further information.


Ticket prices vary, with some free events, and are available from the Exeter Phoenix Box Office on 01392 667080 or online at www.exeterpheonix.org.uk



Notes to Editors


'Exeter Library Live' has been created in partnership with leading South West literature development charity Cyprus Well. The programme includes poetry readings and musical recitals and more visits from bestselling authors.  For further information about the programme, and future events residents should contact Exeter Central Library on 01392 384201 or visit www.devon.gov.uk/exeter_central_library


Exeter Library Live is also being supported by The Ronald Duncan Foundation and Exeter University, as well as other local partners.


About Cyprus Well

Cyprus Well is the literature development agency for the South West, and a national portfolio organisation (NPO) of Arts Council England. They work with a wide range of partners on collaborations which support the development of readers, writers and literature audiences. They provide training and opportunities to develop writers’ careers and provide funding and support to enable as many people as possible to get access to high quality reading and writing opportunities. For more information about Cyprus Well, please contact Tracey Guiry, CEO, at tguiry@cypruswell.org  or on 01392 495102.


About The Ronald Duncan Foundation

The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation is a charitable trust that exists to promote the work and achievements of Ronald Duncan. It further encourages creative excellence and advances causes the Trustees deem to be of value. This encouragement applies particularly to writing, poetry and performance. Visit www.ronaldduncanfoundation.co.uk for further information.


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