Teignmouth Poetry Festival at the Ice Factory Event Information page

Teignmouth Poetry Festival at the Ice Factory

Event details

  • Event times:
    • 15/03 : Start : 10.00am
    • 18/03 : Start : 10.00pm
  • Venue : The Ice Factory
15th March to 18th March

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 - Events at The Ice Factory, Teignmouth

We have established a reputation for opening our festivals with events which are lively and distinctly different. For 2018 we begin with a delightful mix of poetry from writers with completely different styles. Uniting them is the ability to alternate or blend their written work with music which perfectly matches the mood.

Thursday 15th March

Readings and Music with Miriam Nash and The Woodward Brothers - The Ice Factory - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

This event is at THE ICE FACTORY.

Miriam Nash is a poet and creative writing teacher. In 2016, she was the first writer in residence at Greenway, Agatha Christie's summer home. Her debut collection, All the Prayers in the House (Bloodaxe, 2017) won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. The Guardian described her poetry as ‘moving seamlessly between forms and themes’, comparing her with early mentor Mimi Khalvati. Miriam’s work runs the whole gamut of family stories, diverts through Orcadian Selkie legends, even includes an imagined exchange with RL Stevenson. Onstage, Miriam accompanies some of her poetry with a folk harp: the combination is  mesmeric.

The Woodward Brothers, Marc and Andrew, are both renowned musicians. Marc has taught and performed mandolin internationally as well as at many UK music festivals, playing with well-known artists inc’ John Renbourn, John Etheridge, and Peter Rowan. Andrew has been playing (and building) hammered dulcimers for over 25 years; he performs on these and Appalachian dulcimers, also on psaltery and guitar.

Both have other talents: Marc is a widely published poet; following his recent Maquette Press chapbook A Fright Of Jays, Green Bottle Press will produce a full collection in 2018. His long-awaited collaboration with Andy Brown, 'The Tin Lodes', is due for publication shortly. Andrew has composed music with Eastern influences, and is a film maker and artist: his kinetic sculptures are in international collections. For the opening event of this year’s Festival they will present an eclectic mix of influences and experience, combining beautiful music on a variety of instruments with finely crafted poetry reflecting the green heart of the Southwest peninsula.

Tickets £7.50 



Friday 16th March

Desert Island Poems with Lucy Simister - The Ice Factory - 11:00am to 12:00pm

This event will be at the ICE FACTORY

Lucy Simister is a playwright, novelist and biographer. Speaking about the research for her book, To Mr John Keats of Teignmouth, she mentions a question she set herself to answer: “What kind of a person makes a great poet?” The answer was instantly redundant, she says – the individual is far more important and interesting than any such generalisation.

Today Lucy will present her favourite poems; some she will read herself, others will be presented by invited readers.



Professor Nicholas Roe - On Keats - The Ice Factory - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This event is as the ICE FACTORY

Nicholas Roe is the Wardlaw Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is also Chair of the Keats Foundation and a Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage, Grasmere.

Among his many publications is the highly acclaimed biography: John Keats: A New Life (Yale University Press, 2012). Discussing the book he says, ‘… I’ve given close attention to locations where Keats wrote his poems, to suggest how those circumstances may have influenced the language and shaped the forms of his poetry. An obvious instance is that his poetry always flowed more abundantly if he was writing somewhere near water. He often journeyed through England in quest of such places – at the Isle of Wight, Oxford, Margate, and Teignmouth –  before his final epic voyage into Romantic myth as a name writ in water’.

Nicholas’ other works include John Keats and the Culture of Dissent, and a collection of essays, English Romantic Writers and the West Country (Palgrave, 2010).

Although he now lives in Scotland and Malta, Nicholas is no stranger to the Southwest, having spent many years living on the western edge of Dartmoor near Plymouth. This event offers a rare privilege: to hear Keats dicussed by the foremost expert on the subject.



Reading - Caroline Carver, Sue Boyle - The Ice Factory - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

THis event is at the ICE FACTORY

Caroline Carver is a National Poetry Prize winner, Hawthornden Fellow, single poem finalist with the Forward Prize, winner of Poetry on the Lake’s Silver Wyvern, and has won or been placed in many other competitions. She has published five collections and one pamphlet and is currently working on what she calls a ‘Life Project’. After time in many countries Caroline now lives by the sea in Cornwall.

Sue Boyle won the Poetry Book Society pamphlet competition in 2010 with Too Late for the Love Hotel (Smith/Doorstop). A collection, Safe Passage, was published by Oversteps Books in 2015. Her verse plays, Report from the Judenplatz and The Letters from Mexico, have been performed at festivals in Taunton and Torbay.



Reading - Kayo Chingonyi - The Ice Factory - 8:30pm to 9:45pm

This event is at the ICE FACTORY

Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). Kayo has been invited to read from his work around the world and his poems have been translated into Spanish, German, and Swedish. He was awarded the 2012 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and served as Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is published by Chatto & Windus. Kayo is supported and introduced by Graham Burchell.



Sunday 18th March

Walking Teignmouth Town with Keats - Starts at The Ice Factory - 11:00am to 12noon (inside Ice Factory if wet)

Neil Howell is a fervent collector of local literary oddities. Why did Keats call Devon ‘slipshod county’? If he lived at 20, The Strand, how is that address known now? To which house did Wilfred Owen make a pilgrimage nearly 100 years later? And which of his many young admirers inspired, Where be ye going you Devon maid? Keats complained frequently about the Teignmouth weather but eventually was able to write, Here all the summer could I stay… Depending upon that changeable weather, Neil will lead an undemanding walk around the town, encompassing what is known of Keats’ time here, and including a few poems. But if Devonshire continues rainy … the Ice Factory will host whatever Keatsian matters arise. 

FREE EVENT - No booking required

Open Mic (with tea and cake) - The Ice Factory - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

This event is at the ICE FACTORY 

Poetry Teignmouth works to promote the positive effects of writing (and listening to) poetry. Our quarterly open mic events provide a friendly and welcoming platform for anyone who is ready to share their spoken words. Here is the chance to take a Festival stage and present your best work to an audience which could range from nationally known poetry names to young people on the brink of writing their first ever poem.

Tickets £4.00  



Reading - Tim King - The Ice Factory - 4:30pm to 5:00pm 

This event is at the ICE FACTORY 

Tim King is currently based in Exeter and is well-known on the performance poetry circuit for his own brand of quirky, hard-hitting and thought-provoking work. He has headlined poetry events throughout the Southwest and organised the annual Exeter Poetry Festival Slam since winning it in 2011. His festival appearances include WOMAD, Glas-Denbury and the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Every month Tim hosts a Spoken Word event at the Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter, where he is able to focus on developing emerging talent and encouraging new performers onto the stage.

Tickets £3.00 



Poems in Other Languages - The Ice Factory - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

This event is at the ICE FACTORY

Ian Royce Chamberlain introduces poetry written in languages other than English. We have kept to the original format of this most popular event, presenting volunteer readers who are not just fluent in their chosen (or native) languages, but poetry enthusiasts too. Up to ten languages will be represented; all poems will come with a translation into English.

Tickets £5.00 



Festival Poetry Slam presented by Tim King - Ice Factory - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

This event is at the ICE FACTORY

We are delighted to have Tim King presenting this final Festival event. As a past slam winner and organiser, he will make order out of potential chaos as many leading Spoken Word performers compete to become Teignmouth’s first ever Slam Champion.  Tim will be assisted by Sam Boarer. This will be fun!

Tickets £6.00 



Location details:

Ice Factory, 10 Somerset Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8EN

Please note that this venue does not have flat access


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