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Judge Tim King will invite prizewinners from the Young Poets competition to read their work. This event is part of Poetry Teignmouth’s ongoing drive to free up the
creative urge in writers of the future. Tim is one of the Southwest’s top Spoken Word performers. His work ranges from the brutally honest to the deeply poignant
via some clever and quirky word-play. Tim hosts Taking The Mic, a monthly Spoken Word event at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter, and is a champion of young
writers, leading workshops in schools and encouraging new talent onto the stage.
Yes, open to all – locals and visiting poets. A great opportunity to present new writing, or something fromthe past which you are particularly proud of… and to take the stage in Teignmouth’s most prestigious venue!
Hannah Lowe’s first two collections won many accolades, establishing her name in the top flight of UK poets. Her most recent publication is The
Neighbourhood (Outspoken Press, 2019). Hannah lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University – and later today will adjudicate at our Open
Before Hannah’s reading, Director of the Poetry Archive, Tracey Guiry, will give a 15 minute presentation about the Archive – brainchild of Sir Andrew
Motion – its recent updating and the major addition of a separate Children’s Poetry Archive.
The Festival’s Local competition was judged by Susan Taylor and Simon Williams who will announce the results, present the prizes, and invite the winners to read their successful poems. Open competition Judge Hannah Lowe will invite short-listed poets from the 2020 Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition to read their entries. She will announce the results and present the £850 in prizes.
Teignmouth has never seen or heard a poet like Liz Berry. Her readings are mesmeric, enchanting, unforgettable. It’s not just the quiet
charisma of her stage presence or the consummate charm of her performance – the sheer quality of writing has lifted Liz Berry into the
The Guardian described her first collection, Black Country, published by Chatto in 2014, as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’.
Among many plaudits, it won both the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Her follow-up, The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice, and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem of that year. One reviewer wrote, ‘Her poems sing the body electric, from the joy and anguish of becoming a mother, through its darkest hours to its brightest days… They bear witness
to that most tender of times – when a new life arrives, and everything changes.’ I crossed the border into the Republic of Motherhood/and found it a queendom, a wild queendom…This is a book which floodlights the miraculous territory every new mother finds herself having to explore. It’s mandatory reading for new fathers too.
And from an earlier poem, Homing: For years you kept your accent / in a box beneath the bed / the lock rusted shut by hours of elocution… Part of Liz Berry’s unique charm is in the unaffected way she unlocks vowels ferrous as nails, consonants you could lick the coal from. ‘An extraordinary poet: passionate, precise, moving and deeply real’: AL Kennedy.
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