THURSDAY MARCH 21
8 – 10pm Ice Factory £6
FLYING HIGH… SHEDDING FEATHERS – Gill McEvoy & Skylark BOOK HERE
The 2019 Festival begins tonight, fluttering into action with the vibrant energy of a skylark and the lexical dexterity of a high-flying poet.
Gill McEvoy has published two full collections with Cinnamon Press and three poetry pamphlets with HappenStance Press; of these The First Telling was winner ofthe 2015 Michael Marks Award. She is a Hawthornden Fellow and writes short fiction in addition to poetry.
Skylark is a four piece band who perform traditional and contemporary songs with two-part harmony singing, fiddle, flute,
mandolin, guitar and percussion. Their repertoire includes rousing numbers like jigs and reels, mixed with quieter, intimate songs which
show off the exceptional blend of instruments and voices. Skylark’s performances never fail to create an uplifting atmosphere.
FRIDAY MARCH 22
1.45 – 2.15pm Downstairs in the Ice Factory FREE
A laid-back lunchtime session, to a backing track of singing kettles and a chorus of cutlery clatter. No
advance booking, no indigestible rants or polyunsaturated Performances, just a low-carb diet of homemade poetry. Bring your own pasties – teas and coffee provided.
2.30 – 4.00pm Ice Factory £6.00
READING – JULIE-ANN ROWELL, VERONICA AARONSON AND PAUL DEATON BOOK HERE
Including tea & cakes
Julie-ann Rowell’s latest collection is Voices in the Garden (Lapwing Publications), a highly-acclaimed sequence on the life of Joan of Arc. Previous work includes a full
collection, Letters North (Brodie Press) and a pamphlet, also from Brodie: Convergence. Other successes include the Frogmore Poetry Prize and placings in the
Bridport Prize and Mslexia Poetry Competition. Julie-ann is also well-known for her focus on environmental issues.
Veronica Aaronson was a co-founder of the Festival. She runs an open mic quarterly in Teignmouth and produces Pzazz, an anthology of poems from those
events. Veronica’s first collection, Nothing About The Birds Is Ordinary This Morning (Indigo Dreams) was published in 2018. Veronica was winner of the Dawlish Poetry
Trail 2016 and has been long-listed in the National Poetry Competition 2016, The Rialto Nature Poetry Competition 2018 and Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2018.
Paul Deaton’s 2017 collection, A Watchful Astronomy (Seren Books) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In addition to several competition
successes, Paul’s work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including PN Review, The London Magazine, The Dark Horse and New
Boots & Pantisocracies. His poetry features regularly in The Spectator and is included in the Forward Prize Anthology 2019. Paul is a counsellor in
addictions, working for the NHS in Bristol. He is also a marathon runner.
4.30 – 5.30pm Ice Factory £3.00
POEMS WITH PZAZZ BOOK HERE
Pzazz3 is the Festival’s latest anthology of home-grown poetry, compiled by Veronica Aaronson. Every
poem has been heard at Poetry Teignmouth’s quarterly open mic sessions. Also eagerly awaited is the
presentation of the Hillstead Trophy, awarded to the best poem with an environmental theme. The
Festival is grateful to Martyn and Nikki Hillstead for their generous donation of this beautiful trophy.
7.00 – 8.00pm Ice Factory £5.00
POEMS IN OTHER LANGUAGES BOOK HERE
This event, which is still almost unique among poetry festivals, has long been an audience favourite. There
is fascination in hearing how poetry works in other tongues, spotting the rhythms and cadences or the
mechanisms of rhyme… We will feature work in ten languages, read by volunteers who are either fluent
or native speakers, including translations into English
8.30 – 9.30pm Ice Factory £8
READING – FIONA BENSON AND KIM MOORE BOOK HERE
Fiona Benson’s first collection, Bright Travellers, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2014. It was awarded the Seamus Heaney Prize for first collection and the Geoffrey
Faber Memorial Prize. An earlier pamphlet was the first in the ‘Faber New Poets’ series. A second full collection from Cape, Vertigo & Ghost, will be published in time
for the Festival. Fiona lives in rural Devon with her husband James and their daughters, Isla and Rose.
Kim Moore's first full length collection, The Art of Falling, was published by Seren in 2015 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her first pamphlet, If We
Could Speak Like Wolves, won the 2011 Poetry Business Pamphlet Prize and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. She won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in2010, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and a Northern Writers Award in 2014. Kim was one of the judges of the 2018 National Poetry Competition and is currently a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University looking at poetry and sexism.