Day Six: Judging Torbay

If a poem is telling the truth, it will ring true… but only if its author really listens to what the poem wants to say. Three momentous events are featuring quite regularly in the Torbay submissions pile. The First World War, unsurprisingly, since we are currently living through the years of its centenary.  The migrant […]

Day Two: Judging Torbay

Melancholy, but inevitable day…. I have been doing my first read-through to discover the imaginary line which divides the Torbay poems which might make the eventual shortlist from the poems which will not. I am being generous at this stage, of course, determined not to overlook a poem which deserves more admiration than I gave […]

Day One: Judging Torbay

Nine hundred poems on my desk.  What if one of them blindsides me?  What if I let a work of breathtaking excellence pass me by?  What if I am THE TORBAY FESTIVAL COMPETITION JUDGE WHO FAILED TO SPOT THE FUTURE WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE?  At the start of the first day’s judging, that terror […]

Sue Boyle & Safe Passage

Originally posted on Rebecca Gethin:
Sue Boyle is the new Featured Writer. Her latest book, Safe Passage, published by Oversteps Books is heart-achingly beautiful, from the shadowy, sparse lines of the cover (a wood engraving by Aldo Patocchi) to all the poems in the collection. She examines both safe and unsafe passages in this book…

Competition Notes

There are now ten separately themed Pages under the menu heading Judging in Torbay 2016, all designed to help you choose which of your poems to submit, and what it might be useful to think about when getting a poem ready for the post.There is also a Thumbnails page, at the top of the list, […]

In Performance 16th June 2016

It is an extraordinary and magical experience to hear just one of your poems performed by someone as if it were their own. Not, of course, as in plagiarism, but in the sense that any good singer will take complete possession of any song.  When a song comes truly alive, for its duration, the composer […]

Report from the Judenplatz

Drama teachers from Heathfield School and The Space are preparing a new production of Report from the Judenplatz for the Page to Stage Evening at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton on Thursday 16th June.  With actors Jerry Hardingham, Carla St. Louis, David Duthie, Aileen St. John, Matt Bryden, Carl Holmes, Peta Braisby, Steph Foster, Leigh […]

Cafe Writing Day 9th April

Exploring Modernism:TWO How were poets of the early twentieth century – who were not ‘war poets’ and did not themselves have first-hand experience of the Great War – to write for the generations in England, Europe and America whose countries were implicated in that slaughter and whose lives were shaped and dominated by that dreadful […]

Cafe Writing Day 12th March

Exploring Modernism: ONE The 2016 Cafe Writing Days series was prompted by requests from poets who wanted to spend the year exploring some of the formative writers and major texts of English poetry. The aim was to find a provisional pathway through the rich confusion of the terrain. I chose ‘modernism’ as the theme for […]

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2016

Watch this Space! Some unspecified time ago, the  Poetry Teignmouth website promised to immerse you in the art of poetry … to bring more live poetry to Teignmouth …to entice potential poets to the table … to encourage, nurture and support poetic writing… to work towards organising a poetry festival in Teignmouth …. of all these , please […]