Tiverton Literary Festival 2018 – Poetry Night – 15th June

Liz Shakespeare & Poetry Cafe with Paul Mortimer and Guests

15th June  2018

Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start

Tickets £7 

Available from Tiverton Library, Liznojan Bookshop, and Reapers or online – Click here.

Liz Shakespeare talks about Edward Capern, the famous postman poet born in Tiverton, whose admirers included Charles Dickens. Followed by the return of the popular Poetry Cafe with Paul Mortimer and Guests – all taking place in the stunning surroundings of the Oak Room Arts Centre!

Licensed bar and coffee shop will be open.

Programme for the evening:

6.30pm                        Doors open – coffee shop and licensed bar open.

7pm – 8pm                  Liz Shakespeare

8pm – 8.30pm             Interval

8.30pm – 9.30pm        Poetry café with Paul Mortimer and Guests

9.30pm – 10pm           Wind down/book sales/doors closed


7pm – 8pm Liz Shakespeare

Liz talks about Edward Capern, the famous postman poet born in Tiverton, whose admirers included Charles Dickens.

About Liz Shakespeare

Liz Shakespeare has been writing for nearly thirty years and has published six books inspired by the landscapes, people and history of Devon. The family stories she has grown up with and the sense of being deeply rooted in the area have been a powerful influence on her writing. She is interested in social history and particularly in the lives of the less advantaged.

Liz Shakespeare will be talking about Edward Capern, the famous postman poet born in Tiverton. Her novel The Postman Poet draws on historical research and Capern’s own writing to tell the story of Bideford’s Postman Poet from obscurity to national renown, capturing the opportunities and inequalities of the Victorian age.

8.30pm – 9.30pm Poetry Cafe with Paul Mortimer and Guests

  • Elaine Jarvest Miller
  • Annie Fisher
  • Alasdair Paterson
  • Paul Tobin

About the poets

Our host Paul Mortimer: Born in North Wales now living in Tiverton, Paul Mortimer’s debut collection, Fault Line, was published by Lapwing in 2015 with two prints runs completely sold out. The book was the focus of a 44-piece art exhibition that toured throughout 2016. He has appeared at several literary and poetry festivals. This year two of his poems featured in the international anthology Chiaroscuro which selected work of poets from America, Africa and Australia as well as Europe.  His second poetry collection is due to be published soon.

Elaine Jarvest Miller lives in Dawlish and performs regularly on the South West poetry scene. Her first collection was The Angel in my Underwear (Acumen, 2013). She lives in Dawlish and is involved with several Devon poetry groups.

Annie Fisher is a member of the Taunton-based Fire River Poets and her work has appeared in a number of poetry magazines. Her poetry pamphlet, Infinite in All Perfection, was published by Happenstance, 2016.

Paul Tobin lives in Taunton and has appeared at numerous literary and folk festivals, taking his poetry to a wide audience. He has two collections,Blessed by Magpies (Lapwing, 2011) and Flash Words (Lapwing, 2014). A third is due later year.

Alasdair Paterson Having won an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1975 and published collections in the mid-1980’s, Alasdair Paterson returned to writing after a 20 year gap with on the governing of empires, published by Shearsman in 2010 and has since produced another four books or pamphlets.  He lives in Exeter, where he presents the Uncut Poets readings and chairs the Exeter Poetry Festival.

Licensed bar and coffee shop will be open from 6.30pm.

It promises to be a great night!

Festival Box Offices:

Tiverton Library, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton EX16 6SA Tel 01884 244644

Liznojan Books, 25 Gold St, Tiverton EX16 6QB

Reapers Whole Foods, 18 Bampton St, Tiverton EX16 6AA

Or online at www.tivertonlitfest.co.uk


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