Barbara Farley and Uncut Poets

Barbara Farley is the new Featured Writer. Her poems are often sideways looks at the strangeness of the world and her wry sense of humour shines through the understatement and the lyricism.  It’s a fun evening at Exeter Uncut Poets when Barbara is there to regale us with her enigmatic perceptions … a twinkle in her eye as she tells us of a mass stranding of starfish on Budleigh Salterton beach, moving poems from her time volunteering in Africa. I look forward to seeing her collection one day in the not-too-distant future.

Exeter’s Uncut Poets is run by Alasdair Paterson and Gemma Green, both accomplished poets themselves who run the monthly sessions and organise the evening with a guest poet and 12 open mic-ers.  Last month, Penelope Shuttle read from her captivating new book Unsent which, as Alasdair said, if there’s one book to buy this year…. At last week’s Uncut night the guest poet was Simon Williams who treated us all to a bravura stand-up performance that included fantastic poems from his two (yes, two) new collections, A Place where Odd Animals Stand from Oversteps and He She from Itinerant Press as well as brand new ones from his Napowrimo  writing experiments. These poems involved audience participation, singing, whistling and beautiful writing on the subjects as diverse as Dominoes (‘Man’s Dominoes’) in a pub called The Wall to moving poems about a grandfather clock, his new grandson and funny ones about his own past and every shade in between.  No wonder he was elected the Bard of Exeter!

That night there were no less than 14 poets who also read their poems. (Actually, if you count Gemma and Alasdair it was 16!) It is always striking how wonderfully different all the performers are and how courageous to read out their poetry.  It always makes me think how diverse is the human voice.  To me , this is quite enthralling.  Last Thursday we heard many moving poems from a range of local and not-so-local  poets.  Three cheers for the inimitable Alasdair and Gemma for keeping warm the spirit of poetry in Exeter and enabling so many of us to find our feet and our voices in such generous and talented company.  Uncut Poets is at The Phoenix Arts centre on the last Thurs of each month.


About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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5 Responses to Barbara Farley and Uncut Poets

  1. If only there was such a group on Islay life here would be perfect. Sadly there’s virtually no opportunity to attend such gatherings. I’ve managed to scrape a very small writing group together but I’m the only one writing poetry. Lucky you!

    • That’s a bit of a downside to island life I suppose, which I have always rather hankered after myself! Nice to hear from you. Have you ever heard of Bill Greenwell’s Poetry clinics….run by Exeter Uni’s Lifelong Learning dept. A sort-of virtual poetic community…runs in Sept and Jan for 10 weeks. V popular so if interested book soon even if you turn it down nearer the time if you find you can’t manage it as it is very full-on for that 10 week period…… Just a thought. Bx

  2. Lovely poems by Barbara. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. I’ll let Barbara know. Thanks

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