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Updated: Nov 17

Tuesday 17th November at 7.30pm

Open Competition Winners, Jo Haslam, Lisa Kelly & Tim Waller, plus Teignmouth winners, Liz Diamond, Edward Aldous & Mark Cooper share their winning poems & others in this celebratory evening, which also includes readings from the judges, Hannah Lowe (Open Competition) & Susan Taylor & Simon Williams (Teignmouth Competition). The winning poems, 'The Kiss' by Jo Haslam and 'Harvesting with my Granddaughter' by Liz Diamond, although quite different in many ways, capture the profoundly tender moments of love between a grandmother and granddaughter. You can checkout these exquisite poems here:

Poetry Teignmouth are also delighted to welcome three other guest readers, their main judge, Hannah Lowe and the local judges, Susan Taylor & Simon Williams to this grand evening of Poetry at the Mill hosted by Veronica Aaronson and Virginia Griem on Zoom. Hannah Lowe was one of 20 Next Generation British poets in 2014. She has published 2 collections and 4 chapbooks, her most recent being The Neighbourhood (Outspoken Press, 2019). Husband and wife poetry team, Susan Taylor & Simon Williams have been writing since their teens and have seventeen published collections between them, including a co-authored pamphlet, The Weather House, published in 2017 by Indigo Dreams. Find more details here:


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What if we can't save the Earth? But if the Earth could save us. I'm excited to be part of this moving and powerful event, where Liv Torc, one of the four Siren Poets launches this bumper new poetry anthology, with live performance from many of the forty poets featured in the book. We all joined Liv in a creative quest to uncover lessons the Earth sent us during lockdown. She says "The aim was to unearth poetry on the tip of the tongue of the world by looking at signs and metaphors in nature... we like to think that this book is by the Earth. We just took time to listen." Having really enjoyed being a participant in both this project and Liv's original haiflu project during lockdown, I can guarantee that this book will be uplifting and eye-opening in equal measure. I'm just one of a group of poets who are really grateful for the time they've spent with Liv, as she continues her generous and life-affirming work - almost exclusively on Zoom - since our world of performance poetry has been turned inside out and upside down. Do join us if you can - everyone who buys a ticket will get a copy of this amazing book in the post. Here's the link

Updated: Oct 15

Seven South West poets get their voices together, mix them around to create new patterns and deeper meaning. The result is Interbeings, an innovative and heartfelt plea for the planet. Here, you will hear the whispering of trees, the roar of ocean, the mysteriously held silence of mountain and many beings, human and otherwise. Interbeings features: Miranda L Barnes, Rachael Clyne, Dominic Fisher, Deborah Harvey, Alwyn Marriage, Susan Taylor and Simon Williams This event is hosted by Lucy English and will be launched online via Zoom as part of the Lyra Poetry Festival on Saturday October 17th at 5.30pm. To join this free event, which includes a Q & A session, please register online at

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Trade Winds


Bring flowers on this winter night

where all the garden sleeps

                                beneath its leaves

I ache for the sweet of petal...