Torbay Poetry Festival is run by a committee which uses the expertise and knowledge of all co-opted members. While seven members of the committee are based in Brixham, Torbay, two are based in the home counties and two in Oxford.
Founded in 2001 as the culmination of William’s Year of the Artist residency in Torbay, the Festival has been carried on with Patricia as the Festival Organiser and William as the hon. treasurer! Patricia has edited Acumen Literary Journal for the previous 27 years, celebrating its 25th birthday in April 2010. William is a poet with many books of poetry and essays published. See www.acumen-poetry.co.uk for more information.
Patricia Oxley founded Acumen in 1985 and is proud to have showcased the work of many well known poets such as Dannie Abse, Sebastian Barker, John Burnside, Andrew Motion, U.A.Fanthorpe, and R.S.Thomas, as well as providing space for the emergence of new talent. Patricia also runs the much-loved Torbay Poetry Festival, while organising a host of other poetry events in both Devon and London. She is a very well respected figure on the poetry scene, and was awarded the MBE for services to poetry in 2012.
William Oxley is interviews’ editor of Acumen, and has published many books of poetry and prose. He was poet-in-residence for Torbay during the Year of the Artist and has given readings and lectures throughout Britain and on the Continent. He also believes he is the only British poet to have given a reading in Shangri-la, Nepal. A study of his poetry, The Romantic Imagination, came out in 2005 from Poetry Salzburg. WINNER OF THE 2008 TORBAY ARTSBASE AWARD FOR LITERATURE. His New and Collected Poems was published in 2014 by Rockingham Press, and a pamphlet Walking Sequences & Other Poems is published in 2015.An interview with William Oxley