Torbay Festival of Poetry
THANK YOU TO OUR AUDIENCES
Thank you to all the poets, poetry lovers and other interested people who came to so many of the events at this year’s Festival. So many warm memories: the children’s poetry which Susan and Simon incorporated into their weather house presentation; the wonderful readings by the Irish poets James and John; Angela with her poems and readings about The Hill which, though it was a specific hill, resonated with many people in their fight to keep open common rights of way; the excitement of waiting for the announcement of the Open Competition winners (for a list of winners for both competitions, please see competition page); Matt Harvey at the Festival Supper — need I say more about this; the fascinating reading by Giles who is blind, and his struggle to memorize poems plus his introduction to Hazel, his google-reader; the enjoyment of Vicki from Edinburgh reading her own poems with such a smile; the other readings, the workshops, the events, the challenges; and finally ending up with a selection of poems read by Torbay’s Community of Poetry Groups to an audience including members of Torbay’s Memory Cafes and their enjoyment in recognizing many poems which they had learnt in the past. This ended up with them all joining in singing ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’. Such an inspiring occasion. The programme for next year’s Festival will be posted next May and to see what else you missed this year, I leave the welcome up to inspire you to join us then.
WHAT YOU MISSED:
Welcome to this year’s Torbay Festival of Poetry programme. Thank you to all who used the Festival website last year to order tickets and enter the competition. I hope you will do so again and also use the site to find out more about the poets taking part in the Festival.
Many poets have come to Torbay to find inspiration and this year we are celebrating their faith in the beautiful environment by introducing their poetry. This covers the light-hearted, the funny and the serious, including poems set to music. As usual, our popular Thursday evening party-style opening event is at the atmospheric Torre Abbey where the Festival Organiser will compère this wide-ranging poetic feast washed down with liquid refreshments.
Since the Festival opened in 2001, Torbay has seen a growth of small poetry groups, but all reading and writing poems from all ages. Many of these poetry lovers love to attend our workshops, and events, especially those which have a community feel to them.
Galmpton Primary School is welcoming two poets to run a workshop on Thursday morning and hopefully will bring one or two of their own budding poets to read their work on the Friday morning. Do come and support them as these are the poets of the future.
‘The Hill’ Event on Saturday morning explores a geographical area in many forms, while Sunday introduces a blind poet who brings along his personal ‘voice’ Hazel to read the poems he hasn’t remembered. He’s hoping to meet other visually-impaired people from the Bay and introduce them to Hazel.
One of the favourite venues used by the Festival is the Little Theatre. On Monday, the Festival is holding a reading by poets from various poetry groups across Torbay who will read both their own poems and at least one from the era when poems were learnt off by heart. Members of various ‘Memory Cafes’ will also be invited to participate.
So with poets being put ‘On the Spot’ and the popular Open Mic lunchtime sessions giving everyone a chance to strut their stuff, there is much variety in this year’s programme.
With twenty five events, poetry will fill the weekend. As well as listening to readings, learn more about writing poetry at workshops, listen to poets talking about their craft, meet the poets and, above all, ask questions of them. There is much variety in this year’s porogramme. The subject for the Festival Challenge will be announced at the Thursday evening event at Torre Abbey and then will be displayed at the main Festival Hotel..
Visitors to the Festival enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the Livermead Cliff Hotel, with its own stunning views of the sea and Torbay. This is a long weekend which celebrates all things poetic in the heart of beautiful Torbay: sea, palm trees, light … and inspiration!
The Festival’s aim of concentrating a packed schedule of events, mainly in one comfortable venue, has established an inspiring literary weekend by the sea with the added advantage of the beautiful English Riviera as a backdrop. Torbay is famous for sunshine … it also has a reputation for poetry.
Tea / Coffee and the famous LivermeadCliff shortbreads are included in the price of certain events, while wine is served during the evening events.
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THURSDAY EVENING AND MONDAY MORNING, ALL OTHER EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE LIVERMEAD CLIFF HOTEL, SEA FRONT, TORQUAY, TQ2 6RO.
Free car parking and disabled access are available at the hotel.
Stagecoach South West runs the bus services in Torbay. Just to say that if your train arrives late at Newton Abbot and you miss your connection, the bus service from outside the station runs every 10 minutes during the week and 15 minutes on Sunday right to the Livermead Cliff Hotel. The journey is around 40 minutes. The journey by train is around 15 minutes to Torquay station plus a ten minute walk or taxi fare to the hotel. Hope this information helps you to decide how to continue your journey if you have the misfortune to miss your connection.