Derwent Poetry Festival 12 – 14 November: Masson Mills, Matlock Bath

All Events are in the Arkwright Suite, Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PY

Admission to the opening reception and readings of the Derwent Poetry Festival on Friday 12th November is free.

Individual events on Saturday 13th & Sunday 15th November are £3.00 and £2.00 Concession. An Open Ticket for the entire Festival is £10. Tickets may be purchased online at http://templarpoetry.co.uk/festival.html. Postal Bookings are available from: Derwent Poetry Festival, c/o Iota, PO BOX 7721, Matlock, DE4 9DD


The Derwent Poetry Festival is a landmark in the poetry calender; a poetry publishing festival where excellent new poetry is launched and published in superbly designed and produced books, offering a unique opportunity to listen to a range of live poetic voices. Eight new titles are launched at the fourth Derwent Festival, opening on Friday 12th November with a free Reception and Awards event for the 2010 Pamphlet Award winners; Olive Broderick, Matt Bryden, Hilary Menos and Ian McEwan. This is followed by readings from Pat Winslow, the 2010 awards Judge, and Paul Maddern launching his debut collection, The Beachcomber’s Report.

On Saturday we are delighted to welcome five guest poets from Northern Ireland who will feature in three readings during the Festival. There is a rare opportunity to hear Ciaran Carson, Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University, reading on saturday evening, and Howard Wright, Jean Bleakney, Francis O’Hare and Martin Mooney, published by the Lagan and Blackstaff Presses in Northern Ireland, are featured in lunchtime readings on Saturday and Sunday.

Over the weekend the four Pamphlet Award winners will launch their new pamphlets and three events are dedicated to poets whose individual poems were selected from this year’s excellent range of pamphlet submissions. Award winning Anglo Italian writer and designer Jane Weir launches a new edition of her acclaimed first collection, The Way I Dressed During the Revolution, and Maggie O’Dwyer reads from her first collection, Laughter Heard from the Road, shortlisted in the 2010 Rupert & Eithne Strong Awards for best First Collection by an Irish Poet earlier this year.

The festival continues until Sunday afternoon, closing with a reading and talk by Jane Weir from Walking the Block, her ground breaking poetic biography of the creative lives of the modernist textile designers and printers Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher, which has toured the British Isles since it was first published.

The full range of Templar Poetry titles will be available at the Festival Bookshop throughout the weekend.

Festival Tickets will be available online from 1st October and are available now by post as detailed below.

Full Festival Ticket: Entry to all Events throughout the Festival: £10 & Concession £6

Individual Event Tickets: £3 Concession £2

The Full Festival Programme is set out below. If you wish to purchase Tickets by Post please send Cheques or Postal Orders Payable to Templar Poetry for the appropriate amount, indicating the event which you wish to attend if you are not booking a Full Festival Ticket, along with a self addressed and stamped envelope, if you wish us to return the tickets to you. We can also hold tickets purchased by post at the door for you and acknowledge your booking by email or telephone.

DERWENT POETRY FESTIVAL 2010: Masson Mills, Matlock Bath

Friday 12th Sunday 14th November

FRIDAY 12th NOVEMBER

6.00 – 7.00pm Free

Derwent Poetry Festival Opening Readings

Festival Reception & Pamphlet Awards Presentation

7.00 – 7.30pm

Reading by 2010 Judge Pat Winslow

Templar First Collection Launch

7.30 – 8.00pm

Paul Maddern reading from The Beachcomber’s Report

SATURDAY 13th NOVEMBER

The Morning Readings

Templar Anthology Poets

9.45 – 10.30am

Poets reading from Snap, the Anthology of selected poems from the 2010 Pamphlet & Collection Awards.

Templar Pamphlet Poets

11.15am – 12.00

Two Templar Award winning poets launching their 2010 pamphlets.
Olive Broderick reading from Darkhaired
Matt Bryden reading from Night Porter

Lagan & Blackstaff Press: Lunchtime Showcase

12.15 - 1.00pm

Belfast based Lagan Press and Blackstaff Press publish some of the best contemporary Northern Irish poets. The Guest Press readings will feature two poets at each event from the Northern Irish poets attending: Howard Wright, Jean Bleakney, FrancisO’Hare and Martin Mooney.

The Afternoon Readings

Templar Pamphlet Poets

2.00 – 2.45pm

Two Templar Award winning poets launching their 2010 Pamphlets
Ian McEwan – The Stammering Man
Hilary Menos – Wheelbarrow Farm

Templar Collection Poets

3.30 – 4.15pm

Maggie O’Dwyer and Jane Weir reading from their Templar Poetry Pamphlets and Collections.

Templar Anthology Poets

4.45 – 5.30pm

Poets reading from Snap, the Anthology of selected poems from the 2010 Pamphlet & Collection Awards.

The Evening Reading

7.00 – 8.00

Ciaran Carson

SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

The Morning Readings

Templar Anthology Poets

10.30 – 11.15am

Poets reading from Snap, the 2010 Anthology of selected poems from the 2010 Pamphlet & Collection Awards.

Lagan & Blackstaff Press: Lunchtime Showcase

12.15-1.00pm

Belfast based Lagan Press publish some of the best contemporary Northern Irish poets. This reading will feature two of the four guest poets from Northern Ireland.

Templar Poetry Showcase

1.30 – 2.30pm

Jane Weir reads from Walking the Block and talks about this innovative poetic biography.

Admission to the opening reception and readings of the Derwent Poetry Festival on Friday 12th November is free.

Individual events on Saturday 13th & Sunday 15th November are £3.00 and £2.00 Concession. An Open Ticket for the entire Festival is £10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.templarpoetry.co.uk from 1st October 2010. Postal Bookings are available now from: Derwent Poetry Festival, c/o Iota, PO BOX 7721, Matlock, DE4 9DD.

Many of the poets present are reading from work published by Templar Poetry and titles published by Templar Poetry are available throughout the festival at the Festival Bookshop. Lagan Press and Blackstaff Press from Belfast are the guest Independent publishers.

We are also delighted to welcome Ciaran Carson, Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast, our Saturday Evening guest poet.

Thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for assisting in developing the Northern Ireland presence at the festival.

Further information about Templar Poetry is available from the website at www.templarpoetry.co.uk

Iota Magazine, published by Templar Poetry, is available at the Festival and from the Iota website at www.iotamagazine.co.uk

All Events are in the Arkwright Suite, above the Working Textile Museum, Masson Mills, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PY