Spork! Poetry - Keeping Poetry Alive in Exeter!

by Spork Poetry in Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st September 2023 we successfully raised £840 with 34 supporters in 56 days

With £0 Arts Council funding we want to put on 3 big spoken-word shows in Exeter, engage young artists & pay a Producer to write a bid

by Spork Poetry in Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

Hello, we’re Spork! Poetry CIC

As an organisation, we put on fun, fabulous and accessible spoken-word poetry events around Exeter, and beyond, including workshops and a programme of artist support. In the last 5 years we’ve put on over 60 events, from Haiku slams to poetry picnics. We’ve programmed drag queens, brass bands, and some of the best performance poets around, from John Hegley to Vanessa Kissule, as well as hundreds of local and emerging artists from across the South West.

Usually, we’re funded by project grants from Arts Council England, but with funding growing scarcer and more competitive, we struggled to find funding earlier this year. So, we’ve decided to launch a good old fashioned crowdfunder.

Over the next 6 months, we want to:

●  Make sure our 3 planned events at Exeter Phoenix are amazing and affordable; with a summer special in August, a Halloween spooktacular featuring Rick Dove and a Dead Poets Slam, and our 4th annual Christmas show featuring poetry alongside comedy and live music.

●  Deliver a FREE workshop and slam competition for young people in Exeter, with the winner receiving a paid slot at our Christmas Special

●  Pay a Producer for the time it takes to write a funding bid, so that we can ensure Spork!’s survival, and do even more in 2024

In return, we’ve got an exciting array of rewards, including some Spork! branded badges and mugs, tickets to live events, and personalised poems from Ed Tripp and Harula Ladd.

Anything we make beyond our £2,000 target will go into our planned activities for this year and beyond. We’re a not-for-profit organisation, and for the next 6 months none of our event organisers will be paid for their time. Our team currently consists of Spork! Founder Chris White, local poets Ed Tripp, Harula Ladd and Ceri Baker, local Producer Jessamie Edkins O’Brien, and our fabulous photographer Martin Niebroj

Anything you can give will help us keep poetry alive in Exeter!



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

8 of 100 claimed

£10 Spork! Badge Reward

For £10 you'll receive 1 of 100 Special Spork supporter badges! (Please collect from a Spork! event between now and the end of 2024)

£20 or more

£20 Spork! Mug Reward

For 20 quid you'll get a coveted Spork! Mug (Please collect from a Spork event between now and the end of the year)

£50 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£50 Gift Set: Mug, badge & free tix to all 3 shows

For £50 you'll get the entire Gift Set: Mug, badge & free tix to all 3 shows (in Aug, Oct & Dec)

£100 or more

0 of 8 claimed

£100 Limited Edition bespoke poem or gig!

For 100 smackaroos you'll get a limited edition bespoke poem from local legend Harula Ladd, or a personalised 20 minute Zoom gig or recording from the surreal Bard of Exeter Edward Tripp (just 4 of each available!) Please let us know which option you'd like. Poems, gigs & recordings will all be sent or performed by the end of 2023

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