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An evening celebration of Exeter City of Literature

By November 15, 2019January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

RAMM Lates on Friday 6 December is a celebration of the written and spoken word. It is the perfect occasion to rejoice in Exeter being awarded the newly-announced, prestigious UNESCO City of Literature status.

The fun-filled evening will combine music, food, writing, art, drink, poetry and seaweed delights and surprises. Headlined by mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker, highlights will include:

  • Best-selling author Virginia Baily’s fast-but-relaxed writing workshops.
  • Up and coming, Devon-based band Tors with their highly-engaging, folk-based harmonies.
  • Exeter’s Prof. Andrew McRae’s Places of Poetry, a celebration of the diversity, heritage and personalities of place.
  • Dr Kevin Dixon’s literary tour around the English Riviera.
  • Bard of Exeter, Tim King’s poetry open mike sessions.

An evening to bring friends and make new friends, December Lates celebrates the wonder of words. Inspired by the exhibitions The Lost Words and Sea Garden, it will be an over-18s, after-hours night of exploration and entertainment alongside poets, singers, artists and authors. Only £5 per person, tickets are available now.

Exeter City of Literature

Joining 65 cities across the world in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Exeter is the only new place in the UK to be given City of Literature status. The award reflects the importance that Exeter places on culture and was made in recognition of 1,000 years of unbroken history around reading. Exeter Cathedral has one of the oldest and best-preserved collections of old English verse in the world: the Exeter Book. The Exeter region has inspired authors as diverse as Authur Conan Doyle and JK Rowling. The University of Exeter archives host works connected to famous writers such as William Golding, Ted Hughes, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier and Sir John Betjeman.

Cllr Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Climate and Culture, said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the news – it is a huge honour for Exeter that will unlock exciting new opportunities for everyone in the city to engage in culture.” A four-year, cultural, City of Literature programme supporting the well-being of everyone is planned.

World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turned 10,000 days old this year. Harry will be bringing poems and stories from his 5-star sold out Edinburgh Fringe show to RAMM, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. He’s got 99 problems but maths ain’t one. He published his debut anthology ‘The Sunshine Kid’ with Burning Eye in December 2014. The subsequent show of the same name was voted ‘Best Spoken Word show’ of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Now a fully-fledged maths graduate and full time poet/adventurer, his work has been shared on and viewed millions of times worldwide, as well as being translated into 21 different languages. He is currently working on his second collection.

Author Ginny Baily

Virginia Baily is the author of three novels: Africa Junction, which won the Society of Authors’ McKitterick prize in 2012, Early One Morning, a Waterstones and Goldsboro’s Book of the Month and a Sunday Times Bestseller which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4, and The Fourth Shore. Her fast-but-relaxed writing class are designed for budding, established and novice writers and for people who don’t consider themselves writers at all. Virginia Baily will guide you through a dynamic series of exercises using RAMM art and artefacts as inspiration. Sponsored by Literature Works / Customs House.