South West Poetry Tour (UK) - August 2016

The South West Poetry Tour was a groundbreaking collaborative poetry initiative bringing together over 70 poets connected to the region moving through Cornwall (St Ives & Falmouth), Devon (Dartington) and Somerset (Bruton & Bath) in August 2016. Asking pairs of poets to collaborate on short new pieces of literature for performance, commissioning dozens of new works across 5 energised events, the project brought hundreds of people to witness the breadth and depth of poetic innovation in the region. The project was supported by Arts Council England, Tate St Ives, Hauser & Wirth Somerset & more, and was curated by Camilla Nelson and SJ Fowler.. 

As well as core touring poets JR Carpenter, John Hall, Matti Spence, Annabel Banks, Camilla Nelson and SJ Fowler, the project featured many dozens of well known poets of south westerly counties and an open call for participation. Beyond producing some wonderful, dynamic nights of collaborative poetry, the tour also forged creative links between poets, artists, arts organisations and audiences locally and regionally. Blogs and more information available at

Featuring Camilla Nelson & JR Carpenter / SJ Fowler & John Hall / Annabel Banks & Matti Spence / John Phillips & James Stallard / Evelyn Holloway & Crispin Williams / Harry Man & Lesley Hale / Lucy Linford & Simon Persighetti

2nd August: Falmouth - The Poly
The Poly, 24 Church St, Falmouth.

Featuring Camilla Nelson & Annabel Banks / JR Carpenter & John Hall / SJ Fowler & Matti Spence / Sarah Cave & Anna Cathenka / John Canfield & David Devanny / Anna Kiernan & Andrew Fentham / Duncan Yeates & Sally Crabtree / Chloe Spicer & Sebastian Hau-Walker / Zach Jackson & Aaron Kent

3rd August: Dartington - Schumacher College
Old Postern, Totnes TQ9 6EA

Camilla Nelson & Matti Spence / Annabel Banks & John Hall / SJ Fowler & JR Carpenter / Steve Spence & Julian Isaacs / Mike Rose-Steel & David Sergeant / Ben Smith & Jos Smith / Matthew Carbery & Grizel Luttman-Johnson / Tony Lopez & Elizabeth-Jane Burnett / Alasdair Paterson & Tilla Brading / Louisa Adjoa Parker & Josephine Corcoran

6th August: Bath - Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN. 01225 312084

Camilla Nelson & SJ Fowler / JR Carpenter & Annabel Banks / John Hall & Matti Spence / Matthew Robertson & Andres Anwandter / Carrie Etter & Claire Crowther / Fay Stevens & Alyson Hallett / Miranda Barnes & Jinny Fisher / Siegfried Baber & Isabel Galleymore / Tom Cook & Bart Breathnach / Lucy English & Paul Hawkins / Beverley Ferguson & Roz Mascall

Camilla Nelson & John Hall / SJ Fowler & Annabel Banks / JR Carpenter & Matti Spence / Sam Playford Greenwell & Phil Owen / David Caddy & Andrew Henon / Nia Davies & Ghazal Mosadeq / Veronica Vickery & Anna Mace / Holly Corfield Carr & Tania Hershman / Annie Freud & Elaine Beckett

The South West Poetry Tour is curated by Camilla Nelson and SJ Fowler and supported by Arts Council England, Tate St Ives, Falmouth University, Schumacher College, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, The Clearing, Trail Mix, SoundArt Radio and Francis Boutle Publishers.



Camilla Nelson is a language artist, researcher and collaborator across a range of disciplines.  She recently received Arts International Development Funding and European Cultural Funding to support the development and performance of Reading Movement, a movement language collaboration with Khaled Barghouthi. Her collaboration with Rhys Trimble, ‘Tidal Voices’, was short-listed for the Tidal Bay Swansea Lagoon World-First Art Commission (Cape Farewell) and her first full collection, Apples & Other Languages (forthcoming with Knives Forks and Spoons), was long-listed for the 2015 Melita Hume Poetry Prize.  She is founding editor of Singing Apple Press, a small independent press devoted to the material investigation of poem production in relation to plants. She publishes, performs andexhibits her language work at conferences and festivals across the UK and abroad.

SJ Fowler is a poet, artist & curator. He has published five collections of poetry and been commissioned by Tate Modern, The British Council, Tate Britain, BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection. He has been translated into 20 languages and performed at venues across the world, from Mexico City to Erbil, Iraq. He is the poetry editor of 3am magazine, Lecturer at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern and the Poetry School, and is the curator of the Enemies project, which has curated over 200 events in 21 nations with over 600 poets.