june 2018

21jun12:1512:45Tony Lopez: Living by the Exe12:15 - 12:45 B: Studio 1

Event Details

The situation of the city of Exeter and its place in the larger region is based on the navigation of the river Exe through a long history o fsettlement, colonisation, fisheries, agriculture, manufacture and especially international trade. The roughly sixty square miles of tidal mudflats, sandbanks, marshes, with a dynamic structure that is inundated twice every day by the sea, has always been a rich and challenging environment for those who live around it. I plan to pick on three or four historical individuals who lived and worked along the estuary  and at the riverside, and write something about their lives and their work. It’s the river that connects them. I’m thinking just now of the Parminter sisters who had A la Ronde built, of the painter Francis Danby who lived in Exmouth, and of the sugar baker Samuel Buttall of Topsham – but there will be others between now and June 2018. My work will be an essay taking in these lives and the experience of the river today. I will be able to draw on a large collection of images by the photographer John S. Webb who lives and works in Malmo, Sweden. He and I have been walking and working on this project based around the Exe on his visits to the area over several years. I will consult with John S. Webb to select a number of images from this project to show with my talk.

© John S Webb


Poet Tony Lopez, best known for his book False Memory (The Figures, 1996; Shearsman 2012), has published 25 books of poetry, criticism and fiction. He has received awards from the Wingate Foundation, the Society of Authors, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Arts Council England. His poetry features in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry (Oxford), The New Concrete (Hayward), The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard), Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970 (Wesleyan) and Conductors of Chaos (Picador). He taught for many years at Plymouth University and was appointed first Professor of Poetry there (2000) and Emeritus Professor (2009).



(Thursday) 12:15 - 12:45


B: Studio 1

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN