Jurassic poet Sarah pens pamplet of poetry and prose

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 January 2018

Jurassic Coast poet-in-residence Sarah Acton. Picture: Contributed.

Jurassic Coast poet-in-residence Sarah Acton. Picture: Contributed.

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The East Devon stretch of the Jurassic Coast – including Exmouth – is the subject of a new 48-page pamphlet of poetry and prose.

'Jurassic Coast Poems East Devon' - the poetry pamphlet written by Jurassic Coast Trust poet in residence Sarah Acton. Picture: Contributed.'Jurassic Coast Poems East Devon' - the poetry pamphlet written by Jurassic Coast Trust poet in residence Sarah Acton. Picture: Contributed.

Jurassic Coast Poems East Devon has been written by Sarah Acton, the Jurassic Coast’s poet-in-residence.

Comprising new poems about the western end of the World Heritage Site, it was inspired by Sarah’s roving East Devon residency in 2017, which included time spent in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

Sarah says she’s ‘pleased and excited’ that the poetry pamphlet is now finished after several months’ of work.

“The poetry and prose are inspired by the local landscape and East Devon museum collections, after my four-month residency this summer spent in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Beer,” she says.

“I had full access to the local museum collections, and the volunteers really brought historical characters and stories to life with their passion and knowledge. The pamphlet is a snapshot of what stories claimed me as I walked the landscape where they happened.”

While in Exmouth, Sarah focused on the changing features of the estuary, and how these have shaped the lives of the people in the surrounding areas.

“Exmouth feels alive with maritime adventures,” said Sarah, in her online blog about the town. “That’s not surprising as it is surrounded by open sea and vast coastline. Exmouth’s fortunes have always been shaped by its position at the mouth of the estuary. Built from The Beacon down on reclaimed estuary, this seafront and its ever-shifting sand dunes and land have a few stories to tell. Exmouth is also the start of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, the gateway to 95 miles of coastline.

“Thanks to all of the East Devon museums who looked after me so well, opening their doors and minds to see what might happen when a poet came to visit.”

Sarah’s residency continues next year into West Dorset.

Printed on recycled materials, there are 150 limited edition, numbered and signed copies of Jurassic Coast Poems East Devon available, at £6 each. Details: blackvenpress@gmail.com.

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