You’re bard! Mantie joins poetry tradition

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 March 2015

Lympstone St Peter's School English teacher, Manty Lister, has been bestowed the title of Exeter Bard. Ref exe 0339-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Lympstone St Peter's School English teacher, Manty Lister, has been bestowed the title of Exeter Bard. Ref exe 0339-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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An Exmouth poet is aiming to bring verse into the community after being named as the latest holder of a title which goes back hundreds of years.

Mantie Lister, 27, of St Andrews Road, has been chosen as the new Bard of Exeter.

Mantie, who won the title in a contest against two other poets at the city’s Bike Shed Theatre, will serve in the role for a year and a day.

She said: “I was really honoured to win. I didn’t think I was going to, as the people I was competing against, Susan Taylor and Elsie Katz, are quite established poets.

“I’m really proud and excited.”

It was an audience vote at the event which saw Mantie come out on top, and receive the ceremonial robes.

Mantie works as a teacher at St Peter’s School, Lympstone, and used this to inform her manifesto, which she had to read at the contest setting out her plans for her year-and-a-day as bard, along with performing original poetry.

“I would like to create more links to schools, to make poetry more accessible to children. It’s something which goes back to the Iron Ages to be a bard. It’s like the elected storyteller/poet of Exeter.”

Mantie says she will also be bringing the role to a festival she is running this summer at Bicton Park, which is owned by her mother, Val Lister.


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