Bard of Exeter Competition 2019, April 28th!

Yes, that time of year is here! It’s time for me to pass the Bardship on to a fresh new Bard, who will take the role for a full year. This year’s competition is already gaining much interests, with Grand Bard Jackie Juno and I having had to make the decision to limit it to 10 contestants and accept applications only until April 14th at noon. The lucky 10 will be announced later that evening. This gives the prospective Bards 2 full weeks to prepare and to gather their audience – after all, it’s the people of Exeter who will vote on the night and decide who will be the new Bard!

Click through to the FACEBOOK EVENT and find out how to apply!

Kimwei to host Exeter Story Club

Come along to Exeter Story Club, 1st Wednesday of every month at The Cowick Barton in and enjoy an evening’s storytelling wonderment. I’ll be hosting for the next 3 months, whilst Widsith & Deor go on their adventures.

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September’s Event

Here’s a song inspired by ancient stories, celebrating how Exeter Story Club always brings the oral tradition up to the modern day.

End of August Update

There’s lots coming up in the next month, both for me as Bard and Bardically throughout the city, so get ready for Autumn.

  • Cauldron Of Changes Meetups continue every Saturday at 7pm, by the Big Yew Tree at Rougemont Gardens.
  • Exeter Story Club – 1st Wed of each month at the Cowick Barton Inn. I’ll be hosting.
    • Sept 5th: Theme = Harvest
    • Oct 3rd: Theme = Ghosts & Spooks
    • Nov 7th: Theme = Fire & Old Souls – All Saints
  • Word Cafe – Friday Sept 27th: I will be appearing at Julie Mullen’s Word Cafe in Dartington.
  • Exeter Poetry Festival  – Oct 2nd-7th. This year’s festival will include performances from your Bard at Alex Cluness’ memorial on Thursday 4th (National Poetry Day), opening for Matt Harvey on Friday 5th and performing at and judging the Slam on Sunday 7th. Watch this space for more details. I will also be appearing on BBC Radio Devon around the festival time.
  • Exeter’s First Haiku Slam – Friday Nov 16th: Robert Casey pioneers the Haiku Slam at Exeter Phoenix. I will be a guest performer and also feature on the judging panel.



Exeter joins The Cauldron of Changes

After several visits to the Bardic seat at Rougemont Gardens and many revelations I realised that the my next act as Bard will be to bring healing magic to the city, by joining in with Michelle Elliott’s (Selkie Shell’s) Cauldron of Changes movement. I met with Shell and experiences the power of her weekly rituals first hand and was inspired to carry this on in Exeter. 
To do this, I’ll be leading weekly get-togethers at Rougemont, sending out healing magic through Exeter and beyond. The meetings are every Saturday at 7pm (and when it comes around, on each full moon). 
August 11th: Facebook event
August 18th: Facebook event
August 25th: Facebook event Covered by poet Katie Moudry in my absence. Thanks Katie. 🙂
6.30pm Meetup
7-7.15pm Ritual – Sending healing magic throughout Exeter and beyond. Shell and many around the world will be tuning in at the same time. Together, lets make this really powerful!
Bring yourselves and your hearts.
Yours Bardically

First month as Bard of Exeter!

A little report on my first month as Bard!

Links: Radio Devon Interview
Slugs and Spice – with Billie Bottle
Snake Tales with David Heathfield
Advice Pavilion, Hugh McCann
Blood of a Poet, Widsith & Deor 

Coming next: The launch of a new bardic listing “what’s on” in the in the next few days.

Other progress: Contact has been made with Apples & Snakes, Taking The Mic, Uncut Poets, Story Club, Exeter Poetry Festival, Exeter College, Street Arts Festival and more, so stay tuned for upcoming developments.

Radio Devon Interview with New Bard of Exeter: Kimwei

Want to know more about the Bardic role and coming year? Here I am live on the Pippa Quelch Show, explaining it all and performing a piece of spoken word.

Thanks to Laura James for recommending me and of course to Grand Bard Jackie Juno for my pre-radio pep talk.


Kimwei becomes Bard of Exeter 2018

Thanks to all who supported me to win last night’s Bard of Exeter Competition and become the new Bard. It’s truly amazing!

My first act as Bard – to levitate

There are still 6 days to go on the Kickstarter campaign, but I decided to borrow buy now and get started. Do please keep sharing with anyone who might want to pledge, as all funds beyond the initial target will go into the Bardship itself.

Special thanks to Grand Bard Jackie Juno, outgoing bard Chris white, and fellow bardic competitors Katie Moudry, Joe Fisher, Dan, Peter Roe, Sarah Acton, Ambigious A.