Wednesday 7 July 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Poet Richard Skelton will read from his new book-length poem Stranger in the Mask of a Deer set in the Late Palaeolithic, with dreamlike evocations of landscape, community, the deep past.

Richard Skelton is a writer, musician and publisher from Lancashire in northern England. His work is deeply focused on landscape and our relationship with the natural world. Between 2005 and 2011 he ran the acclaimed Sustain-Release private press, publishing beautifully packaged albums of music under a variety of pseudonyms. His albums include Marking Time (2008), Verse of Birds (2012), Towards a Frontier (2017), and Border Ballads (2019). His books include Landings (2009), Limnology (2012), Beyond the Fell Wall (2015) and Dark Hollow Dark (2019). His novella The Look Away was longlisted for the 2019 Portico Prize. For the past decade he has run Corbel Stone Press, one of the foremost UK small presses dedicated to landscape and nature, with the Canadian poet Autumn Richardson. He also runs the Centre for Alterity Studies.


Penned in the Margins creates publications and performances for people who are not afraid to take risks. From small beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London, Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade into a respected, award-winning literary arts company producing new work live, in print and online. Their books have been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Award, TS Eliot Prize, Costa Poetry Award, Gordon Burn Prize and the International Dylan Thomas Prize; in 2017 they were shortlisted for the inaugural Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers.


This event will be live-streamed from Exeter Custom House. This is an opportunity to be part of a small, socially distanced live audience at the Custom House for this event. We will be following Government guidance to ensure the event is Covid-19 secure.

We will be following social distancing guidance during this event, including a two metre distancing rule, provision of hand sanitiser and a clearly marked one-way system. Exeter Custom House requires that face coverings are worn when inside the building.

This event is going to be filmed for live broadcast on Crowdcast. You may appear on screen. Please only book if you are happy with this.

Tickets are limited and available on a first come-first served basis. Please only book if you intend to be part of the invited audience on 6th March. Please provide your full name, email address and phone number when booking.

Book with confidence, any changes in guidance that prevent the event from going ahead in person will result in a refund of the ticket price and the event will take place digitally.