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Bob Devereux

Poet, Artist and Gallery Director

Since 1965 Bob Devereux has his time to painting and writing, to teaching and to curating the Salthouse Gallery.

In 1980 he opened the Salthouse Gallery representing the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen and over the years has helped launch many successful careers.

His own work has been exhibited widely in the UK and Europe and features in many collections. Bob has conducted painting and creative writing workshops in hundreds of venues from Oxford colleges to local primary schools, from National Trust properties to Marks & Spencer stores.

He has collaborated with numerous musicians and composers, producing libretti for eight operas and eight cantatas performed at major venues in Britain and abroad and has featured regularly in radio programmes. In 2000, as part of a millennium project, his poetry was carved into handrails beside the Tamar. This year his poetry was carved into granite boulders in remembrance of the Cornish Diaspora for the Heartlands regeneration project at Pool.

He helped resurrect the St Ives September Festival in 1993 and is now responsible for the St. Ives Literature Festival every May.

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Poetry from Bob

One of our judges Bob Devereux has been creative: 

Spores floating in our atmosphere
Spores that the naked eye can’t see
I like to think they work for me
Recycling life’s detritus
 
Sometimes friends can get up my nose
Good friends can be bad enemies
It’s hard to breath at times like these
If they don't keep their distance
 
Keep looking for the way to win
This fight with space invaders
Keep spores at bay and in their place
Recycling life’s detritus
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