Who We Are

Exegesis is the international collective of writer artists that includes Jaime Robles, Mike Rose-Steel, and SMSteele. We invite you to join The Long Goodbye. Please contact us and we’ll tell you how you or your group can get involved!

Exegesis conceived of and produced the internationally recognized Wall of Miracles; the satiric poetry cabaret, 51 Shades of Black and Blue; and most recently, The Wittgenstein Vector, a poetry installation on the University of Exeter Streatham campus.

Exegesis is joined by local historian Richard Batten, whose research focuses on Devon and the Great War. Dr. Batten will contribute to the site blog, advise the project, and assure its historical integrity.


International award-winning Canadian poet SMSteele was one of five artists nationwide to participate as a war artist in the 2008-2009 Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP). Her requiem, Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, premiered in 2014, in Calgary Alberta, music by composer Jeff Ryan. She is currently completing a PhD on the artist as war witness. Her blog site is www.warpoet.ca.

Jaime Robles is a poet, artist, librettist, and reviewer. Her most recent book of poetry, Hoard, a series of poems based on the Hoxne treasure, was published by Shearsman Books in January 2013. Ann Callaway’s chamber opera, Vladimir in Butterfly Country, libretto by Robles was produced in 2012. They are working on a second chamber opera, titled The Spirit of the Moth.

Mike Rose-Steel is obsessed with the games we play with language, which has translated into researching Wittgenstein, ‘the Inexpressible’ and the poetic practice. Seriousness and laughter inexorably collide in his philosophy teaching and his writing, which has been published by Heaventree Press, The Clearing and The Broadsheet. He lives in Cornwall.

The Long Goodbye Project Members

Suzanne Steele, PhD researcher (Literature), Project Lead
Jaime Robles, PhD, Project Designer
Mike Rose-Steel, PhD researcher (Creative Writing), Workshop Developer
Will Dyer, Assistant Project Manager
Dr. Richard Batten (Exeter), Project Historian
Louise Jenkins, MA Hons, Communications and Workshop Leader
Richard Carter, PhD researcher (Digital Humanities), Digital Manager
Victoria Curry, Official Transcriber, Workshop Leader
Jack Lejk, Archivist
Christopher Long, Communications, Official Tweeter
Katie Newstead, Communications, Official Re-Tweeter

Workshop Leaders

Mike Rose-Steel
Gehad Abdelkhalek
Victoria Curry
Hannah Cummings
Christopher Davies
Eddie Falvey
Louise Jenkins
Anna Burford
Jane Wood
Wei-Hsien Wan
Jaime Robles
Julian Isaacs
David Shaw
Esther Van-Raamsdonk
Lorna Wilkinson
Jo Moore
Gemma Martin

With Thanks

We gratefully acknowledge the following organisations for the use of copyright images: the British Red Cross, The Society of Friends of Britain, The Oates Collection, Cambridgeshire County Council, British National Institute of the Blind, Lizzie Sherwood, and the University of St Mark and St John.