Events: Writer event

Workshops and courses

Storytelling take-over

Storytelling take-over in collaboration with Artemis Storytelling for the Exeter Story Fix The Room of Exploration • Ticket holders only: £38 for the day or £20/£25 per workshop.  Click the book now button to purchase tickets for either or both of these Workshop events. 11am-1pm Workshop: Voice Intensive led by Giles Abbott Find your most…

Saturday 23 November 1100 - 1600

‘Walkshop’ with writer-in-residence Sarah Acton

Tuesday 16th July 6-8pm / Thursday 18th July 6-8pm Join Sarah at dusk for a creative writing and walking workshop. We will explore the theme of bodies of water and the vessel of the body as part of individual and communal writing practice. We will get curious about the physicality of composition with our walking…

Tuesday 16 July 1800 - Thursday 18 July 2000
Writer event

Quay Words presents Katrina Naomi

Battery Rocks launch

We’re delighted to welcome Katrina Naomi to Exeter Custom House for the launch of Battery Rocks. Battery Rocks is Katrina’s first full poetry collection since the critically acclaimed Wild Persistence (Seren) in 2020. Battery Rocks is a meditation on nature, risk, swimming and the sea. The title refers to a Cornish swimming spot in Katrina’s home town…

Wednesday 10 July 1830 - 1930
Writer event

Quay Words presents

Exploring Heritage with Olive Olusegun and Billy Kahora

A collaborative event between our two writers-in-residence Olive and Billy will perform and read from their work, followed by a conversation and Q&A to discuss shared themes that have arisen during their time in residence at Exeter Custom House. They will explore the season theme of heritage in relation to their work, the individual, and wider…

Sunday 24 March 1830 - 2000
Writer event

Quay Voices

Claire Fuller

We’re thrilled to welcome prize-winning novelist Claire Fuller to the Custom House. Claire will be reading from a selection of her work including her latest novel The Memory of Animals. She’ll be supported on stage by a handful of talented emerging writers who will be taking part in our three-day intensive Hothouse workshop, come along to enjoy new voices reading…

Saturday 27 April 1830 - 1930
Writer event

Quay Words presents Monique Roffey


We’re thrilled to welcome Monique Roffey (The Mermaid of Black Conch) back to the Custom House, after her time as writer-in-residence. She’ll be reading from her new novel Passiontide, ahead of its publication in June, so this evening promises to be an exclusive preview of the eagerly awaited new book, and a chance to ask Monique…

Wednesday 22 May 1830 - 1930
Writer event

Quay Words presents Joelle Taylor

The Night Alphabet

This June we welcome Joelle Taylor to the Custom House, for a reading from her debut novel The Night Alphabet followed by a Q&A. ‘The Night Alphabet is a glorious jewel of a novel, rich with language and story, that glows in your mind’s eye long after you have set it down. Taylor manages to combine her…

Wednesday 12 June 1830 - 1930
Writer event

Quay Words presents Fiona Williams in conversation with Davina Quinlivan

The House of Broken Bricks

We’re thrilled to welcome Fiona to the Custom House to celebrate the launch of her debut novel The House of Broken Bricks. Fiona will read from her novel, followed by a Q&A chaired by memoirist and past writer-in-residence Davina Quinlivan. Lyrical and powerful –  a tender debut about family, loss and life in the countryside….

Wednesday 7 February 1830 - 1930
Writer event

Quay Words presents ‘to decorate this silence’

Midwinter Poetry and Harp With Caleb Parkin and Scarlett Smith

Not a run-up to midwinter, but a slow-down. Poet Caleb Parkin and Electroacoustic harpist Scarlett Smith present an interactive event focused on rest, recovery and stillness. We’ll keep in mind nature’s rhythms and the need for recuperation at the time of year when days are shortest. Around a ‘campfire’, Caleb will share a selection of…

Wednesday 13 December 1830 - 1930

Dawn to Dusk nature writing weekend with writer-in-residence William Henry Searle

 “On the role of love in our connections to the natural world.”   Bookended by the sunset and sunrise, writer-in-residence William Henry Searle will guide participants on a reflective weekend workshop, foregrounding the role of personal emotion and love in our nature writing practice.   Over a series of walks, personal time to write and guided workshops…

Saturday 11 November 1500 - Sunday 12 November 1600
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