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Your Local Arena

Caroline 199: A Pirate’s Tale

A free film screening in the Transit Shed, Exeter Quayside, Saturday 8th June 6-8pm We are partnering once again with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions on their Your Local Arena strand, offering a free screening of a gem from the BBC Arena archive. To complement Exeter’s Heritage Harbour Festival 2024, we selected Caroline 199: A Pirate’s…

Saturday 8 June 1800 - 2000
Free Event

Quay Words presents

The Poetry Machine

Saturday 27th– Sunday 28th July, 11am-5pm The Poetry Machine: free poems created in conversation with you! Poet Beth Calverley will be joining us with her magical Poetry Machine. Beth will ask you some gentle questions and weave your words into a typewritten poem to take away with you. Just follow the clatter of her vintage…

Saturday 27 July 1100 - Sunday 28 July 1700
Free Event

Quay Words presents

The People of the West Quarter: The Working Class histories of the Quay

“When we looked out our bedroom window, there was Pearce rag stores, with all the rabbit skins hanging in the window.  If I had a stick I could have poked them!” The People of the Quarter lived cheek by jowl with the industries of the river and Quay. JoJo Spinks dives into their testimony in…

Wednesday 13 September 18:30 - 1930
Free Event

The Sweetshop of Words

An interactive performance/installation piece created by Sally Crabtree This counter of conceptual confectionary will offer each member of the public a small gold coin which you can spend on just one thing. The Sweetshop of Words explores the notion of choice in our lives. “Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless” as Goethe…

Saturday 22 July 11:00 - 17:00
Free Event

Commotion on the Ocean – storytelling from Clive PiG

Get ready for Commotion on the Ocean! Stories from the seven seas to be taken with a pinch of salt told by Globetrotting Storyteller Clive PiG. Clive will be telling tales over three slots, the event is free, and no booking is needed, just turn up! This free event is part of a season of…

Wednesday 26 July 11:00 - 11:50, 12:00-12.50, 13:00-13:50
Free Event

'The Secret Life of Objects'

with Davina Quinlivan, Noreen Masud and William Henry Searle

Join us and Quay Words writer-in-residence Davina Quinlivan at Exeter Custom House for an unique literary salon event with Noreen Masud and William Henry Searle on stories of place and finding profound narrative ‘threads’ through objects, puppetry and the everyday. During our Threads season this March and April we’ll be delving into text and the textile, pulling…

Wednesday 5 April 6.30 pm - 7.45 pm
Free Event


Creative writing workshop with writer-in-residence Davina Quinlivan

You’re invited to bring along a piece of fabric or clothing that has personal significance to you for this workshop. Davina will then use this as a jumping-off point to inspire participants to try out creative writing techniques, and then lead the group to create a long form piece of poetry written in collaboration. We…

Saturday 18 March 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
Free Event

Poetry for Wellbeing with Harula Ladd

Part of the Health and Resilience Project Join us for a workshop focused on creativity and wellbeing with poet and performer Harula Ladd. Harula will lead you through creative exercises, and support you to write poetry during this 3-hour workshop. We’ll be thinking about themes of health, wellbeing and resilience in our writing as well…

Wednesday 23 November 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Free Event

Fiona Benson and Kat Lyons: Poetry of Bodies, Change, and Resilience

A collaboration between Quay Words and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health In the first of our public events from The Health & Resilience Project, we welcome poets Fiona Benson and Kat Lyons to Exeter Custom House where they will treat us to readings from their recent works, followed by a Q&A…

Wednesday 19 October 6:30 pm - 7.45pm
Free Event

Sensory Mapping

A poetry and cartography workshop with Quay Words writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont

Join our summer writer-in-residence in a guided outdoor exploration of Exeter Quay. Sophie invites you to come and create a deeply personal, sensory map of the quayside to add to this space’s wealth of cartographical history.Ditch the compass, the signposts, the landmarks and instead map that mint choc chip ice cream and the nostalgia it…

Wednesday 10 August 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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