Events: Residency


‘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

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

Introduction to Nature Writing with Writer-in-residence William Henry Searle

Quayside Walk and Creative Writing Workshop  Join writer-in-residence William Henry Searle for an introductory nature writing workshop. The workshop will start with an accessible walk around the quayside to gather inspiration followed by a workshop at Exeter Custom House.   This workshop is perfect for beginners to the form or for people who are looking to…

Sunday 15 October 1400 - 1600
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

Zenae Film Screening

with Islands of Women Collective and Piers Lewin/ Full of Noises

The Islands of Women Collective — writer-in-residence Alice, artists Rose Gibbs and Léonie Hampton — collaborated with musician Piers Lewin (Full of Noises) on a short art film, Zenae, edited by Martin Hampton with sound editing by Sam Britton. The film winds together, among other things, Piers’ music, with quotations and research from Alice’s books. Here they screen Zenae, the fruit of…

Sunday 4 December 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In conversation with Quay Words Writer-in-Residence Alice Albinia

Our current writer-in-residence Alice Albinia will read from her recent novel Cwen and her upcoming non-fiction work The Britannias, followed by a conversation and Q&A  chaired by Beth Howell, Collections & Research Assistant at the Devon and Exeter Institution and PhD Candidate at University of Exeter. You can also save a seat here to watch…

Sunday 4 December 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Narrative Non-Fiction Workshop with Quay Words writer-in-residence Alice Albinia

Autumn writer-in-residence Alice Albinia will teach this workshop on narrative non-fiction. Drawing on the season theme of ‘heritage’, Alice will explore with participants how the writing of memoir, life writing or history can become expansive and novelistic. About Alice  Alice Albinia is the award-winning author of twinned works of fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction book Empires of…

Sunday 4 December 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
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
Free Event

Found Poetry Workshop

with Quay Words Summer writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont

Join our summer writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont in a guided outdoor workshop.  Seek out words and phrases hidden along the Quayside, and use them to create your own poetry. More information to follow. ****** Sophie Dumont is a poet, copywriter and ex-canoe coach living in Bristol. She is an alumna of Exeter University and her poetry has…

Wednesday 3 August 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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