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

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 are pleased to announce that this piece of writing will be published online as part of a special issue of Little Toller’s blog, The Clearing.

Davina Quinlivan is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at The University of Exeter. Her memoir, Shalimar: A Story of Place and Migration, was recently published with Little Toller Books (2022) and her creative non-fiction essays and short stories have appeared in The Willowherb Review, Litro, Arty, The Clearing, Caught by The River, and in collaboration with The Countryside Alliance and The Museum of English Rural Life. Her work has featured as part of programmed, public events with The Wallace Collection, The Wellcome Trust, The Urban Tree Festival and The Serpentine Gallery. For several years, she has run the popular seminar series F: For Flânerie at The Freud Museum and is part of the founding teaching ensemble at The New School of the Anthropocene, alongside Marina Warner and Robert Macfarlane. Shalimar was selected by Spiracle Audiobooks as one of stories which would launch their new audiobook platform in 2022. Prior to moving to Exeter, she taught for 12 years as a Senior Lecturer in The School of Art, Kingston University. She is currently working on a follow-up to Shalimar entitled Waterlines, on rivers and migration, trauma and healing, and a novel set between Cornwall and the Black Sea.

This workshop is taking place in person at Exeter Custom House and is Pay What You Can. You can find out more about the accessibility of the Custom House here. If you have any access needs you’d like to discuss with us before the event you can contact us on