Wednesday 24 November 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Our Autumn 2021 writer-in-residence Louisa Adjoa-Parker is running two FREE poetry workshops. This first workshop will provide a space for discussion as well as tools and ideas for participants to take away and choose stories to focus on.

Louisa wrote a very special narrative poem as a result of her pilot residency at Quay Words.  Called ‘Let the river sing’, we will share the poem (audio/text) with participants ahead of the first workshop.

We are encouraging participants to attend both workshops, although this is not essential. Participants are encouraged in between times to work on their poems and discuss edits with Louisa.  The workshops will be followed by an optional sharing event.

Please note: we are intending for this course to take place in-person at Exeter Custom House and will be following social distancing guidance at the time of the workshop. Spaces are limited, book now to avoid disappointment. Please provide your full name, email address and phone number when booking.

About Louisa

Louisa Adjoa Parker is a writer of English-Ghanaian heritage who lives in South West England. Her first poetry collection, Salt-sweat and Tears, and pamphlet were published by Cinnamon Press, and her third poetry collection, How to wear a skin, was published by Indigo Dreams, and her debut short story collection, Stay with me, was published by Colenso Books in 2020.

Louisa’s poetry and prose has been widely published. She has been highly commended by the Forward Prize; twice shortlisted by the Bridport Prize; and her grief poem, ‘Kindness’, was commended by the National Poetry Competition 2019. She has performed her work in the South West and beyond, and delivered many writing workshops.  Louisa has written extensively on ethnically diverse history, and set up the Where are you really from? project. Louisa also works as an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultant, and, along with Louise Boston-Mammah, is co-director of The Inclusion Agency. She is a sought-after speaker on rural racism, black history, mental health and marginalisation.  Her fourth poetry collection, a pamphlet entitled, She can still sing, is published by Flipped Eye in June 2021. Find out more about the collection and order your copy here.

Louisa is currently writing a coastal memoir, to be published by Little Toller Books in 2022.