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

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 brings. Pinpoint the sound of the swans slipping past or the scent of railing rust left on your palm. Mark out the water disturbance from a kayaker’s steady strokes.

Workshop attendees will be invited to read their work at a celebration event on 31st August where Sophie will share her commissioned poems.
Sophie Dumont is a poet, copywriter and ex-canoe coach living in Bristol. She is an alumna of Exeter University and her poetry has been published widely, including in The Rialto. Sophie won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize 2021, came 3rd in this year’s Magma Poetry Competition and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize twice.

Sophie’s poetry is anchored in themes of urban waterways as she explores her relationship to bodies of water and what the river can carry. Sophie completed a Creative Writing MA at Bath Spa and was awarded a poetry residency along Bristol Harbourside through Boat Poets. She’s written three immersive productions for Riptide, a Leeds-based theatre company. The latest production, SONDER, is an app experience using GPS satellite navigation and a 360° binaural sound walk along the river Aire in Leeds. Her website is