Wednesday 26 July 2.30pm - 5pm

A creative family workshop of paperfolding and poetry at the Quay

Come and explore impressions, ideas, hopes and dreams for our beautiful river and canal.
What can you see, hear, touch, smell, taste?
How does it make you feel to sit by the water and spend time with family and friends?
Discover who else lived, worked and played on the quay.

This workshop is aimed at family groups. Kim will lead you in the making of your own paper poetry boats, inspired by her residency installation at the Custom House. Come along for a relaxed afternoon of making and poetry.

Kim Squirrell is a multidisciplinary writer and artist. Raised in Birmingham, but born to live in the Westcountry, her Irish-Caribbean heritage has led her to explore colonialism and the lives of working people, finding commonality and connections through the work of hands.

Her poetry and short stories have appeared in anthologies including: More Fiya (Canongate 2023,) Café Stories and Resist (Comma Press 2018/19,) Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012) and literary magazines including: RiptideStand and the Poetry Review. Her novel-in-progress won the 2022 Sky Arts RSL Fiction Award and the 2021 Bridport Prize Dorset Award. 2021 also saw her shortlisted for the inaugural James Berry Poetry Prize established by Newcastle University’s Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) and the renowned poetry publishing house Bloodaxe Books.

This workshop is taking place in person at Exeter Custom House and around the Quay 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