Our Spring season is in full bloom and we’re excited by the fantastic events coming up with our current writer-in-residence Ellen Wiles, who will be working with our theme of Science. Ellen is developing a literary sound walk for her residency that will look at the challenges faced by the river Exe, its ecology and reaction to climate change.  

We will kick off with a creative writing and walking workshop for families delivered by Ellen along the banks of the river (sorry – now sold out). This will be followed by an exciting panel event chaired by Ellen looking at Climate Science and Creativity on Wednesday 27th April. Three expert scientists including leading climate scientist at the Met Office Prof Lizzie Kendon, and leading earth scientist specialising in beaver reintroductions Prof Richard Brazier will be joined by creative writing panellists to discuss their respective research, and the possibilities for creative collaboration in order to communicate vital science research on climate change and ecology as our landscapes change.

We’re then excited to be premiering Ellen’s sound walk during our Immersive Listening Event on Saturday 30th April. Drop into Exeter Custom House between 11 am-4 pm to be immersed in Ellen’s story of the river, sitting down or lying on a mat in the Long Room. This is a free experience, with frequent listening slots of approx. 15 minutes.