Quay Words so far...

Writer event

Quay Words presents Joelle Taylor

The Night Alphabet

This June we welcome Joelle Taylor to the Custom House, for a reading from her debut novel The Night Alphabet followed by a Q&A. ‘The Night Alphabet is a glorious jewel of a novel, rich with language and story, that glows in your mind’s eye long after you have set it down. Taylor manages to combine her…

Wednesday 12 June 1830 - 1930
Free Event

Your Local Arena

Caroline 199: A Pirate’s Tale

Free film screening in the Transit Shed – no booking required In this age of countless online and digital radio stations, it’s almost impossible to imagine a time when pop music was rarely on air. But back in the early 1960s, the only station available was the old-fashioned, post-war BBC – until pirate radio burst…

Saturday 8 June 1800 - 2000
Workshops and courses

Exeter Poetry Stanza at Quay Words

We’re pleased to host the Exeter Poetry Editing Stanza for in person meetings at Quay Words during our seasons. The sessions are led by local poet Sarah Acton and are a chance to bring poems you’re working on along for peer feedback. For every session each poet brings along one poem for critique (with 6-8…

Tuesday 28 May 1100 - 1300
Writer event

Quay Words presents Monique Roffey

Passiontide

We’re thrilled to welcome Monique Roffey (The Mermaid of Black Conch) back to the Custom House, after her time as writer-in-residence. She’ll be reading from her new novel Passiontide, ahead of its publication in June, so this evening promises to be an exclusive preview of the eagerly awaited new book, and a chance to ask Monique…

Wednesday 22 May 1830 - 1930
Writer event

Quay Voices

Claire Fuller

We’re thrilled to welcome prize-winning novelist Claire Fuller to the Custom House. Claire will be reading from a selection of her work including her latest novel The Memory of Animals. She’ll be supported on stage by a handful of talented emerging writers who will be taking part in our three-day intensive Hothouse workshop, come along to enjoy new voices reading…

Saturday 27 April 1830 - 1930
Workshops and courses

Hothouse: Crafting Characters with Claire Fuller

The submissions window to be part of this year’s Hothouse has now closed. Applicants will be notified if they have been allocated a place by Thursday 21st March. To see Claire Fuller and some of the selected writers reading their work, book a ticket for Quay Voices (Saturday 27th April). 26th, 27th and 28th April,…

Friday 26 April 1100 - Sunday 28 April 1700
Workshops and courses

Exeter Poetry Stanza at Quay Words

We’re pleased to host the Exeter Poetry Editing Stanza for in person meetings at Quay Words during our seasons. The sessions are led by local poet Sarah Acton and are a chance to bring poems you’re working on along for peer feedback. For every session each poet brings along one poem for critique (with 6-8…

Tuesday 23 April 1100 - 1300
Writer event

Quay Words presents

Exploring Heritage with Olive Olusegun and Billy Kahora

A collaborative event between our two writers-in-residence Olive and Billy will perform and read from their work, followed by a conversation and Q&A to discuss shared themes that have arisen during their time in residence at Exeter Custom House. They will explore the season theme of heritage in relation to their work, the individual, and wider…

Sunday 24 March 1830 - 2000
Workshops and courses

Writing Voice

Enhancing Speech Forms in Your Work

Speech and verbal forms are often an under-appreciated aspect of creative writing and sacrificed for formal written register. In this workshop Billy Kahora discusses strategies to enhance the sense of the spoken in your fiction to anchor it in the specific rhythms of place and setting. About the author Billy Kahora has written a non-fiction…

Saturday 9 March 1400 - 1600
Writer event

Quay Words presents Fiona Williams in conversation with Davina Quinlivan

The House of Broken Bricks

We’re thrilled to welcome Fiona to the Custom House to celebrate the launch of her debut novel The House of Broken Bricks. Fiona will read from her novel, followed by a Q&A chaired by memoirist and past writer-in-residence Davina Quinlivan. Lyrical and powerful –  a tender debut about family, loss and life in the countryside….

Wednesday 7 February 1830 - 1930
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