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Writer event

Patrick Gale Takes Nothing with Him

Patrick Gale, Cornish novelist and author of the International Emmy-winning Man in an Orange Shirt, talks about and reads from his latest bestseller, Take Nothing With You, a sad-funny comedy of resilience and survival. Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He studied at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. In…

Thursday 25 July 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free Event

Meet the writer-in-residence: Louisa Adjoa Parker at Exeter Custom House

Louisa will be at the Custom House from 1-3 pm on Thursday afternoons throughout July, available to meet with members of the public and talk about the work she is developing there. This event is drop in.

Thursday 25 July 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free Event


Structuring Plays

This event is a partnership with Papatango. This workshop will explore how theatrical stories can be structured, to develop an understanding of what makes a script work on stage and the relationship between narrative and form. The multi-award-winning Papatango run free opportunities to launch new playwrights, who have gone on to win BAFTA, OffWestEnd, Royal…

Monday 22 July 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Prose fiction and film scripts

One-to-one writers’ surgeries with Sam North

These bespoke, one-to- one sessions are for writers who have work in progress and have already begun their writer development journey. Sessions will be bookable for the following time slots: 10 – 11 am  11.30 am – 12.30 pm  1 – 2 pm  2.30 – 3.30 pm 4 -5 pm  ***** Places for these one-to-one…

Sunday 21 July 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free Event

Writing workshop with writer-in-residence Louisa Adjoa Parker

Immersive Place Writing Workshop with Louisa Adjoa Parker 21st July   How can we portray place through our writing or use place and nature to inspire us? How can we link the past and present? Where do our stories fit with others? Quay Words writer-in-residence Louisa Adjoa Parker is running a creative writing session with…

Sunday 21 July 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Word Factory masterclass with David Constantine

In a day of interlinked short-story events, the UK’s leading short story organisation, the Word Factory will show you how to make maximum impact with your fiction, share fun and insight at our short story club and explore new literary worlds at an evening salon with some of the UK’s finest writers. Concessions are available,…

Saturday 20 July 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free Event

Word Factory Short Story Club

A chance to sit, read and discuss a short story in a quiet corner of the Custom House. Hosted by writer and Word Factory founder Cathy Galvin and limited to 25 places. You will be sent a story by Carys Davies published by the Guillemot Factory to explore on the day. Book early to secure your place….

Saturday 20 July 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writer event

Word Factory Salon

Due to circumstance beyond our control, we have had to cancel this event.    

Saturday 20 July 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An evening of Icelandic Noir

Johann Thorsson, international writer in residence at Exeter Custom House. Johann Thorsson is an author from Reykjavik, Iceland who is visiting Exeter for a short residency, funded by the British Council. His residency helps us revive in a writerly fashion those international links which the Custom House once presided over at the peak of Exeter’s…

Friday 19 July 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Writer event

Massive Attack: Out of the Comfort Zone

Melissa Chemam’s book Out of the Comfort Zone follows the journey of the band Massive Attack into art and music. It retraces how the history of their city, Bristol, shaped their unique sound and multicultural innovations. It then studies how the emergency of the band helped Bristol’s entire underground scene to emerge. Melissa will be in conversation…

Thursday 18 July 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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