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Introduction to Nature Writing with Writer-in-residence William Henry Searle

Quayside Walk and Creative Writing Workshop  Join writer-in-residence William Henry Searle for an introductory nature writing workshop. The workshop will start with an accessible walk around the quayside to gather inspiration followed by a workshop at Exeter Custom House.   This workshop is perfect for beginners to the form or for people who are looking to…

Sunday 15 October 1400 - 1600
Writer event

Quay Words presents A.K. Blakemore

The Glutton

We’re pleased to welcome A.K. Blakemore to the Custom House to celebrate the launch of her new book The Glutton, with reading and Q&A. Sister Perpetue is not to move. She is not to fall asleep. She is to sit, keeping guard over the patient’s room. She has heard the stories of his hunger, which…

Wednesday 11 October 1830 - 1930
Free Event

Quay Words presents

The People of the West Quarter: The Working Class histories of the Quay

“When we looked out our bedroom window, there was Pearce rag stores, with all the rabbit skins hanging in the window.  If I had a stick I could have poked them!” The People of the Quarter lived cheek by jowl with the industries of the river and Quay. JoJo Spinks dives into their testimony in…

Wednesday 13 September 18:30 - 1930
Free Event

Commotion on the Ocean – storytelling from Clive PiG

Get ready for Commotion on the Ocean! Stories from the seven seas to be taken with a pinch of salt told by Globetrotting Storyteller Clive PiG. Clive will be telling tales over three slots, the event is free, and no booking is needed, just turn up! This free event is part of a season of…

Wednesday 26 July 11:00 - 11:50, 12:00-12.50, 13:00-13:50
Workshops and courses

Tanka Poems and Paper Boats workshop

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,…

Wednesday 26 July 2.30pm - 5pm
Free Event

The Sweetshop of Words

An interactive performance/installation piece created by Sally Crabtree This counter of conceptual confectionary will offer each member of the public a small gold coin which you can spend on just one thing. The Sweetshop of Words explores the notion of choice in our lives. “Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless” as Goethe…

Saturday 22 July 11:00 - 17:00
Workshops and courses

Poetry Surgeries with Ella Frears

Sessions offered: 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm Do you have a single poem, work in progress, that you’re looking for expert insight on? These poetry surgeries are a chance to gain detailed feedback on one poem from award-winning poet Ella Frears. You will be asked to supply your poem (one side of A4 maximum)…

Saturday 22 July 1100 - 1730
Workshops and courses

‘Beyond Description’ Poetry Workshop

Explore Exeter’s 17th Century Custom House with writer-in-residence Kim Squirrell Are you interested in experimenting with ekphrastic writing? This workshop led by poet Kim Squirrell is an opportunity to explore innovative approaches and exercises for poetry writing in response to the Custom House’s objects, images and archives. Inspired by Dr Sally Flint’s research on ekphrastic…

Thursday 13 July 1800 - 2000
Writer event

Natasha Carthew: Undercurrent

We’re thrilled to welcome Natasha Carthew back to the Custom House after her time as writer-in-residence in 2020. Natasha will be reading from her new memoir, Undercurrent: A Cornish Memoir of Poverty, Nature and Resilience, followed by a Q&A chaired by Sophie Pierce. You can also ‘save a seat’ to watch the live stream from…

Wednesday 12 July 6:30 - 7:30
Writer event

Quay Words presents Kim Sherwood

A Wild & True Relation

We’re excited to welcome the award-winning novelist Kim Sherwood to Exeter Custom House for a reading and Q & A about her latest novel A Wild & True Relation. Combining smuggling and literary history, the novel is a perfect fit for our Custom House venue and this event will be kicking off the Quayside’s first Heritage Harbour festival….

Wednesday 24 May 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
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