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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
Writer event

Quay Words presents John Wedgwood Clarke

Boy Thing Collection Launch

We’re thrilled to welcome John Wedgwood Clarke back to the Custom House for the launch of his new collection Boy Thing. John will read from his latest work, followed by a Q&A chaired by Fiona Benson. Praise for Boy Thing “Boy Thing is a thing of wonder. These are poems that negotiate anew the tender, hurt territory…

Wednesday 10 May 6:30 - 7:30
Writer event

Quay Voices with Andrew Miller

We’re thrilled to welcome prize-winning novelist Andrew Miller to the Custom House. Andrew will be reading from his work including his latest novel The Slowworm’s Song. He’ll also be supported on stage by a handful of talented emerging writers who will be taking part in our three-day intensive Hothouse workshop. Over the busy three days Andrew will be…

Saturday 22 April 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Hothouse: crafting new fiction with Andrew Miller

A three-day course for writers of fiction Do you have a big idea that you are looking for time and support to nurture? Have you started writing your novel but are looking for inspiration to take the next steps? This selected, intensive weekend of workshopping is designed for you. Join award-winning novelist Andrew Miller over…

Friday 21 April 11:00 am - Sunday 23 April 5:00pm
Free Event

'The Secret Life of Objects'

with Davina Quinlivan, Noreen Masud and William Henry Searle

Join us and Quay Words writer-in-residence Davina Quinlivan at Exeter Custom House for an unique literary salon event with Noreen Masud and William Henry Searle on stories of place and finding profound narrative ‘threads’ through objects, puppetry and the everyday. During our Threads season this March and April we’ll be delving into text and the textile, pulling…

Wednesday 5 April 6.30 pm - 7.45 pm
Free Event


Creative writing workshop with writer-in-residence Davina Quinlivan

You’re invited to bring along a piece of fabric or clothing that has personal significance to you for this workshop. Davina will then use this as a jumping-off point to inspire participants to try out creative writing techniques, and then lead the group to create a long form piece of poetry written in collaboration. We…

Saturday 18 March 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
Writer event

Patch Work: A Life Amongst Clothes

Quay Words in conversation with Claire Wilcox

We’re thrilled to welcome Claire Wilcox to Quay Words to discuss her book Patch Work for our Threads season. Throughout March and April we’ll be delving into text and the textile, pulling at the threads of Exeter Custom House’s history of fabric trade and its relevance today. Claire Wilcox has been a curator of fashion at the Victoria…

Wednesday 8 March 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Writer event

Quay Words presents Roger Robinson and Johny Pitts

Home Is Not A Place

Join us at Quay Words to welcome acclaimed poet Roger Robinson and award-winning author and photographer Johny Pitts as they ask: What is it like to be black in Britain today, particularly if you live outside of the urban, metropolitan centres? Roger and Johny joined forces to explore this issue in their stunning new book, Home Is…

Tuesday 7 February 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Workshops and courses

Eco-Poetry Workshop with Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Join acclaimed poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett for an eco-poetry workshop at Exeter Custom House. Expect a nourishing take on writing in the rhythms of nature ahead of the Sunday full moon. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is an author and academic whose creative and critical work has a largely environmental focus. Publications include poetry collections Of Sea (2021) and…

Saturday 4 February 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
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