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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
Writer event

The White Bear King

storytelling and music by Sally Pomme Clayton and Helen Chadwick

In association with Artemis Storytelling The White Bear King is the perfect wintery romance. Storyteller and writer Sally Pomme Clayton and singer and composer Helen Chadwick weave together words and songs, images and sounds, to conjure the eternal quest for love.  They take you on a snowy journey through a dark, Scandinavian fairytale with a…

Saturday 17 December 6:30 pm - 7.45pm

Narrative Non-Fiction Workshop with Quay Words writer-in-residence Alice Albinia

Autumn writer-in-residence Alice Albinia will teach this workshop on narrative non-fiction. Drawing on the season theme of ‘heritage’, Alice will explore with participants how the writing of memoir, life writing or history can become expansive and novelistic. About Alice  Alice Albinia is the award-winning author of twinned works of fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction book Empires of…

Sunday 4 December 11:00 am - 13:00 pm

In conversation with Quay Words Writer-in-Residence Alice Albinia

Our current writer-in-residence Alice Albinia will read from her recent novel Cwen and her upcoming non-fiction work The Britannias, followed by a conversation and Q&A  chaired by Beth Howell, Collections & Research Assistant at the Devon and Exeter Institution and PhD Candidate at University of Exeter. You can also save a seat here to watch…

Sunday 4 December 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Zenae Film Screening

with Islands of Women Collective and Piers Lewin/ Full of Noises

The Islands of Women Collective — writer-in-residence Alice, artists Rose Gibbs and Léonie Hampton — collaborated with musician Piers Lewin (Full of Noises) on a short art film, Zenae, edited by Martin Hampton with sound editing by Sam Britton. The film winds together, among other things, Piers’ music, with quotations and research from Alice’s books. Here they screen Zenae, the fruit of…

Sunday 4 December 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

Poetry for Wellbeing with Harula Ladd

Part of the Health and Resilience Project Join us for a workshop focused on creativity and wellbeing with poet and performer Harula Ladd. Harula will lead you through creative exercises, and support you to write poetry during this 3-hour workshop. We’ll be thinking about themes of health, wellbeing and resilience in our writing as well…

Wednesday 23 November 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writer event

Quay Words presents Anthony Joseph

reading from his latest collection Sonnets for Albert

We’re pleased to welcome Anthony Joseph back to Quay Words after his fantastic outdoor set in 2021. Anthony will be reading from his new poetry collection Sonnets for Albert. SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION 2022 With Sonnets for Albert, Anthony Joseph returns to the autobiographical material explored in his earlier collection Bird Head Son….

Wednesday 9 November 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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