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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
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Children’s Fiction with Jane Elson

Online via Zoom Saturdays 29th October – 26th November, 11.30 am – 1.30 pm.  £100 full/ £50 concession Write your own brand of middle-grade fiction with children’s author Jane Elson. In this five-week course, Jane will lead you through creative games and exercises to feed your imagination. The course will explore how to build characters,…

Saturday 29 October 11:30 am - Saturday 26 November 1:30 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words & Arvon Live: Life-Writing Day

A day of Masterclasses and conversation with memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main Do you have a life writing project that needs attention? Perhaps you need some technical help, are nervous about committing life to the page, or curious about navigating the industry in general? Join bestselling writer Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main for an intensive…

Saturday 29 October 10 am - 4.45pm
Free Event

Fiona Benson and Kat Lyons: Poetry of Bodies, Change, and Resilience

A collaboration between Quay Words and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health In the first of our public events from The Health & Resilience Project, we welcome poets Fiona Benson and Kat Lyons to Exeter Custom House where they will treat us to readings from their recent works, followed by a Q&A…

Wednesday 19 October 6:30 pm - 7.45pm
Writer event

Quay Words in conversation with Greta Stoddart

launching her new collection Fool

Greta Stoddart will launch her new collection Fool, followed by a conversation with the Literature Works team. When knowledge is ours at the tap of a key, what is it we’re accumulating, and is it at the expense of another, more intuitive, kind of knowing? The word ‘fool’ derives from the Latin follis, one of…

Wednesday 12 October 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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