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Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Life Writing: What You Need to Know with author Tom Cox

In this five week course, Tom Cox, using the experience he has gained as the author of eleven non fiction books, several newspaper columns, one novel and one collection of short stories, will guide you through the inner landscape of life writing. Who are the master life writers, and why? What are the pitfalls of…

Saturday 13 November 11:00 am - Saturday 11 December 1: 00 pm
Workshops and courses

Fiction writing course

Quay Words and Creative Futures

SOLD OUT Want to write stories but not sure how to start and keep going? Or maybe you have got stuck with your writing? Come and join a small, friendly, and supportive group where we will explore free writing and exercises as a way into creating compelling characters and stories that will resonate with your…

Wednesday 3 November 2:00 pm - Wednesday 8 December 4:00 pm

Quay Voices: Nature Writing for Performance with Naomi Westerman

Emerging writers will perform their nature writing for performance works-in-progress alongside Quay Words Summer writer-in-residence Naomi Westerman. All the work performed will have been developed in workshops with Naomi exploring the nature of Exeter Quayside. Come along and support emerging talent through our Quay Voices strand. This event will be live-streamed from Exeter Custom House….

Wednesday 20 October 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Writer event

Pike Ward: a remarkable life

talk by Katherine Findlay and radio producer Jo Loosemore

Pike Ward was an extraordinary Devonian who became a hugely important figure in the history of modern Iceland. His story had been forgotten until his diaries and photographs were discovered by Katherine Findlay in 2016. At this event, Katherine and radio producer and actor Jo Loosemore will give an insight into their project to dramatise…

Wednesday 13 October 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Workshops and courses

The people of the West Quarter - Telling our stories together

Heritage community workshops

These workshops are free and have been designed for Exeter locals and residents to explore their local heritage; they are being led by Jojo Spinks at Interwoven Productions CIC. These sessions run on Wednesday afternoons from 13th October – 10th November 2021, 2 -4 pm. Please note, sessions on 3rd and 10th November will run…

Wednesday 13 October 2:00 pm - Wednesday 10 November 4:00 pm
Free Event

Quay Words National Poetry Day Workshop with Bristol City Poet, Caleb Parkin

Choice, Lack of

Poet Caleb Parkin will lead you through approaches which – on the surface – remove choice (this year’s National Poetry Day theme). Using decks of cards, dice, random word generators and more, we’ll be inspired by a selection of poems on the theme of Choice. Writing in response, we’ll using these tools and toys to…

Wednesday 6 October 3;30 pm - 5;30 pm
Free Event

Quay Words National Poetry Day Cabaret and Open Mic with Caleb Parkin

We will be ushering in National Poetry Day with Poetry Cabaret celebration. Caleb will share poems on this year’s theme of Choice, read from his new collection, This Fruiting Body and invite you to share your own poems or favourite poems you admire. Poems on the theme – however broadly interpreted – are welcomed, or any of…

Wednesday 6 October 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Writer event

Anthony Joseph reads from his novel The Frequency of Magic

Join author, poet and musician Anthony Joseph as he reads from his most recent novel The Frequency of Magic, accompanied by some of the UK’s finest musicians, he will create an enthralling performance of spoken word and improvised jazz. The Frequency of Magic is an experimental, magical realist story about Raphael who earns his living as a…

Wednesday 15 September 6;30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

Quay Words and Poetry Africa present a reading with Rebecca Tantony and Shashi Simelane ‘The Black Sash’

Quay Words is delighted to continue our collaboration with Poetry Africa in Durban South Africa and bring together women writers from the UK and South Africa at our third development day. We’re pleased to be sharing the work of two talented writers, one from South Africa and one from the UK, at this online reading…

Monday 6 September 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

Nature Writing for Performance with Naomi Westerman

Online Group Zoom session

If you’re planning to submit for our Quay Voices: Nature Writing for Performance event with Naomi Westerman, or have been using our Nature Writing for Performance resource, this is your chance to catch up online with Naomi and other writers; connect and get some tips and inspiration for your work. Naomi will be offering advice…

Wednesday 1 September 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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