Quay Words so far...

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
Workshops and courses

Writing Historical Fiction with Fiona Mountain

Quay Words online short writing course

Do you love heritage and history? Are you a budding historical fiction author? Maybe you fancy giving it a go. Maybe you’re well on the way to finishing your first novel. Whatever stage you’re at, this is the course for you. Taking place once a week over five evenings and covering everything from choosing your…

Thursday 6 October 6:30 pm - Thursday 3 November 8.30pm
Free Event

Quay Words and Penned in the Margins present

In Transit by Belinda Zhawi

Experience a new site-specific performance by poet and musician Belinda Zhawi. In Transit will share stories and histories from the River Exe, probing themes of colonialism, migration, industry and the environment. Tracing the movement of tides, and the movement of people, animals and goods, this mesmerising spoken word performance by Zimbabwean-born, London-based Zhawi will blend…

Saturday 17 September 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

Sensory Mapping

A poetry and cartography workshop with Quay Words writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont

Join our summer writer-in-residence in a guided outdoor exploration of Exeter Quay. Sophie invites you to come and create a deeply personal, sensory map of the quayside to add to this space’s wealth of cartographical history.Ditch the compass, the signposts, the landmarks and instead map that mint choc chip ice cream and the nostalgia it…

Wednesday 10 August 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free Event

Found Poetry Workshop

with Quay Words Summer writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont

Join our summer writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont in a guided outdoor workshop.  Seek out words and phrases hidden along the Quayside, and use them to create your own poetry. More information to follow. ****** Sophie Dumont is a poet, copywriter and ex-canoe coach living in Bristol. She is an alumna of Exeter University and her poetry has…

Wednesday 3 August 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Crime Fiction with Martyn Waites

Are you a budding crime fiction author? Maybe you fancy giving it a go. Maybe you’re well on the way to finishing your first novel. Whatever stage you’re at, this is the course for you. Taking place once a week over five evenings and covering narrative structure, characterisation, themes, dialogue, atmosphere this course will explore…

Thursday 14 July 6;30 pm - Thursday 18 August 8:30 pm
Writer event

Quay Words presents Wyl Menmuir – The Draw of the Sea Book launch

Join award-winning writer, Wyl Menmuir and Quay Words for the Exeter launch of his book, The Draw of The Sea. In his first foray into non-fiction, Booker Prize nominated author Wyl Menmuir examines the lives of people whose worlds are inextricably shaped by sea. In thirteen interlinked chapters of beautifully-written prose, Wyl investigates what it…

Wednesday 13 July 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

The Poetry Machine at Exeter Custom House

The Poetry Machine: Heart-fizzing poetry inventions made especially for you!  Poet, Beth Calverley, will be joining us at Quay Words with her word-whirring Poetry Machine. This is your chance to experience poetry, created in response to your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and discoveries.  Pop by the Custom House between 11 am and 3 pm to co-create…

Saturday 28 May 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free Event

The Poetry Machine at Exeter Custom House

The Poetry Machine: Heart-fizzing poetry inventions made especially for you!  Poet, Beth Calverley, will be joining us at Quay Words with her word-whirring Poetry Machine. This is your chance to experience poetry, created in response to your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and discoveries.  Pop by the Custom House between 2 pm and 5 pm to co-create…

Thursday 26 May 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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