Quay Words was delighted to welcome Costa Book of the Year 2020 winner, Monique Roffey, to Exeter as our writer-in-residence during April to close the Quay Words Spring ‘Exploration’ season at Exeter Custom House.

As part of her residency for Quay Words, Monique read from The Mermaid of Black Conch and worked with 10 lucky emerging writers over four days of ‘hot-house’ workshops, aimed at readying them for publication.
Monique Roffey is an award winning Trinidadian born British writer of novels, essays, literary journalism and a memoir. Her most recent novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch, (Peepal Tree Press) won the Costa Book of the Year Award, 2020 and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize, 2020 and also the Rathbones/Folio Award 2021. Her other Caribbean novels, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle and House of Ashes have been nominated for major awards (Costa, Orange, Encore etc). Archipelago won the OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013.