Quay Words is pleased to announce Sophie Dumont as our writer-in-residence at Exeter Custom House in July.

The summer season theme is ‘Maritime’. Sophie will be exploring and researching Exeter’s maritime past, and contrasting how the Quay is used today. She will be digging out maps and charts from the city’s archives and taking inspiration from people still using watercraft on the river. She will be running a free Found Poetry workshop on Thursday 21st July 6pm-8pm. Participants will collect words whilst walking around the Quayside area to create their own poems, book here to join in.

Sophie writes:
“I’m incredibly excited and honoured to be Writer-in-Residence at Exeter Custom House this summer. I hope to explore an emotional cartography of Exeter – a city I inhabited as a student and which is to blame for my love affair with poetry. I can’t wait to map-make with Exeter’s communities. I’m eager to dive into archives and local stories of maritime history and build a rich pool of material to splash about in.”
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About Sophie

Sophie Dumont is a poet, copywriter and ex-canoe coach living in Bristol. She is an alumna of Exeter University and her poetry has been published widely, including in The Rialto. Sophie won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize 2021, came 3rd in this year’s Magma Poetry Competition and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize twice.

Sophie’s poetry is anchored in themes of urban waterways as she explores her relationship to bodies of water and what the river can carry. Sophie completed a Creative Writing MA at Bath Spa and was awarded a poetry residency along Bristol Harbourside through Boat Poets. She’s written three immersive productions for Riptide, a Leeds-based theatre company. The latest production, SONDER, is an app experience using GPS satellite navigation and a 360° binaural sound walk along the river Aire in Leeds. Her website is sophiedumont.co.uk.

Photo: Paul Blakemore

Upcoming events

FREE Found Poetry workshop, 21st July, 6 – 8 pm. Book here.