We’re pleased to announce that our season theme this October and November is nature.

For our writer residency we’ll be teaming up with the fantastic Little Toller Books, and welcoming author William Henry Searle to Exeter Custom House to be in-residence for the season.

Will’s new nature memoir Elowen is out now with Little Toller.

Whilst in residence Will will explore the natural surroundings of the Quay and Custom House, and will lead walks along the Exe. He’ll be using his workshops to explore our emotional ties to the natural world, whether through our relationships, memories, dreams, our childhood or family, and how that colours our experiences of place and nature.

About the Author

William Henry Searle is the critically acclaimed author of Lungs of the Earth and Threads. Having worked as a labourer, lecturer, mountain guide and manager of a hostel in Snowdonia, William now lives with his wife, son and two collies in Cornwall.


Sunday 15 October 2pm-4pm • Introduction to Nature Writing
An accessible walk around the quayside to gather inspiration followed by a introductory workshop at Exeter Custom House.  

Saturday 11 November 3pm – Sunday 12 November 4pm • Dawn to Dusk nature writing weekend
Bookended by the sunset and sunrise, writer-in-residence William Henry Searle will guide participants on a reflective weekend workshop.

Thursday 23 November 6.30pm-7.30pm • Elowen reading and Q&A (cancelled)