Saturday 7 May 11:00 am - Saturday 4 June 1:00 pm

Exeter Custom House, with its setting on the quayside by the River Exe, overlooked by the wild landscape of Dartmoor, is the perfect place to discover real and imagined natural worlds.

On this course spread over five weeks, you will embark on outer and inner journeys, finding fresh ways to write about the places and themes that haunt your imagination. Pascale will bring binoculars, magnifying glasses, animal myths, and field-guides. Using exercises and games, she will show how poems can arrive from reading other poems, looking at the natural world, art, myth or from playing with images and language. At least one session will be outdoors, where we will track poems along the River Exe. We will capture our poems as though they were creatures which have a life of their own, beyond our knowledge. Bring a passion for nature and a love of poetry. By the end of the course, you will have created a personal menagerie, written during fieldwork, workshops, and with the aid of inspiring wildlife poems.

The course will on Saturdays between 11 am and 1 pm as follows:

7th May 2022
14th May 2022
21st May 2022
28th May 2022
4th June 2022


£100 full price
£50 concessions – find out more about the concessions we offer here.

We are offering one bursary place for this course, which is available by application only (to and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. The bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need not writing ability. You can find out about how to apply for a bursary here. We can accommodate free tickets for carers or personal assistants if needed. Please email us on after booking to let us know if you would like to book one of these tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: We are intending for this course to take place in-person at Exeter Custom House. We will be monitoring the latest Government guidance and following social distancing guidelines at the time of the course.