Literature Works is delighted to announce a writer-in-residence opportunity at Exeter Custom House as part of the Quay Words ongoing live literature programme. 

We are seeking to appoint a writer, storyteller, spoken word artist or other wordsmith to be in residence for the calendar month of July 2024 for the equivalent of at least one day per week during that time.   The selected writer will be engaged by Literature Works on a contractor/freelance basis as writer-in-residence for the term. 

For all the information on how to apply, download our recruitment pack.


The season theme of ‘Vessels’ 

The theme for Quay Words Summer 2024 is ‘Vessels’. We’re interested in multiple interpretations of the word as it relates to the Quayside’s past, present and your own work. There is the maritime connection of the vessels that visited the Quayside carrying goods in the past, and the current return of watercraft in the present day due to the Quayside’s new Heritage Harbour designation. There are the vessels that held the goods traded through the Custom House, from barrels, to amphora, chests, and pots. Finally, there are the inhabitants of the city, connected to the theme as vessels for the ideas and emotions of their time.  

Residency package 

We offer an inclusive fee for the Residency of £1,000 to include the delivery of the public-facing events.  We will encourage our writer to find time to develop their own work at the Custom House and we invite them to spend as much time on site as they wish.  We will provide a private writing space in the building for the duration of the residency. 

Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Sunday 24th March 

Candidates selected for interview will be notified on Thursday 28th March  

Interviews will take place at Exeter Custom House on Thursday 4th April