Events: Residency


In Conversation with Tolu Agbelusi, Quay Words and Libraries Unlimited Writer-in-Residence

Join us for an evening with our Quay Words/ Libraries Unlimited Writer-In- Residence Tolu Agbelusi as she shares from her new poetry collection Locating Strongwoman, followed by an in conversation with the host organisations during which Tolu will discuss her work and reflect on what she hopes to achieve during her residency. There will also be an…

Friday 19 February 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Choose your own adventure: FREE online writing activity with Quay Words/ English PEN international writer-in-residence, Efemia Chela

Calling all brave heroes. Are you up for an adventure? Quay Words and international writer-in-residence, Efemia Chela, present a choose your own adventure creative writing experience. It’s October 1806 and Akuba is an enslaved woman, a cook in Lord Hawkins’ household, down the road from the Exeter Custom House. On one fateful day, running errands…

Monday 15 February - Thursday 25 February

Online short fiction workshop

with Quay Words/ English PEN international writer-in-residence, Efemia Chela

Quay Words and Efemia Chela present a free two hour creative writing workshop for writers. The goal of the workshop is to help you build confidence as a writer and strengthen your ability to adapt to different creative premises. During the workshop you will be freewriting, playing around with genre and using existing African stories…

Saturday 6 February 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

FREE: Quay Voices 'Beginnings and first chapters'

hosted by Quay Word Autumn writer-in-residence, Patrick Gale

Emerging writers read from their first few pages of their work-in-progress, hosted by Quay Words Autumn writer-in-residence, Patrick Gale. This event will take place online via Crowdcast, live streamed from Exeter Custom House.

Wednesday 2 December 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

FREE: 'Writing, creativity and therapy'

with Salley Vickers hosted by Quay Words Autumn writer-in-residence, Patrick Gale

Readings and conversations about writing, mental health and creativity from two well-known and much-loved novelists.  A treat for writers, readers and anyone with an interest in the workings of our creative mind. You can purchase a copy of Salley Vickers’ latest novel, Grandmothers here and Patrick Gale’s latest novel, Take Nothing With You, here. This event will…

Wednesday 18 November 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

FREE: 'Patrick Gale is perfectly well but...'

Author event with Patrick Gale

Quay Words Autumn writer-in-residence Patrick Gale will read from his work and talk about depictions of mental illness in his novels. He will discuss the challenge of conveying extremes of depression, mania and Alzheimer’s disease in fiction. You can purchase a copy of Patrick Gale’s latest novel, Take Nothing With You, here. This event will take place…

Wednesday 11 November 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

FREE: 'Reading and wellbeing'

with Ella Berthoud, hosted by Quay Words Autumn writer-in-residence, Patrick Gale

Well-known bibliotherapist and writer, Ella Berthoud, in conversation with Quay Words Autumn writer-in-residence, Patrick Gale about our reading lives and why reading is good for us.  Expect tips, examples and sheer reading bliss. You can purchase a copy of 30 Second Literature; The 50 most important forms, genres and styles, each explained in half a minute by…

Wednesday 21 October 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free Event

Quay Voices: solving the Locked Door Mystery:

A FREE evening of readings and conversation with Exeter digital writer-in-residence, Martyn Waites and nine talented writers

Join us for an evening of readings that will solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of Exeter Custom House…. Over the course of a week in July, nine talented writers were challenged to solve Exeter digital writer-in-residence Martyn Waites’ Locked Door Mystery’…. It is 1847 and Mr Jackson Whitburn, Wharfinger at Exeter…

Wednesday 5 August 6;00 pm - 7;30 pm
Free Event

Join us for this FREE event:

In conversation with Tjawangwa Dema: Quay Words Summer digital writer-in-residence

Join us as we present an evening with Quay Words Summer digital writer-in-residence, Tjawangwa Dema. TJ will share her work with us, reading from her collection, the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets winning, The Careless Seamstress as well as sharing some of her spoken word poetry. The evening will close with an in…

Wednesday 12 August 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free Event

Meet the writer-in-residence:

FREE online one-to-one sessions with Quay Words Summer writer-in-residence, Tjawangwa Dema

Come meet our digital writer-in-residence, poet Tjawangwa Dema. As a way to mediate lockdown restrictions these will be free, bookable 20 minute sessions held online on Thursdays. Please bring at least one question or comment, or a piece of writing you’d like to discuss (either your own or another’s). These are not workshops, interviews or…

Thursday 6 August 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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