Check out our programme of events

Workshops and courses

The Trance of Nature: a Poetry Course

run by Pascale Petit

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…

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

The Poetry Machine at Exeter Custom House

The Poetry Machine: Heart-fizzing poetry inventions made especially for you!  Poet, Beth Calverley, will be joining us at Quay Words with her word-whirring Poetry Machine. This is your chance to experience poetry, created in response to your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and discoveries.  Pop by the Custom House between 11 am and 3 pm to co-create…

Saturday 21 May 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writer event

Quay Words and Honeyscribe present The Poetics of Clay

A conversation with Jane Pugh, writer and Phoebe Cummings, artist

A conversation with Jane Pugh, writer and Phoebe Cummings, artist. Join us for a fascinating discussion between two creatives, writer Jane Pugh and ceramic artist Phoebe Cummings, who will delve into the significance of clay and its influences on their recent work. They will discuss their shared practice of making site-specific work that responds to…

Wednesday 25 May 6:30 pm - 7: 30 pm
Free Event

The Poetry Machine at Exeter Custom House

The Poetry Machine: Heart-fizzing poetry inventions made especially for you!  Poet, Beth Calverley, will be joining us at Quay Words with her word-whirring Poetry Machine. This is your chance to experience poetry, created in response to your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and discoveries.  Pop by the Custom House between 2 pm and 5 pm to co-create…

Thursday 26 May 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free Event

The Poetry Machine at Exeter Custom House

The Poetry Machine: Heart-fizzing poetry inventions made especially for you!  Poet, Beth Calverley, will be joining us at Quay Words with her word-whirring Poetry Machine. This is your chance to experience poetry, created in response to your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and discoveries.  Pop by the Custom House between 11 am and 3 pm to co-create…

Saturday 28 May 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Children’s Fiction with Jane Elson

Online via Zoom Saturdays 4th June – 2nd July, 11 am-1 pm £100 full/ £50 concession Write your own brand of middle-grade fiction with children’s author Jane Elson. In this five-week course, Jane will lead you through creative games and exercises to feed your imagination. The course will explore how to build characters, ways of…

Saturday 4 June 11:00 am - Saturday 2 July 1:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words, Arvon and Mothership Writers present Writing Motherhood: Inspiration Session

Bring some creative inspiration to your summer, with a special writing workshop for mums with babies under one run by Emylia Hall. Through lively and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll explore your experience of new motherhood, gain confidence in writing, and harness the power of your own voice. With a maximum of ten participants – and babies!…

Saturday 2 July 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Writer event

Quay Words presents Wyl Menmuir – The Draw of the Sea Book launch

Join award-winning writer, Wyl Menmuir and Quay Words for the Exeter launch of his book, The Draw of The Sea. In his first foray into non-fiction, Booker Prize nominated author Wyl Menmuir examines the lives of people whose worlds are inextricably shaped by sea. In thirteen interlinked chapters of beautifully-written prose, Wyl investigates what it…

Wednesday 13 July 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm