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Free Event

Quay Words National Poetry Day Workshop with Bristol City Poet, Caleb Parkin

Choice, Lack of

Poet Caleb Parkin will lead you through approaches which – on the surface – remove choice (this year’s National Poetry Day theme). Using decks of cards, dice, random word generators and more, we’ll be inspired by a selection of poems on the theme of Choice. Writing in response, we’ll using these tools and toys to…

Wednesday 6 October 3;30 pm - 5;30 pm
Free Event

Quay Words National Poetry Day Cabaret and Open Mic with Caleb Parkin

We will be ushering in National Poetry Day with Poetry Cabaret celebration. Caleb will share poems on this year’s theme of Choice, read from his new collection, This Fruiting Body and invite you to share your own poems or favourite poems you admire. Poems on the theme – however broadly interpreted – are welcomed, or any of…

Wednesday 6 October 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Workshops and courses

The people of the West Quarter - Telling our stories together

Heritage community workshops

These workshops are free and have been designed for Exeter locals and residents to explore their local heritage; they are being led by Jojo Spinks at Interwoven Productions CIC. These sessions run on Wednesday afternoons from 13th October – 10th November 2021, between 2 – 4 pm.  PLEASE NOTE: We are intending for these workshops…

Wednesday 13 October 2:00 pm - Wednesday 10 November 4:00 pm
Writer event

Pike Ward: a remarkable life

talk by Katherine Findlay and writer and actor Edward Rowe

Pike Ward was an extraordinary Devonian who became a hugely important figure in the history of modern Iceland. His story had been forgotten until his diaries and photographs were discovered by Katherine Findlay in 2016. At this event, Katherine and Westcountry writer and actor Edward Rowe will give an insight into their project to dramatise…

Wednesday 13 October 6;30 pm - 8:00 pm

Quay Voices: Nature Writing for Performance with Naomi Westerman

Emerging writers will perform their nature writing for performance works-in-progress alongside Quay Words Summer writer-in-residence Naomi Westerman. All the work performed will have been developed in workshops with Naomi exploring the nature of Exeter Quayside. Come along and support emerging talent through our Quay Voices strand. This event will be live-streamed from Exeter Custom House….

Wednesday 20 October 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Workshops and courses

Fiction writing course

Quay Words and Creative Futures

Want to write stories but not sure how to start and keep going? Or maybe you have got stuck with your writing? Come and join a small, friendly, and supportive group where we will explore free writing and exercises as a way into creating compelling characters and stories that will resonate with your readers. Open…

Wednesday 3 November 2:00 pm - Wednesday 8 December 4:00 pm
Writer event

Brown Baby: an exploration of personal heritage and identity

with Nikesh Shukla

Join us as acclaimed novelist and writer Nikesh Shukla explores themes of personal heritage and identity in his memoir, Brown Baby. More details about this event will be released soon – book now! **** Nikesh Shukla is a novelist, short story writer, editor, film writer and has written for the Guardian, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC…

Friday 12 November 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Workshops and courses

Masterclass: Memoir Writing with Nikesh Shukla

In this three-hour masterclass you will have the chance to dive into memoir writing with author Nikesh Shukla. This masterclass will explore techniques to address personal heritage and identity in your writing. Nikesh’s recent memoir Brown Baby has been described as ‘fizzing with humanity, life and light’, written addressed to his daughter, Brown Baby explores…

Saturday 13 November 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Writer event

Andy Brown & Marc Woodward ‘The Tin Lodes & Grace Notes’

Andy Brown is professor of English, Creative Writing and Poetry at Exeter University and an internationally known poet with many published collections. He is a also a gifted songwriter and musician. Marc Woodward is a widely published poet as well as a highly regarded musician who has performed and taught internationally. They recently collaborated on The…

Wednesday 1 December 6:30 pm - 7: 30 pm
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