Check out our programme of events

Free Event

FREE Workshop for teachers and writers

with Wyl Menmuir and The Writers’ Block

Quay Words has teamed up with Cornwall-based The Writers’ Block to explore how the historic Exeter Custom House can inspire and act as a catalyst for creative writing by young people and schools. We’re kicking this off with some free training workshops, offering CPD for teachers and writers. Participants will be given training in The…

Thursday 21 January 09:30 am - 3:00 pm
Workshops and courses

FREE ONLINE poetry and reminiscence workshop

with poet and facilitator Caleb Parkin

Across four free online sessions, we’ll explore the poetry of the elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air. You’ll hear classic elemental poems: the ‘foam and glitter’ of Heaney’s coastline and Robert Frost’s snowy woods. We’ll also hear contemporary poems which are solid, flowing, passionate and gutsy in their gustiness! We encourage you to bring along…

Tuesday 26 January 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Workshops and courses

FREE ONLINE poetry and reminiscence workshop

with poet and facilitator Caleb Parkin

Across four free online sessions, we’ll explore the poetry of the elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air. You’ll hear classic elemental poems: the ‘foam and glitter’ of Heaney’s coastline and Robert Frost’s snowy woods. We’ll also hear contemporary poems which are solid, flowing, passionate and gutsy in their gustiness! We encourage you to bring along…

Tuesday 2 February 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Residency

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
Workshops and courses

FREE ONLINE poetry and reminiscence workshop

with poet and facilitator Caleb Parkin

Across four free online sessions, we’ll explore the poetry of the elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air. You’ll hear classic elemental poems: the ‘foam and glitter’ of Heaney’s coastline and Robert Frost’s snowy woods. We’ll also hear contemporary poems which are solid, flowing, passionate and gutsy in their gustiness! We encourage you to bring along…

Tuesday 9 February 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Residency

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
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
Free Event

FREE Workshop for teachers and writers

with Wyl Menmuir and The Writers’ Block

Quay Words has teamed up with Cornwall-based The Writers’ Block to explore how the historic Exeter Custom House can inspire and act as a catalyst for creative writing by young people and schools. We’re kicking this off with some free training workshops, offering CPD for teachers and writers. Participants will be given training in The…

Wednesday 24 February 9;30 am - 3:00 pm
Free Event

FREE Workshop for teachers and writers

with Wyl Menmuir and The Writers’ Block

Quay Words has teamed up with Cornwall-based The Writers’ Block to explore how the historic Exeter Custom House can inspire and act as a catalyst for creative writing by young people and schools. We’re kicking this off with some free training workshops, offering CPD for teachers and writers. Participants will be given training in The…

Wednesday 3 March 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Writer event

Reading by author and illustrator Tom Mclaughlin

live-streamed from Exeter Custom House and watch from home

Following on from World Book Day we’ll be welcoming Tom Mclaughlin to the Custom House to celebrate with an event that’s suitable for the whole family. Tom McLaughlin is a former political cartoonist turned children’s author and illustrator. His picture books and chapter books have been published all around the world, and have been read…

Saturday 6 March 11:00 - 12:00
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