Check out our programme of events

Residency

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
Workshops and courses

'How to write good poems and get them published' with Jonathan Davidson

online short writing course

This five-week short course offers guidance in crafting poems that really connect with readers alongside advice and insight into the poetry sector and how to get published. Led by the experienced poet Jonathan Davidson, who has spent many years advising writers on sustaining their creative careers, there will be opportunities to sharpen-up existing poems, write…

Saturday 7 November 11:00 am - Saturday 5 December 1:00 pm
Workshops and courses

'Meet the Editor' - poet and publisher Anthony Anaxagorou

An online Masterclass offering professional and creative development insights for writers who are already working seriously at their craft

In this masterclass participants will be given advice on some of the best ways to have their poetry read and seen. This will include thinking about magazine submissions, live readings (including open mics), as well as competitions and prizes. Anthony will also discuss things to consider when approaching a publishing house, the pros and cons…

Saturday 7 November 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Residency

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
Residency

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 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 25 November 09:30 am - 3:00 pm
Residency

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 Event

FREE 'Why Football is good for Exeter'

with Exeter City Supporters Trust, sports writer David Goldblatt & Rob Casey, Bard of Exeter City FC

Quay Words is joined by Exeter City Supporters Trust and sports writer David Goldblatt to discuss the importance of Exeter City FC being a supporter owned football club. Join us for a discussion on the importance of democratic ownership in sport, how communities can be involved with their club and how football supports the wellbeing…

Wednesday 9 December 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