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Writer event

Quay Words presents a reading by Patrick Gale

We’re thrilled to welcome former writer-in-residence Patrick Gale back to Exeter Custom House. Patrick will be reading from his soon to-be-released next novel Mother’s Boy, and discussing his research into Charles Causley as well as his work in general. Mother’ Boy will be available to pre-order at the event and Patrick will be signing book plates. You can…

Wednesday 9 February 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Writer event

Quay Words presents Professor Peter Stott in conversation with Virginia Baily

Writing the climate

We’re thrilled to welcome Peter Stott to Exeter Custom House to kick off the Quay Words Science season with a discussion about communicating climate science and creative writing. Peter will be joined in conversation by the award-winning novelist Virginia Baily. Peter will be talking about his recent book Hot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle…

Wednesday 9 March 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

Teacher and Writer CPD - Teaching creative writing to Key Stage Two pupils

Workshop for Writers at Exeter Custom House with Wyl Menmuir and The Writer’s Block

Are you looking for new ways to engage young learners with creative writing and composition? Quay Words has teamed up with Cornwall-based The Writers’ Block to explore ways that Exeter Custom House can be a catalyst for young people and schools. In addition to our programme of schools visits, we are offering CPD training workshops…

Thursday 17 March 10:00 am - 3: 00 pm
Writer event

Quay Words presents The Magician’s Apprentice by Sally Pomme Clayton

in association with Artemis Storytelling

With a top hat from a junk shop and mail-order wand, pioneering storyteller and writer Sally Pomme Clayton explores the secret world of the magician. In this intimate, enchanting performance, she mixes fact with fiction, fragments of myth with antique jokes; dazzling fairytales and snippets of culture and science, forgotten folklore to mysterious images on…

Wednesday 23 March 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Quay Voices with Louisa Adjoa Parker

Emerging writers will perform their works-in-progress alongside Quay Words Autumn writer-in-residence Louisa Adjoa Parker. All the work performed will have been developed in workshops with Louisa during her residency ‘Re-imagining Heritage’ at Exeter Quayside. Come along and support emerging talent through our Quay Voices strand. ***** This event will be live-streamed from Exeter Custom House….

Wednesday 30 March 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Creative Writing-Walking Workshop for families

with Quay Words writer-in-residence Ellen Wiles

Writer-in-Residence and creative writing lecturer Ellen Wiles will lead you on a walk from Custom House along the River Exe, taking breaks for fun and varied creative writing exercises that engage with the experience of nature in this unique riverscape. Suitable for children aged 6+. No previous creative writing experience necessary! At booking, you will…

Thursday 14 April 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Climate Science and Creativity

with Quay Words writer-in-residence Ellen Wiles

A conversation between Writer-in-Residence Dr. Ellen Wiles and expert scientists about their respective research, contrasting traditional modes of writing and publishing, tackling traditional divides between scientists and artists, and the possibilities for creative collaboration in order to communicate vital science research on climate change and ecology as our landscapes change. This event will take place…

Wednesday 27 April 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