Check out our programme of events

Workshops and courses

Fiction writing course

Quay Words and Creative Futures

SOLD OUT 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…

Wednesday 3 November 2:00 pm - Wednesday 8 December 4:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Life Writing: What You Need to Know with author Tom Cox

In this five week course, Tom Cox, using the experience he has gained as the author of eleven non fiction books, several newspaper columns, one novel and one collection of short stories, will guide you through the inner landscape of life writing. Who are the master life writers, and why? What are the pitfalls of…

Saturday 13 November 11:00 am - Saturday 11 December 1: 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

Quay Words writer-in-residence workshop

Louisa Adjoa Parker

Our Autumn 2021 writer-in-residence Louisa Adjoa-Parker is running two FREE poetry workshops. This second workshop will look at how to shape ideas into written pieces, poetry and prose, redrafting/editing, and performance. Louisa wrote a very special narrative poem as a result of her pilot residency at Quay Words.  Called ‘Let the river sing’, we will…

Thursday 2 December 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free Event

Quay Words and Poetry Africa Final Day Celebration and Networking

with Tolu Agbelusi

Quay Words and Poetry Africa Final Day Celebration and Networking with Tolu Agbelusi Throughout 2021 we’ve been thrilled to work with Poetry Africa to curate 5 days of work celebrating, showcasing and developing women writers from the UK and South Africa, funded by the British Council. On this final day, we invite women writers from…

Friday 10 December 15:00 - 16:00
Free Event

Quay Words and Poetry Africa present a reading with Tolu Agbelusi and Thando Fuze

Quay Words has been privileged this year to work with Poetry Africa in Durban South Africa on a programme of development days to showcase and bring together women writers from the UK and South Africa. This event is our final collaboration for the programme and we’re thrilled to be be presenting two fantastic poets to…

Friday 10 December 6:30 pm UK time - 7:30 pm UK time

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 15 December 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Writer event

Quay Words present 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
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