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Writer event

Don't Build Fires on the Backs of Big Fish: performance and talk by spoken word poet Chris White

live-streamed from Exeter Custom House and watch from home

Don’t Build Fires on the Backs of Big Fish.  We all know the story, right? Sailor meets island. Island turns out to be a big fish. Fish drowns sailor. It’s a tale as old as time, recurring throughout the ages in different cultures and countries across the world, including ‘The Whale’ of the Exeter Book….

Wednesday 14 April 6;30 pm - 8:00 pm
Writer event

FREE poetry collection launch

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s Of Sea

Join us as we celebrate the launch of poet and academic Elizabeth-Jane Burnett’s next collection, Of Sea, published by Penned in the Margins.   This event will be live-streamed on Crowdcast. Save your seat today! ***** Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is a poet and academic with a focus on innovative poetics. She holds a BA in English from…

Wednesday 12 May 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Workshops and courses

FREE zine making workshop days for young writers

with zine-maker Laura Moseley

Join Quay Words and Laura Moseley, zine-maker and founder of Made by Women, for a day of fun, creative zine-making for 13-18 year olds during the half-term! This is an opportunity for any young people with an interest in writing, crafts, art or any creative activity to explore zines. Zines are small, handmade booklets that…

Monday 31 May 10:00 - 15:30
Workshops and courses

FREE zine making workshop days for young writers

with zine-maker Laura Moseley

Join Quay Words and Laura Moseley, zine-maker and founder of Made by Women, for a day of fun, creative zine-making for 13-18 year olds during the half-term! This is an opportunity for any young people with an interest in writing, crafts, art or any creative activity to explore zines. Zines are small, handmade booklets that…

Tuesday 1 June 10:00 - 15:30
Writer event

Poetry reading by John Wedgwood-Clarke

Join us as poet John Wedgwood-Clarke treats us to a reading from his project Red River. More details about this event coming soon, book your place now! ***** John Wedgwood Clarke is an award-winning poet. His poetry collections include Ghost Pot (2013) and Landfill (2017), both of which explore place, ecology and science. He presented…

Wednesday 9 June 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Writer event

Poetry reading by Richard Skelton

Stranger in the Mask of a Deer

Poet Richard Skelton will read from his new book-length poem Stranger in the Mask of a Deer set in the Late Palaeolithic, with dreamlike evocations of landscape, community, the deep past. ***** Richard Skelton is a writer, musician and publisher from Lancashire in northern England. His work is deeply focused on landscape and our relationship with the natural…

Wednesday 7 July 6:30 pm - 8:00 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 - 8:00 pm
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