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Immersive listening event

premiering writer-in-residence Ellen Wiles’ new Sound Walk commission

FREE 11 am – 4 pm. Drop in to the Exeter Custom House to be immersed in Ellen’s new piece, taking you on a journey down the river Exe, and investigating scientific themes around ecology, climate change and the potential impact of beavers. With sound and projections, you can experience this immersive literary soundwalk, lying…

Saturday 30 April 11:00 am - 4:00 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 28 April 10:00 am - 3: 00 pm

Climate Science and Creativity

with Quay Words writer-in-residence Ellen Wiles

Join us at Custom House for a lively conversation event between a team of three creative writers and a team of three scientists, all based in Devon, and all actively working to address the climate crisis in different ways through their work. Ellen Wiles, Quay Words’ Spring Writer in Residence, on a theme of ‘Science’,…

Wednesday 27 April 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

Quay Voices with Louisa Adjoa Parker

Louisa Adjoa Parker will be celebrating her Quay Words residencies by sharing her commissions with us. Louisa will read from her poem ‘Let the river sing’ and a brand now commission following her Autumn 2021 residency.  Louisa will be joined by some of the Quay Voices she worked with across her residency. All the work performed will…

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

Quay Words presents Patrick Gale reading from his novel Mother's Boy

with songs from Jim Causley.

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. Patrick…

Wednesday 9 February 6:30 pm - 7:30 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
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