Ellen Wiles joins Quay Words as the Spring 2022 writer-in-residence at Exeter Custom House, exploring our Spring Season science theme.

Ellen will be in residence during March-April 2022 and during the Easter school holiday, will lead a creative writing-walking workshop for families. She will host a conversation with scientists on Climate Science and Creativity as the April Quay Words monthly event. Ultimately, Ellen hopes to create a new piece of writing presented as an audio performance or ‘Sound Event’.

Ellen writes:
I am delighted to have been chosen as Quay Words’ next writer-in-residence to respond to their new theme: ‘Science’. As the climate and ecological crises intensify, scientific knowledge about our fast-changing landscapes is more important than ever, and I’m excited by the possibilities for literary storytelling as a portal for new audiences to engage with science research. I am really looking forward to composing a new piece of literary writing inspired by conversations with scientists that explores Devon’s riverscapes in the context of climate change.

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About Ellen

Ellen Wiles is a novelist, anthropologist, curator, and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Exeter University. She is the author of three books: The Invisible Crowd (2017), a novel, and two non-fiction books about literary culture, Saffron Shadows (2015) and Live Literature (2021). Ellen has worked as a human rights barrister and as a musician, and her interests in literary activism, sound, and walking, have led her to develop a new project to create literary soundwalks in collaboration with scientists exploring matters of ecology and climate change. Her website is www.ellenwiles.com.

Upcoming events

14th April 2022, 10.30 am – 11.30 am: Creative writing-walking workshop for families. Book your place here.

27th April 2022, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm: Climate Science and Creativity – a conversation. Book a ticket to be part of the in-person audience here, or ‘save a seat’ for the live-stream here.