Quay Words welcomes back Louisa Adjoa Parker for a second residency at Exeter Custom House, exploring this Autumn’s Heritage theme.   

Louisa’s ‘Reimagining Heritage’ writer residency for the Quay Words Autumn season will pick up on her work as the first ever Quay Words writer-in-residence back in 2019.  Continuing with themes of heritage, place, and the stories of diverse voices, Louisa will support writers to tell their own and/or seek out the diverse stories of others with a connection to Exeter Quayside, to the city itself, and to the wider South West.  

Louisa will run two FREE writing workshops open to students and the public, from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday 24th November and Thursday 2nd December.  Participants are encouraged in between times to work on their poems and discuss edits with Louisa.  The workshops will be followed by an optional sharing event – Quay Voices with Louisa Adjoa Parker. Book your place in the audience here.   

Louisa’s first workshop will provide a space for discussion as well as tools and ideas for participants to take away and choose stories to focus on.  The second 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 share the poem (audio/text) with participants ahead of the first workshop.  

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About Louisa 

Louisa Adjoa Parker is a writer of English-Ghanaian heritage who lives in South West England. Her first poetry collection, Salt-sweat and Tears, and pamphlet were published by Cinnamon Press, and her third poetry collection, How to wear a skin, was published by Indigo Dreams, and her debut short story collection, Stay with me, was published by Colenso Books in 2020. 

Louisa’s poetry and prose has been widely published. She has been highly commended by the Forward Prize; twice shortlisted by the Bridport Prize; and her grief poem, Kindness, was commended by the National Poetry Competition 2019. She has performed her work in the South West and beyond, and delivered many writing workshops.  Louisa has written extensively on ethnically diverse history, and set up the Where are you really from? project. Louisa also works as an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultant, and, along with Louise Boston-Mammah, is co-director of The Inclusion Agency. She is a sought-after speaker on rural racism, black history, mental health and marginalisation.  Her fourth poetry collection, a pamphlet entitled, She can still sing, is published by Flipped Eye in June 2021. Find out more about the collection and order your copy here: She Can Still Sing – flipped eye publishing 

 Louisa is currently writing a coastal memoir, to be published by Little Toller Books in 2022