Quay Words is delighted to welcome Costa Book of the Year 2020 winner, Monique Roffey, to Exeter as our writer-in-residence during April to close the Quay Words Spring ‘Exploration’ season at Exeter Custom House.

As part of her residency for Quay Words, Monique will read from The Mermaid of Black Conch on Friday 30th April. She will also work with 10 lucky emerging writers over four days of ‘hot-house’ workshops, aimed at readying them for publication. This intensive course is open to experienced and emerging writers preparing a manuscript for publication or wanting feedback on ongoing creative work. Writers wishing to be considered can find out more and submit samples of their work here. The selected group of emerging writers will also have the opportunity to take part in a Quay Voices reading alongside Monique, marking the end of her residency, on Monday 3rd May.
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Monique Roffey is an award winning Trinidadian born British writer of novels, essays, literary journalism and a memoir. Her most recent novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch, (Peepal Tree Press) won the Costa Book of the Year Award, 2020 and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize, 2020 and also the Rathbones/Folio Award 2021. Her other Caribbean novels, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle and House of Ashes have been nominated for major awards (Costa, Orange, Encore etc). Archipelago won the OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Literature in 2013.

Upcoming events

‘Hot house flowers: a Spring journey’ four day intensive writing course.
Join Costa Book of the Year, 2020 winner, Monique Roffey in a ‘hot house’ workshop over four days at the Exeter Custom House. Mornings we will be sitting together in a round table open surgery, giving and receiving constructive feedback on work-in-progress. Afternoons will be given over to walks and talks on the subject of exploration. Evenings we will be reading to each other. This intensive course is open to experienced and emerging writers preparing a manuscript for publication or wanting feedback on ongoing creative work. To find out more and express interest in taking part, click here. 30th April- 3rd May 2021, spaces limited to 10.

Reading by Monique Roffey: The Mermaid of Black Conch.
Participants in Monique’s writing course will automatically be offered the opportunity to be in an in-person, socially distanced audience, subject to any review of national Coronavirus restrictions. This reading will be live-streamed from Exeter Custom House and available to watch at home.30th April, 6.30 pm. Book here.

Quay Voices: Monique Roffey introduces new voices and reads alongside them.
This event will be live-streamed from Exeter Custom House and available to watch at home. Save your seat here. 3rd May, 6.30 pm. Book here.