Quay Words and Libraries Unlimited are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the acclaimed poet Tolu Agbelusi as our shared writer-in-residence during the months of February and March.

Tolu will be running a series of exciting workshops, events and chances to meet-the-writer online. All will have a focus on exploring the stories of Exeter’s women, both past and contemporary. That’s where you come in this is where you come in –

We want your stories. Over the next two months, Tolu is inviting members of the public in Exeter to share stories about remarkable women from Exeter. This could be your mother, a teacher, a group of friends, etc. Send in a picture of them or a place in Exeter that reminds you of them and up to 200 words about the person and the place to customhouse@literatureworks.org.uk. The deadline is 31st March. These offerings will be incorporated into a production at the end of the residency.

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Tolu Agbelusi is the author of Locating Strongwoman (Jacaranda Books 2020). A Nigerian British poet, playwright, educator and human rights lawyer. She was shortlisted for the 2018 White Review Poetry Prize and longlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Prize in 2017 and 2019.

Upcoming events

Meet the writer-in-residence sessions: Tolu will be running one-to-one meet the writers sessions for four writers. These will take place via Zoom at 12 pm and 2 pm on 26th February and 5th March.

‘Telling our stories without apology’ FREE online workshop. Tolu will be exploring the stories of Exeter’s women past and present. The session will focus on poetry and will be inspired by the Unfinished Business exhibition. Friday 19th March, 6 pm. Book here.

‘Telling our stories live’: Tolu will be introducing emerging writers she has worked with over the course of her residency, who will tell the stories of Exeter’s women. 31st March, 6.30 pm, live streamed on Crowdcast. Book here.