We announce Quay Words’ first collaboration with Libraries Unlimited, seeking submissions for a writer-in-residence this coming spring 2021. The selected writer’s residency will span February at Exeter Central Library and March at Exeter Custom House.

This shared residency will be based around the theme: ‘Exploring the Stories of Exeter’s Women’. We seek creative responses to this idea and would love to hear how you will research and gather stories, both historical – using the collections held by Libraries Unlimited – and contemporary stories from Exeter locals.

We are seeking to appoint a writer, storyteller, spoken word artist or other wordsmith to be in residence for the equivalent of at least one day per week during the two-month period. In addition we will ask you to deliver four public facing events or workshops, and produce a final short piece or performance inspired by the residency. There is a fee of £2000.

Please apply in writing on no more than two sheets of A4, outlining your relevant experience, why you would like to undertake this residency and the impact it would have on your own work and development. Please summarise your availability within the given time period and your ability to meet the requirements of the commission, including your willingness to travel to Exeter. Please also include a writing CV, with full details of your writing and publishing record.

Please email your applications to: customhouse@literatureworks.org.uk

Closing date for receipt of applications is: 5pm on Friday 11th December.

Candidates selected for interview will be notified on or before Tuesday 15th December

Interviews will take place using Zoom on Thursday 17th December