Writer-in-residence

Writer-in-residence

Louisa Adjoa Parker web feature

Louisa Adjoa Parker at the Exeter Custom House Heritage Open Day 2019

Join Louisa Adjoa Parker, our first ever writer-in-residence at Exeter Custom House, on Thursday 19th September in conversation with Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works.

Hear about the work Louisa did during her Quay Words residency, and listen to some of the work that was produced in response to the historical building and quayside, including lesser known stories of the people who lived and worked in the area. Booking opens from 10 am on 2nd September 2019. More details here.

In May we were delighted to announce the appointment of Louisa Adjoa Parker as our first ever writer-in-residence at Exeter Custom House. Louisa will be writing and exploring the stories of the Custom House and Quayside throughout the six-week Quay Words programme. Her residency provides the time and space for Louisa’s creative responses to the setting, uncovering and transforming stories from her unique perspective as a writer.

Louisa often explores place and heritage through her work. During her residency at the Custom House she will be asking questions such as,

‘What are the stories of the Custom House and the people who have passed through its walls, landed at the quayside, or through the city of Exeter? Where did they come from? What were their lives like? Did they settle, or did they move on? What are the hidden stories of people from diverse backgrounds?’

Exeter Quayside was once a centre of international trade, exporting and importing goods worldwide from the quayside. Louisa will be exploring global connections and engaging in wider conversations about race, identity, history, nations and belonging.

Photo by Robert Golden.