We are delighted to announce Natasha Carthew as the second ever Quay Words writer-in-residence at Exeter Custom House, supported by The Met Office Informatics Lab.
The themes of the residency are nature and the environment, subjects that are central to Natasha’s work. Natasha will be in residence for four weeks from mid-February – mid-March 2020, available to members of the public at ‘meet the writer’ sessions and at events. Look out for details here.
Natasha Carthew is a working-class country writer from Cornwall. She has written all her books outside, either in the fields and woodland that surround her home or in the cabin that she built from scrap wood. She has written two books of poetry, as well as three novels for young adults, Winter Damage, The Light That Gets Lost and Only the Ocean. Her first novel for adults is All Rivers Run Free. Natasha has written for many publications about wild writing, including the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, Eco-fiction, TripFiction, the Guardian and the Big Issue. She is currently writing her second literary novel for adults and a new collection of rural poetry. In 2020 she has a new Novella/Performance Poem publishing with National Trust Books which centres on the nature, history and the environment of Levant Mine, Cornwall which is a collaborative project with Falmouth University.
Throughout the residency at Exeter Custom House, Natasha will be encouraging people to connect with nature, explore and engage with the wild places that surround us no matter where we live. Natasha will be running three Wild Writing workshops in February as part of this residency:
Wild Writing – 13th February 2020, 10- 11.30 am
Wild Writing for all the family (half term) 20th February 2020 10 – 11.30 am
Writing Eco-fiction – 27th February 2020 10-11.30 am
Nature Writing in non-fiction – 5th March 2020 10 – 11.30 am
Natasha will run weekly open sessions at Exeter Custom House, offering advice about wild writing and nature writing, with tips on how to incorporate nature into our everyday creative lives and how writing in the great outdoors is great for mental, physical and spiritual health. These will run on Thursdays 13th, 20th and 27th February and 5th March 2020 between 11.30 am – 12.30 pm.
Natasha will also take part in a range of events between February and March. The residency will conclude with a reading on Wednesday 11th March 2020 from 6.30 – 7.30 pm: ‘Quay Voices Natasha Carthew and local writing talent’, celebrating Natasha’s work and showcasing local writers that she will meet during the residency. Book a place here.
Speaking about the residency, Natasha said:
“I can’t wait to start my residency at Exeter Custom House as the Quay Words Winter writer- in-residence and to share my wild writing experience with the people of Exeter! Connecting to nature and the wild places that exist, no matter where we live, is at the heart of my work. I look forward to engaging with local communities to explore their pasts and create new stories that relate to the environment in an open and accessible setting.”