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Meet the Writer at Exeter Custom House this summer

Meet Louisa on National Writing Day

On Wednesday 26th June from 1-3pm, to celebrate National Writing Day, Louisa will hold her first ever ‘Meet the Writer’ session at Exeter Custom House. She will be available to talk about her work as writer-in-residence and to chat about writing in general.

Meet Louisa on Thursday afternoons

Louisa will be at the Custom House from 1-3pm on Thursday afternoons from then onwards, available to meet with members of the public and talk about the work she is developing there:

Thursday 4th July, Thursday 11th July and Thursday 18th July, Thursday 25th July

On Thursday 25th July Louisa will host a special writing workshops for adults from 12.30-3pm. Together, the groups will explore the surrounding area and its heritage through the medium of walking. Pens and paper to hand, walking boots at the ready!

Louisa will be running a similar workshop with a local primary school, involving the children in discovering stories and looking at the theme of movement.

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.