Exploring stories and writing at Exeter Custom House

29th June to 3rd August 2019

Literature Works is delighted to announce Quay Words 2019, a summer exploration of words and stories at the historic Custom House on Exeter Quayside.

We are the literature development agency for South West England and this summer we set out on a journey to explore the potential of the Custom House as a hub for literature on behalf of Exeter Canal and Quay Trust, the charity that looks after and develops the quayside.  Come with us on the journey.  You can try your hand at all kinds of writing workshops, have a go at storytelling, buy books and print your own book bag. In the autumn, we’ll be developing an immersive creative writing experience for local primary schools.

Come and soak up the words, lyrics and musings of some great writers and performers. From Icelandic Noir Crime writing, to story time for young children, there will be something for everyone.

Our pop-up bookshop will be curated by the Crediton Community Bookshop.  Programme highlights include poet Ray Antrobus, recipient of the 2019 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, much-loved novelist Patrick Gale and novelist Amanda Craig.

Find out more here and find a direct link to the box office here. A new Quay Words website will be launched shortly. Follow us @litworks on Twitter and Literature Works on Facebook.

Helen Chaloner, Chief Executive of Literature Works said today –

“We thank Exeter Canal and Quay Trust for this rare opportunity to create a home for literature, where we are delighted to be partnering with some outstanding organisations that love words as much as we do.  For the whole of this first six-week season our first ever writer-in-residence at the Custom House will be inviting the public in to explore this unique environment. For one week, the Custom House will also host a visiting Icelandic crime writer, digging into the surprising historic connections between Exeter and Iceland. Exeter Custom House was at the centre of a network of international trade.  We plan to put it on the map again.”

Alan Williamson, Chair of Exeter Canal and Quay Trust said –

“We are really excited that Literature Works have put together such a varied and stimulating programme. The Custom House has been looking for a new role for the next chapter in its life and hopefully the programme this summer will inspire a continuing use into the future.”