We are delighted to welcome Louisa Adjoa Parker as the first ever writer in residence at Exeter Custom House.

Louisa will be in residence during our summer Quay Words 2019 programme, uncovering and transforming local stories from her own perspective.  

As the first writer in residence at Custom House, Louisa hopes to draw on the site’s history to create new work – her own and others’. This might take the form of poetry, stories, or both. She is especially interested in previously untold stories and the lives of the ordinary people who have passed through the building and surrounding area. She plans to use a mixture of the site itself, historical records and talking to local people as inspiration for her time at the Custom House, during which she will run at least two creative writing workshops for the Exeter community, as well as sharing the stories she uncovers as inspiration.  

Speaking about the role, Louisa said:  

“I’m really excited about this position as it will enable me to work in a beautiful location, provide me with the time and space to focus on new writing, meet others from the writing community, and engage with the local community. The role also provides me with the opportunity to combine my love of history and literature with making literature accessible to all. I often draw on place in my work and am excited about the stories I might uncover during my time at Custom House. “

Louisa will be at Exeter Custom House throughout the summer programme which runs from 29th June – 3rd August.

Image credit: Robert Golden.