Poetry, place, haiku and the launch of Quay Words Winter at Exeter Custom House

Literature Works and the University of Exeter Places of Poetry project proudly announce the launch of Quay Words Winter at Exeter Custom House with a special event celebrating place, poetry, Devon, heritage and haiku.

On Thursday 3rd October at 6pm, we mark National Poetry Day with poet Sara-Jane Arbury, who will introduce and perform a sequence, or renga, of haiku. The haiku were all contributed by members of the public who visited historic locations around the city as part of the recent Exeter
Heritage Open Days. As writer-in-residence for Exeter Heritage Open Days, Sara-Jane invited people to write their own haiku inspired by the location and she has put them together as a renga.

Haiku is a Japanese verse form of three lines and just seventeen syllables. Haiku give a snapshot of life and feeling. As with all poetry, every word counts.

Contributors to the Places of Poetry project, who have written poems about places in Devon, are also invited to share their poem(s) at the mic following Sara-Jane’s performance.

This is a free event but please do book your place. Tickets will also be available on the door.

About the Places of Poetry project

Places of Poetry is a creative arts project covering England and Wales, based at
the University of Exeter. Across the summer of 2019, over 5000 poems of place,
heritage and identity have been pinned to the distinctive Places of Poetry map.
The project, which will close for submissions on 31 October, has involved
partnerships with National Poetry Day, The Poetry Society, the Ordance Survey,
and thirteen heritage sites.

About Exeter City Council and Heritage Open Days
Exeter City Council manages Exeter Custom House on behalf of the Exeter Canal and Quay Trust. The Council also co-ordinates Exeter’s contribution to the annual Heritage Open Days event. Now in its 25th year, Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that usually charge for admission or are not normally open to the public.

About Sara-Jane Arbury
Sara-Jane Arbury is a writer, performer and workshop facilitator. She has been involved in the production and promotion of creative writing and live literature since 1993. Sara-Jane has been a writer-in-residence for many civic projects with national and regional councils including for the county of Herefordshire. She has performed her poetry on national television and radio, and at numerous festivals.

Sara-Jane also runs young writers’ groups for Writing West Midlands and works extensively in schools and colleges across the country. Her poems have appeared in pamphlets and anthologies.