Quay Words National Poetry Day Workshop with Bristol City Poet, Caleb Parkin: Choice, Lack of

  • Exeter Custom House
  • October 6
  • 15:30 - 17:30
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Poet Caleb Parkin will lead you through approaches which – on the surface – remove choice (this year’s National Poetry Day theme). Using decks of cards, dice, random word generators and more, we’ll be inspired by a selection of poems on the theme of Choice. Writing in response, we’ll using these tools and toys to disrupt and gamify our writing patterns. In the second part of the session, we’ll create a Personal Universe Deck and introduce approaches for you to take away and use in your writing practice. Expect unexpected poems to emerge from these ludic interventions.

Stick around at the Custom House to share your creations, or other poems, at the Poetry Cabaret later in the evening. You can find out more and book the cabaret here.

PLEASE NOTE: We are intending for this workshop to take place in-person at Exeter Custom House and will be following social distancing guidance at the time of the event. Spaces are limited to 10, book now to avoid disappointment.


Caleb Parkin is a poet, facilitator and Bristol City Poet 2020 – 22. He’s published widely in magazines, journals, through commissioned poems and competitions. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School and First Story and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Debut pamphlet: Wasted Rainbow, (tall-lighthouse, Feb 2021). Debut collection: This Fruiting Body (Nine Arches, October 2021). Tweet: @CalebParkin