Exeter Canal and Quay Trust (ECQT) is delighted to announce the success of its bid to Arts Council
England National Lottery Projects to fund a further two years of Quay Words, celebrating words and stories at Exeter Custom House.

A grant of £98,000, with further support of £60,000 from ECQT secures the continued development of an accessible, democratic and hands-on literature hub at this iconic Exeter location.

Quay Words is a partnership between ECQT, the charity charged with developing Exeter Quayside,
and Literature Works, the literature development charity for South West England. Quay Words
showcases literature as an accessible and diverse art form and this hub for literature is a central pillar of Exeter’s successful bid to gain UNESCO City of Literature status.

Phil Gibby, Area Director South West, Arts Council England, said today: “We are thrilled to support
Quay Words 2020-22 through our Project Grants funding programme, with thanks to the National Lottery. ECQT and Literature Works are raising the profile of literature as an accessible and diverse art form through this brilliant literature hub at Exeter’s historic Custom House. Exeter’s newfound status as UNESCO City of Literature is testimony to the success of Quay Words’ first programme, as well as the excellent collaborative working that is taking place in the city. At the Arts Council, we believe that England’s cultural sector should aspire to be world-leading, which is why we’re so delighted to support this innovative project from ECQT.”

Alan Williamson, ECQT Chair of Trustees said: “We are delighted that Arts Council England have decided to make this generous grant to enable the Quay Words programme to be delivered for the next two years. With our partners Literature Works, we will do our level best to develop the concept of the magnificent Custom House as a literature hub, open to everyone.”

Heather Norman Soderlind, Literature Works Chair of Trustees added: “Literature Works champions the power of books, reading, performance and self-expression through words. We know the difference they can make to people’s lives. We are thrilled to be partnering with Exeter Canal and Quay Trust on the continued development of a literature hub that is open to all at the historic Exeter Custom House.”

Cllr Rachel Sutton, Exeter City Council’s Lead Councillor for Culture, said: “I very much welcome this successful bid to Arts Council England National Lottery Projects to fund the very successful Quay Words programme for a further two years. To create a hub for literature at such an accessible an well known location is fantastic. Culture is so important to Exeter, and I couldn’t be more pleased to see this exciting programme expand and develop in the coming years. This really is great news forthe city and I congratulate everyone involved.”

View the programme to date here.