Inspiring the next generation of readers and writers is high on our list of priorities.

Quay Words is hosted at the historic Custom House on Exeter’s Quayside. It’s a place steeped in history, with writing garrets and spaces of all types for participatory events. We think its atmospheric presence is perfect for inspiring children and young people to read, write and tell their tales.

Activities for children and young people at the Custom House include ‘Storytime and Craft’, a free workshop for three to seven year olds with children’s writer Wendy O’shea Meddour on 13th July.

If you’ve got older children who are starting to put pen to paper and are perhaps thinking of building their own fantasy worlds, why not take them along to the ‘Fantasy Worlds from Gormenghast to our Septimus Heap’ workshop with Angie Sage, internationally best-selling fantasy writer? Angie can guide them on the dos and don’ts of creating a believable and immersive world for their stories.

Looking further ahead, we’re delighted to be partnering with Kernow Education Arts Partnership in the autumn on a pop-up version of their amazing and creative Writers’ Block . Students from three local primary schools will get the opportunity to explore the Custom House with Annamaria Murphy to get scribbling, creating and writing.

Quay Words really is a programme for everyone. If you love literature as much as we do and want to get involved, check here for the latest updates on these events and the wider programme.