We don’t know about you but for us, there’s nothing better than spending the days of summer discovering a brand new, to-be-read list accompanied by the perfect sound track. Music and words have binding relationship and one can help illuminate the other.  

 Set words to music and they are transformed, permeating the consciousness of audiences and bringing them to life. Throughout our summer Quay Words programme, we’re exploring words and stories in all their forms and are pleased to be bringing two musically themed events.  

 Join us for dub poetry in the Transit Shed as we partner with Speaking Volumes to bring critically acclaimed dub poetry artiste Roger Robinson to Exeter. Following his star turn for at Greenway Literary Festival earlier this year, we’re looking forward to hearing from his latest collection A Portable Paradise and more besides. This event is free and drop in, kicking off from 4 pm on Sunday 14th July.  

 If you’re interested in the relationship between words, music and culture, why not join us for Massive Attack: Out of the Comfort Zone – Melissa Chemam in conversation with Exeter Phoenix’s Patrick Cunningham? Melissa’s book  follows the journey of the band Massive Attack into art and music. It retraces how the history of their city, Bristol, shaped their unique sound and multicultural innovations – a must for music and culture fans. Tickets are £4 full price, £3 concessions for Thursday 18th July at the Custom House. Book here or at the Custom House directly.  

 We hope to see you at our events this summer which celebrate literature in a special building.  

 Full programme details are available here