During the months of February and March, Natasha Carthew was Quay Words Winter writer-in-residence at Exeter Custom House.

For four weeks in February/March, we were delighted to host Natasha Carthew as Quay Words second ever writer-in-residence at Exeter Custom House, where she ran free Wild Writing workshops out on the Quay and ‘meet the writer’ sessions inside. The focus of her residency, which was supported by The Met Office Informatics Lab, was exploring the natural world through the written word, as well as exploring a sense of place.

The culmination of Natasha’s residency was to have been a Quay Voices reading, where she would share the stage with four of the emerging writers she had met and worked with during her four weeks at Exeter Custom House. Natasha was planning to read her Quay Words commissioned poem ‘River running over’ which used the river Exe to explores the theme of drought. We were hugely disappointed that the event had to be cancelled in response to the lockdown. Now, it’s our pleasure to share the poem with you here, available to download or stream, as recorded in lockdown in Cornwall by Natasha Carthew.

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