Developing Writers

Quay Words are seeking a writer-in-residence for March 2024

7th November 2023

Literature Works is delighted to announce a writer-in-residence opportunity at Exeter Custom House as part of the Quay Words ongoing live literature programme.

We are seeking to appoint a writer, storyteller, spoken word artist or other wordsmith to be in residence for the calendar month of March 2024 for the equivalent of at least one day per week during that time.   The selected writer will be engaged by Literature Works on a contractor/freelance basis as writer-in-residence for the term.

For all the information on how to apply, download our recruitment pack here:

The season theme of ‘Heritage’

The theme for Quay Words Spring 2024 is ‘Heritage’ – and for this season we’re particularly interested in uncovering the hidden voices of the Quayside’s heritage. The theme is open to interpretation, and we’re keen to explore the different ways that words can be used to tell the stories of place. How can we use creative writing as a tool to welcome communities in and make people’s voices heard – both the voices of the past and the present day?

We’re also excited to announce that part of this residency will be about collaboration and exchange with an international resident who will be visiting Exeter Custom House during the week beginning 18th March. In partnership with Poetry Africa in Durban, South Africa (also a UNESCO City of Literature) poet Olive Olusegun will be in residence at Exeter Custom House, similarly exploring the season theme. Olive will be building on our existing partnership with Poetry Africa, thinking about the voices of women – and investigating the meaning of heritage to her.  Olive will be participating in events and workshops, including a digital event with Durban’s Time of the Writer Festival. Ideas for building on this collaboration during the week of Olive’s visit are welcomed.

Residency package

We offer an inclusive fee for the Residency of £1,000 to include the delivery of the public-facing events.  We will encourage our writer to find time to develop their own work at the Custom House and we invite them to spend as much time on site as they wish.  We will provide a private writing space in the building for the duration of the residency.

Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Sunday 3rd December

Candidates selected for interview will be notified on Thursday 7th December 

Interviews will take place at Exeter Custom House on Wednesday 13th December