This summer we’re delving into Exeter’s watery side in our Quay Words Maritime season.

We have some excellent writing courses and masterclasses to get your pen moving over the summer months. In person, we’re excited to be welcoming back Martyn Waites to Exeter Custom House for a 5-week course on Writing Crime Fiction, an exciting opportunity for budding sleuths to hone their skills with Exeter’s very own ‘King of Crime’. The course will run on Thursday evenings 6.30-8.30pm from 7th July to 11th August (with a one week break on 21st July) Book here. Our masterclass this season is especially for mums with babies under one and is a collaboration with Arvon and Mothership Writers, 2nd July 1.30-3pm. Book here.

Our writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont will be exploring the Maritime theme with open public workshops. We will have watery author events and performances – including Wyl Menmuir’s new book launch, The Draw of the Sea on 13th July, open for booking here, and an exciting new outdoor performance from Penned in the Margins, In Transit, written by Belinda Zhawi on 23rd July.

We’re also excited to announce our September author event in collaboration with the International Agatha Christie Festival, will be a talk from the fantastic Vaseem Khan, Killing Ghandi, Dante’s Divine Comedy and India at the Crossroads Wednesday 14th September 6.30-8.30pm.