On Wednesday 26th June from 1-3pm, to celebrate National Writing Day, Louisa will hold her first ever ‘Meet the Writer’ session at Exeter Custom House. She will be available to talk about her work as writer-in-residence and to chat about writing ... More information
Meet Louisa on Thursday afternoons
Louisa will be at the Custom House from 1-3pm on Thursday afternoons from then onwards, available to meet with members of the public and talk about the work she is developing there: More information
In the past three years, national events have made us question what it is to be British as never before. Are we all strangers in a strange land, hopelessly alienated from each other? Is the country at war with the ... More information
This small group workshop is an excellent introduction to the art of telling a traditional story led by Katy Cawkwell who has over 20 years experience of working as a performance storyteller and teaching storytelling (spoken word performance, not writing ... More information
There is a place where power crackles through all things: broken bodies can become whole,
thoughts can be heard, old bones speak and even rocks want revenge.
Here we stumble through shape-shifting worlds on a journey to the edge of the earth.
Be ... More information
This one day masterclass with Nell Phoenix is for those with some storytelling experience and knowledge of traditional repertoire. It is for storytellers who are curious to find new approaches to the content of their work and who wish to ... More information
This is a partnership with the University of Exeter.
Join poet Fiona Benson and novelist Jane Feaver, both of whom have strong links to Exeter and are highly acclaimed, for an evening of readings and discussion, celebrating some of the writing ... More information
Come along to Exeter Writer's Salon for a free evening of conversation, networking and idea sharing.
Open to all readers and writers, this is an opportunity to meet writers in the local community, to be inspired, explore ideas and find out ... More information
Navigating your way from manuscript to book deal.
Is your book ready to share with the world? James Spackman and Mary Morris will guide you through every stage of the publication process, from traditional publishing - how it works and how ... More information
Using examples of his own work, Daniel Buckroyd explores the key decisions every adaptor needs to consider when lifting a story off the page. Discussing everything from copyright implications to getting your adaptation into production, there will also be an ... More information
Ray Antrobus will read from his book The Perseverance which explores the d/Deaf experience, the death of his father and the failure to communicate. The Perseveranceoperates in the in betweens of dual heritages, of form and expression emerging to show us what it ... More information
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes!
In Wendy Meddour’s and Duncan Beedie’s latest picture book, Stefano the Squid, Stefano sets out to discover what sets him apart. The unassuming squid soon finds out that even the most ordinary creatures are capable ... More information
Every fantasy writer needs to discover their own unique world in which to make their story happen. Come along and pick up tips on how to find your world, how to discover who—or what—lives there, and then how to begin ... More information
This is a partnership with Speaking Volumes.
Join poet Roger Robinson, one of the most versatile and internationally respected dub artists in the UK, for an unforgettable poetry and music session in the Transit Shed. Celebrating the launch of his latest ... More information
Melissa Chemam’s book Out of the Comfort Zone 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. It then studies how the emergency ... More information
Johann Thorsson, international writer in residence at Exeter Custom House.
Johann Thorsson is an author from Reykjavik, Iceland who is visiting Exeter for a short residency, funded by the British Council. His residency helps us revive in a writerly fashion those ... More information
In a day of interlinked short-story events, the UK's leading short story organisation, the Word Factory will show you how to make maximum impact with your fiction, share fun and insight at our short story club and explore new ... More information
A chance to sit, read and discuss a short story in a quiet corner of the Custom House. Hosted by writer and Word Factory founder Cathy Galvin and limited to 25 places. You will be sent a story by Devon's Jessie Greengrass ... More information
Join us for an intimate evening of story, conversation and wine with David Constantine as he discusses and reads from his latest collection, The Dressing-up box and other stories, in which several the principal characters are children: loved, abused, in danger, they ... More information
These bespoke, one-to- one sessions are for writers who have work in progress and have already begun their writer development journey.
Sessions will be bookable for the following time slots:
10 – 11 am
11.30 am – 12.30 pm
1 – 2 pm
2.30 – ... More information
This workshop will explore how theatrical stories can be structured, to develop an understanding of what makes a script work on stage and the relationship between narrative and form.
The multi-award-winning Papatango run free opportunities to launch new playwrights, who have ... More information
Louisa will host a special writing workshops for adults from 12.30-3pm. Together, the groups will explore the surrounding area and its heritage through the medium of walking. Pens and paper to hand, walking boots at the ready!
This workshop is free, ... More information
Patrick Gale, Cornish novelist and author of the International Emmy-winning Man in an Orange Shirt, talks about and reads from his latest bestseller, Take Nothing With You, a sad-funny comedy of resilience and survival.
Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight ... More information
The event is a partnership with The Literary Consultancy.
In this free session, held in association with The Literary Consultancy, meet professional editor James Magniac. James will be talking about the role of the editor, how critical feedback can help develop your writing, ... More information
Join us at our Small and Independent Presses marketplace for a chance to network with regional and national small and independent presses covering a range of specialisms. Come and get to know the people behind the presses and find out ... More information
We mark National Poetry Day with poet Sara-Jane Arbury, who will introduce and perform a sequence, or renga, of haiku. The haiku were all contributed by members of the public who visited historic locations around the city as part of ... More information
They may look serious in these pictures, but the first Quay Words Winter reading at Exeter Custom House promises an uplifting treat on a dark winter’s early evening. We invite you to join acclaimed novelist and poet Joe Dunthorne and Devon’s own ... More information
Join us as we welcome author Luke Jennings to Exeter Custom House. He'll be talking about his smash hit novels, the creation of the 'criminally good' assassin Villanelle, exploring the dynamic between Villanelle and Eve and telling us about how his ... More information
Memoir, Testimonial and Autobiographical fiction - Writing from life.
This is a course for anyone interested in life writing. Whether you're looking at ways to record fading memories or want to learn how to write compellingly about personal experience. From 11 ... More information
This short course on two consecutive Saturdays will look at what types of writing projects might attract public and private funding and how to make a good application. It will focus on funding from Arts Council England through their Lottery ... More information
Join us to celebrate the launch of Louisa Adjoa Parker’s most recent collection, How to Wear a Skin, published by Indigo Dreams Publishing. Come along and hear Louisa read from the collection. Books will be available for purchase and signing ... More information
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Lawrence Sail's forthcoming collection, Guises, published in February 2020 by Bloodaxe Books. Come along to hear Lawrence read from the collection. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event.
Concessions available, ... More information