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Kim Squirrell’s Poetry & Paper Art Trail

Free Event — Activities
Kim Squirrell’s Poetry & Paper Art Trail

Follow a poetry and art trail around the Quayside and Canal Basin commissioned by our Cultural Partners at Literature Works.

As part of Kim Squirrell’s Summer 2023 Maritime Residency at Quay Words, she has created a poetry & paper art trail around the Quayside and Canal Basin.

This trail celebrates the ships and boats that have sailed into and out of Exeter, and the people of the quay and canal who work to support and maintain our maritime heritage. As you visit the stops on either side of the Exe, you will encounter poems and paper art installations that reflect this heritage and the lives of people past and present.

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An ex-boat dweller and resident of the ship canal, Kim explored the historical stories of Quay as a sea-faring place, it’s vessels, the goods they brought and the working people connected with these stories. This work will feed into her novel, as well as poetry and paper art trail.

Kim writes:

“Exeter ship canal was my home at a significant part of my life: motherhood, love, art and poetry came together there. Returning to explore and celebrate the rich maritime history of the quay will be a joy.”

Here is a poem by Kim entitled ‘Shipwright’, which you could expect to find when you reach the SGC Marine Shed during your visit:


Once you’ve completed the trail, be sure to fill out this form (or return a paper version to Exeter Custom House) and let them know what you thought of this project and little more about you.

Ticket Prices: Free

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  • Date(s)

    Mon 14th Aug 2023 until Thu 31st Aug 2023

  • Location

    Exeter Custom House
    46 The Quay
    EX2 4AN

  • Age Range


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