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Our Quest is to get people writing, walking and experiencing Devon through words. We’re mapping all the places where words about Devon have been written –– or could be. Around the County (and perhaps beyond) you can pick up copies of our 'Literary Map for Devon' - but you can also explore the online map here for much more information.

Wordquest Devon is an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in Devon’s literature while exploring the county’s dramatic landscapes. To keep up to date with latest news and events you can signup to our newsletter and visit our events page to see how you can participate in Wordquest Devon.

latest news

Come and celebrate the 200th Birthday of Charles Dickens at Kingsbridge and Exeter Central Libraries

Kingsbridge Library Tuesday 7th February 7pm arrival for 7.30pm start

Exeter Central Library Wednesday 8th February 7pm arrival for 7.30pm start

Read more here


Can you read up to 12 books by the Devon Wordquest Authors before the start of the Olympics? - read more



Poetry Competition!

Wordquest is launching a Devon wide poetry competition for young people.

We are asking young people to write a poem about their favourite place in Devon, from their garden to their attic, to the wild moors or sandy beaches. 

More details and how to apply can be found here.

WordQuest Devon & AONB article in the North Devon Journal

Listen to an interview with Clare George and Sarah Cobley on BBC Radio Devon

We've posted new podcasts for your listening pleasure...

Talk to us about your ideas at

Missed a show? you can listen again to it here

The printed map: is now available. We've got 50,000 to give away. If you'd like some for your venue or place of business or just for friends, email us and front cover

Download a PDF version on the printed map here.

Join us on Twitter...


previous events

Go HERE to see all the Wordquest events to date.


get involved
Sign up and be the first to hear about breaking news (you could also join the Facebook page and be part of the conversation, of course).

There are other ways to contribute here: review a book, share your stories, tell us about a place in Devon that's special to you, share your favourite words...





Tell us your words about Devon - they don't need to be the next great novel, or a poem worthy of Byron. We just want your words about Devon, whether they be stories about a place, poems, descriptions of somewhere special in Devon, a letter from Devon to family and friends anywhere, or just the words from the back of your last postcard.

You can also signup to let us know that you'd love to be involved in the project during its lifetime until September 2012. Lots of people have signed up already, and you can do so just by going here. We won't use your information for anything other than letting you know about Wordquest events, and letting you know how you can become involved.

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Wordquest Devon funders


Find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England who are the primary funders for this project. We're grateful for their support.

Wordquest Devon is a project of Devon Libraries, the University of Exeter, Cyprus Well and Aune Head Arts
managed by Aune Head Arts, a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England & Wales No. 347853; Registered Charity No. 1141626
Reg. office: The Gallery, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EP
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