Bringing ideas, imagination, information and knowledge to people’s lives and communities


Evolve is a new and imaginative programme of events and artworks within Devon’s libraries, delivered by us, in partnership with artists and communities and funded by Arts Council England

Evolve Libraries of Now

Your library card is a key that unlocks a world of opportunities, knowledge, imagination and experiences, and a wealth of people to help you navigate it.

Explore the latest offering within your local library, and discover a world of technology, adventure, storytelling and creativity.

Evolve will bring to life your much-loved childhood stories, historical tales and events and some of our favourite literature through animation, digital screenings, touch-activated technology, virtual reality and integrated artworks.

All you ever need to access any of these exciting events and activities is your library card. Your very own key.

What’s on…


Steven Camden aka PolarbearHear from the UK’s storytelling experts and learn how they use creative writing techniques to produce award-winning content.

Your host: Polarbear
From Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1 and the Royal Shakespeare Company, in this new season of exclusive work, Steven Camden (Polarbear), one of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK and internationally, will be heading to Exeter Library.

15:08:19 – StoryTalks: Young Adult Fiction

Exeter Library, Rougemont Room, 17:30-19:00pm (£7/ £5 under 18’s + concs)

Jenny Valentine

Best-selling young adult author and winner of the Carnegie Medal, Kevin Brooks, (Martyn Pig, The Bunker Diary) will be joined by winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Jenny Valentine (Finding Violet Park – Harper Collins).

In this intimate conversation with Polarbear, they will reveal their personal writing processes and the journey behind telling internationally best-selling stories for young adult audiences.

Get your tickets for StoryTalks: Young Adults Fiction here >>>

10:10:19 – StoryTalks: Graphic Novels

Joff Winterhart Exeter Library, Rougemont Room, 19:00-20:30pm (£8/ £6 under 18’s + concs)

Polarbear will be joined by two of the country’s most exciting and talented graphic novelists, Joff Winterhart (Driving Short distances – Penguin Books) and Katriona Chapman (Follow me in – Avery Hill).

Together they will discuss their inspiration, and how they are breaking new ground in their use of graphics and storytelling to create 3-dimensional work for this ever popular medium.

Get your tickets for StoryTalks: Graphic Novels here >>>

07:11:19 – StoryTalks: Stage, Screen & Page

Exeter Library, Rougemont Room, 19:00-20:30pm (£8/ £6 under 18’s + concs)Inua Ellams at Tower of London

As a part of Exeter Literary Festival, we welcome 2 leading performance writers alongside Polarbear to talk through the process of writing for stage, screen or page.

Inua Ellams, a UK-based poet, playwright and performer who has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and the BBC (Barbershop Chronicles) and Kieran Hurley, a writer, performer and theatre maker and winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Fest Award (Beats), are both leaders in their field and will be sharing their insights in telling stories across all forms.

Get your tickets for StoryTalks: Stage, Screen & Page here >>>

This event is part of Exeter Literary Festival, to find out more about what’s on, click here >>>

Exeter Literary Festival



StoryTalk events will be livestreamed to libraries across the country as part of the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network  (of which Exeter Library is a member). The StoryTalk: Stage, Screen and Page event will also be livestreamed directly into the British Library.

Writing Your First Novel with Kim Sherwood

Friday 6th September, 12-3pm

Exeter Library, £10 per person (bookable from the library or via with a booking fee)

Join this supportive three-hour workshop on writing your first novel with award-winning author Kim Sherwood. Together, we will break the novel down into separate parts – characters, plot and story, point of view and voice – and experiment with new approaches you might try to start writing, and keep writing. You will have the chance to share ideas and get feedback on your work. All writers of any experience are welcome.

Kim Sherwood began researching and writing Testament, her debut novel, after her grandfather, the actor George Baker, passed away and her grandmother began to talk about her experiences as a Holocaust Survivor for the first time. Testament won the 2016 Bath Novel Award, was longlisted for the 2019 Desmond Elliot Prize, shortlisted for the 2019 Author’s Club Best First Novel Award, and won the Harper’s Bazaar Book of the Year 2019. Kim studied Creative Writing at UEA and is now Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England.

Kim is currently writer in residence at Exeter Library, as part of Evolve.

Get your tickets for Writing Your First Novel here >>>

Contact details are Phone 01392 407027 or email


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…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.