Spike Island

Hypotext Writing Workshopwith Holly Corfield Carr


Tuesday 5 March 2013, 6pm


Free for Spike Associates
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Join writer-in-residence Holly Corfield Carr to discuss her collaborative writing project and to find out how to get involved. 

After introducing her practice, the author leads participants in a lo-fi, high energy workshop designed for writers of all genres and levels of experience as well as visual artists, performers and creative technologists.

The activity introduces a heat-sensitive text designed by Corfield Carr.  Participants are invited to touch, interrupt and alter variations of a forgotten folk tale about a woman forced to live in another's skin. The temperature of the reader's hands determine the narrative, frustrating the assumed agency of the interactive reader tracing themselves through the hypertextual.  Instead Hypotext takes its cues from our desire for text and technology to return our warmth, to know us and anticipate us with apparent accuracy of a clairvoyant's ‘cold reading’.  To keep ‘in touch’.  Plainly, to be a second skin.

Moving between haptics, poetics and palimpsests, this session guides participants to consider different modes of collaboration in writing and reading with the aim of producing a new narrative that writers, visual artists and creative technologists can use in their own practices.

Holly Corfield Carr

Holly Corfield Carr is a poet based in Bristol and Cambridge where she is completing a PhD on site-specific writing, caves and talking mountains, following a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute (2016-17). Her writing is published and performed nationally and internationally, with recent work appearing in Poetry (Chicago) and at the Royal Albert Hall, BBC Radio 3 and 4 and the Southbank Centre.

Commissions and collaborations with artists include Kettle’s Yard & The Heong Gallery, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Jaybird Live Literature, SPACE and the British Ceramics Biennial. With her work often responding to place, Holly’s residencies include the Wordsworth Trust, the Bristol Poetry Institute, Spike Island and the Curfew Tower in Cushendall, Northern Ireland. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015.

Holly Corfield Carr's website