Spike Island

WorkshopSpike Archipelago


Sunday 1 December 2013, 2–5pm


Free, booking essential

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Spike Archipelago is a collaborative, site-specific writing project and series of artist-led walking tours of Spike Island. 

This autumn, writer-in-residence Holly Corfield Carr is inviting writers, artists, geographers, historians and local residents to explore Spike Island through writing.  The workshops will encourage participants to write on the move and to consider the place of text and textual materiality in the city, as well as the identity of this little slip of land between the Cut and the Floating Harbour, right in the heart of Bristol.

Meeting on Sundays from September, groups are heading out from Spike Island foyer to explore their locality in the context of one of five themes – wildlife, island life, water in the city, connections and endings – alongside key writing practices and techniques.  The walks are then followed by writing and discussion in the Spike Island Cafe.

The series will culminate in this extended workshop in which participants are invited to turn their writing into miniature plastic viewfinders through which others can read their work – and share their point of view.

For more information and dates of walks, please visit www.spikearchipelago.co.uk

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