Spike Island

WorkshopSpike Archipelago


Sunday 1 December 2013, 2–5pm


Free, booking essential

Event type


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 received an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. Her site-specific work has been commissioned for museums and galleries across the UK as well as for an orchard, an eighteenth-century crystal grotto and a passenger ferry called Matilda. She has performed her work on BBC Radio 4 and at the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms on BBC Radio 3. Her latest books, Indifferent Cresses and Subsong (2018), are published by the National Trust.

Holly Corfield Carr's website