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TertuliaWriters respond to Nowhereisland


Friday 7 September 2012, 3–5pm


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Six writers, artists and researchers have been invited to respond to Nowhereisland, an Arctic island on a journey around the south west coast. Devised by Alex Hartley and produced by Situations, Nowhereisland's visit to Bristol is the last stop on its journey.

Contributors including artists Marie Toseland and Sam Hasler and writers Amy Mason, Laura Mansfield, Richard Kerridge and Nancy Campbell present their personal thoughts prompted by the work, such as the connection between belonging and isolation, migration, sovereignty and redefining what a nation can be.

For example, Laura Mansfield's piece draws out key features of island narratives, including Lord of the Flies, The Island and Robinson Crusoe, as well as literary theory, geography and sociology to create an abstract text that posits the island as a shared imaginary site. Amy Mason reads from a section of her play The Islanders that debuted recently at Bristol Old Vic as part of their Ferment Fortnight of new performance.

Tertulia is a regular salon event founded by Spike Associates Phil Owen and Megan Wakefield for people working with or interested in language from a range of different disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

This event is part of The Last Days of Nowhereisland, a city-wide programme of discussions, events and performances taking place across the city 7 to 9 September.