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<I>Little Elevations</I> (detail) Courtesy Holly Corfield Carr

Little Elevations: Close Reading Night

Thursday 4 October 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks This National Poetry Day, poets Holly Corfield Carr, Rachael Boast and Samantha Walton lead a relaxed and open discussion about how and why we read our favourite poems and writing by women. Read more →


Night of the Fellows 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 6–7.30pm

Talks Each year Spike Island offers fellowships to promising graduates. Join us to welcome new Graduate Fellows for 2018–2019. Read more →


Art and Its MaterialsLed by Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London

Tuesday 16 October 2018, 6–7.30pm

Talks Esther Leslie explores the sublimity of slime, its apparent life of its own, as alien intelligence, conjoined with its creepiness unto death, its threatening collapse of everything, all distinction and meaning. Book your place Art and Its Materials is an ongoing ... Read more →

Sharlene Teo. Photograph courtesy Amaal Said

Novel WritersSharlene Teo Ponti

Thursday 25 October 2018, 6.30–7.30pm

Talks Told from the perspectives of all three women, Ponti by Sharlene Teo is an exquisite story of friendship and memory spanning decades. Infused with mythology and modernity, with the rich sticky heat of Singapore, it is at once an astounding ... Read more →

Benoît Maire <I>Thèbes </I>(2018) Installation view, CAPC, Bordeaux. Photograph by Frédéric Deval. Courtesy the artist and CAPC

Exhibition Tour: Benoît Maire ThebesLed by Iain Grant, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UWE

Wednesday 7 November 2018, 6–7pm

Talks Iain Grant, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the West of England (UWE), leads an exhibition tour exploring how Benoît Maire’s works are deeply rooted in philosophy and theory. Book your place Exhibition: Benoît Maire Thebes  Benoît Maire ... Read more →


Novel WritersPreti Taneja We That Are Young

Thursday 15 November 2018, 6.30–7.30pm

Talks A startling insight into modern India, the rise of religious nationalism, the clash of youth and age, the intensity of life (and the ever-present spectre of death) in one of the world's fastest growing economies. Book your place
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Image courtesy Louise Bradley

Behind the Scenes Studio VisitsLouise Bradley

Saturday 17 November 2018, 2–3pm

Talks Meet artists based at Spike Island, explore their studios and view works-in-progress during these informal encounters.  Read more →

Jesse Jones <i>Tremble tremble</i> (2017)

Artist's Talk: Jesse Jones

Thursday 22 November 2018, 6–7.30pm

Talks Dublin-based artist Jesse Jones represented Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale. Here she discusses her recent projects: NO MORE FUN AND GAMES, a feminist parasite institute at the Hugh Lane Gallery, and Tremble Tremble the work she presented at the Irish Pavilion for Venice in ... Read more →

Guy Gunaratne, photograph courtesy Cade Moulla

Novel WritersGuy Gunarante In Our Mad and Furious City

Thursday 6 December 2018, 6.30–8pm

Talks Guy Gunaratne talks about his blistering debut novel, In Our Mad and Furious City, an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. Book your place
  For Selvon, Ardan, and ... Read more →

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