Spike Island

Little Elevations: Close Reading Night


Thursday 4 October 2018, 6.30–8pm


£5, £3 concessions
Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

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This National Poetry Day, poets Holly Corfield Carr, Rachael Boast and Samantha Walton host a celebration of re-reading. Through relaxed and open discussion they explore how we read our favourite poems and writing by women.

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This event is organised in partnership with the National Trust, Tyntesfield as part of Holly Corfield Carr's Women and Power residency, responding to the legacy of 18th-century Bristol poet Hannah More. This night of close reading takes its name from More’s recommendation that women should explore the world from a ‘little elevation’ in their own garden rather than attempt to conquer the ‘distant prospects’ that she reserves for men. Corfield Carr invites readers to explore this model of the ‘little elevation’ as the ideal site of sustainability, cooperation and expertise.

This event is organised in partnership with the National Trust, Tyntesfield.

Rachael Boast

Rachael Boast is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently, Void Studies (Picador 2016). She is co-editor of The Echoing Gallery: Bristol Poets and Art in the City (Redcliffe Press 2013) and The Caught Habits of Language: An Entertainment for W.S. Graham for Him Having Reached One Hundred (Donut Press, 2018). She lives in Bristol.

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

Samantha Walton

Samantha Walton is a poet, publisher and Reader in Modern Literature at Bath Spa University. She's the author of the first full monograph on Nan Shepherd: The Living World: Nan Shepherd and Environmental Thought (forthcoming). Her poetry collection Self Heal comes out from Boiler House Press (UEA) in November 2018. With Jo Walton she co-edits Sad Press, a small publisher dedicated to experimental poetry.