Spike Island

Writer's Talk: Tim Dee


Thursday 18 May 2017, 6.30–8pm


Free, booking advised

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As part of their writing residency at the Whitchurch and Hengrove Community Orchard, Ellen Wilkinson and Holly Corfield Carr (members of Spike Associates) invite acclaimed writer and radio producer Tim Dee to combine field recordings with readings and discussion to give voice to our local landscapes. 

Free, booking required

Presented in collaboration with Bristol Festival of Ideas. 

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

Tim Dee

Tim Dee is a writer and a radio producer. He is the author of a memoir about his birdwatching life, The Running Sky (2009).  His latest book Four Fields is about a field in Cambridgeshire fens, an old tobacco farm in Zambia, at the Custer battlefield in Montana, USA, and in the Exclusion Zone in the shadow of the exploded nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine. 

He has been a BBC radio producer for 26 years making arts documentaries, poetry programmes, history features and radio drama for Radio 3 and 4. Before he joined the BBC he worked for the International Council for Bird Preservation (now Birdlife) and wrote on threatened species and the endemic birds of Madagascar. When not in Bristol he lives on the edge of the fens.  He is at work on two new books: one about the spring in Europe; the other, Landfill, about men who watch gulls. He is also editing an anthology of new writing about place for Jonathan Cape and the organisation Common Ground.

Ellen Wilkinson

Ellen Wilkinson is a writer and artist. She recently contributed to Low Tides, a biannual artists’ joke book, and her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at The Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, Loop Festival of Video Art, Barcelona, and PACT Zollverein, Essen. She is currently working on Sleeping in Public, a collaborative moving image commission with Spike Island studio holder Katie Davis, for Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery (forthcoming 2017). Ellen is the Online Editor at Visual Arts South West. 

Visit Ellen Wilkinson's Website