aboutSpike Archipelago is a collaborative literature project and a series of outdoor workshops for writers and artists in Bristol, running throughout Autumn 2013.

Full schedule listed here.

Led by Spike Island‘s writer-in-residence Holly Corfield Carr, the workshops are open, accessible and experimental ― and she invites you to join her.

Throughout its duration Spike Archipelago will be mapping contributed texts online, here, as well as leaving evidence on the island itself with a growing collection of miniature plastic sightseeing guides, which you can learn how to make in December’s workshop.


Spike Island is a gallery and centre for contemporary art and design in Bristol.

Spike Island is also a real island in the middle of the city.

Most visitors might not even notice they have stepped off the mainland.  This little and long slip of land is pinned in place with swing bridges, flyovers and locks which keep the island anchored between two ribbons of water: one is the gleaming harbourside, the other is the gluey mud of the New Cut.

Spike Island is and is not an island.  We will and we will not write together.  We will get lost and map out a hundred  islands, each laid over the other, to find out way back.  We will work out an ending and go for coffee instead.


Holly Corfield Carr is Writer-in-Residence at Spike Island, with support from Arts Council England.  She is a poet and fiction writer and she received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012.   You can follow Holly on twitter and her blog.