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Novel Writers – Spike Island – two authors

Novel Writers

Spike Island hosts debut authors each month at their Novel Writers event.  In January there are two authors.

On Wednesday, January 25, Yaa Gyasi reads from and discusses her debut novel Homegoing at Waterstones, Galleries.

Wednesday 25 January, 7–8pm

Waterstones, 11A Union Galleries, Broadmead Bristol BS1 3XD

Homegoing begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver.
Book your place (please note: this event is taking place at Waterstones, Bristol Galleries)

On  Thursday 26 January, 6.30–8pm, Wyl Menmuir reads from and discusses The Many.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016, The Many, by Cornish writer Wyl Menmuir is an unsettling ecological parable that explores the impact of loss and the devastation that hits when the foundations on which we rely are swept away.

I thought I was the audience…

… and then I looked at you.


by Ruth Claxton

The exhibition took place at a gallery at the University of Essex in 2005. A room full of small figurines all around the shelves on the edges. From the centre of the room, the dolls would be all staring at the audience if their eyes weren’t covered up. Streamers, a flower, green extensions, big sunglasses and all types of items provide the cover. So while we’re looking at them they are quite specifically not looking at us.

Another of Ruth Claxton’s exhibitions is on display at Spike Island in Bristol according to her website. It was last dated 2009 so I’m not sure if it’s still there but I’ll happily go and find out.

Update: I found out through the Spike Island web site that the Ruth Claxton exhibition took place between 31 January – 15 March 2009 and was called Land’s End.

Art in Bristol, a fair amount

I finally finished reading the Guardian’s Guide (Saturday 11 April) this morning and have now added some art exhibitions to my list of things to see. As I’ve put in the effort of typing them out I thought I would share the fun and locations. See some of the following for a lovely little cultural addition. Some end soon.

The Art of 3rd Eye at the Grain Barge for some Graffiti art. Sat, Sun, Tue-Fri 12 noon – 11pm to 2 May, free

Michael Auder: The New Cut film documenting scenarios the artist encountered – Picture This, Mardyke Ferry Rd, Sat, Fri, Thu 12 – 5.30 to April 17

Alinah Azadeh and Rosa Nguyen: The Shape of Things, Textile and Ceramic artist, City Museum, Queens Road

Amanda Beech: Sanity Assassin, Multimedia and Sculpture, Spike Island, Cumberland Road, Sat and Sun 11-5pm

Emma Bennett – Performance artist explains the nature of language, Arnolfini to 18 April,

Sarah Crew and Chris Holman: Once viewed from Afar, Photography and Paintings Centrespace Gallery, Leonard Lane, Sat-Wed 10-5, Thu 10-2

H20 Space: Young People and the Cultural Olympiad, Designs for the regeneration of Weymouth’s waterfront, The Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay, Sat and Sun 12 – 5, Tue-Fri 11-5 to 9 May