Poetry and Illustration Workshop

Saturday 26 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Holly Corfield Carr

Holly Corfield Carr

Dr Rose Ferraby

Dr Rose Ferraby

Geologic Encounters

Poetry & Illustration Workshop with Holly Corfield Carr and Rose Ferraby

presented by Guillemot Press

A stone is a knot of earthy relationships. On the one hand, its chunky materiality might tug us towards echoey, expanses of geological time. Weighing the same stone in the other hand, we might notice the fray of texture and shape or even a smell which ties the rock back into our own relationships with the land, our memories and personal encounters.

In this workshop, we will unravel a stone. We will furtle below its surface to see what we can find at its heart. To do this we will combine visual and textual modes of working, exploring the physical action of making a line, a tone, a form in an image at the same time as language. You will be provided with your own stone and your tutors, poet Holly Corfield Carr and illustrator Rose Ferraby, will guide playful and adventurous expeditions across these pocket-sized and portable landscapes.

We welcome those of all skills. All materials and stones provided. 


Holly Corfield Carr received an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. She is currently completing her PhD in site-specific writing practices at the University of Cambridge and her work has been installed in various sites from a passenger ferry to an eighteenth-century crystal grotto as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Radio 3 Proms.

She is currently poet-in-residence at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield where she is researching the ‘root houses’ of the Romantic poets. Previous residencies have included the Wordsworth Trust, Spike Island, the Curfew Tower, the Henry Moore Institute and the Bristol Poetry Institute. Her next two pamphlets will be published in June and October this year in collaboration with the National Trust and Falmouth University.

Dr Rose Ferraby is an illustrator and archaeologist currently based at Cambridge University.  She studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, an MFA in Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, and a PhD in Cultural Geography at Exeter University. In 2013 she produced Stonework (Group VI Press) with Mark Edmonds: an exploration of Neolithic axe production in Cumbria through poetry and printmaking. She won the Michael Marks Award for Illustration 2017 for The Tender Map by Melanie Challenger (Guillemot Press). Rose continues to explore ideas of landscape and earth through a mix of illustration, archaeology and creative writing practice.