New Collaboration with Holly Corfield Carr and the National Trust

Award-winning poet Holly Corfield Carr will be collaborating with the National Trust and Falmouth University to bring together a collection of poems inspired by the rich history and natural beauty of East Soar, Devon.

In an article featured previously in The Bookseller, Katie Bond, head of publishing at the National Trust, commented on the project:

‘It opens up publishing to a wider student demographic than the restrictions of work experience in London publishing houses and celebrates the power of great writing to connect people and place. The National Trust is proud to have collaborated with Falmouth University in publishing Wyl Menmuir’s story – In Dark Places – in 2017 and is much looking forward to Holly Corfield Carr’s response to the stunning Devon coastline in her new poetry collection.'

Dr Niamh Downing, Head of English and Writing added:

‘Holly’s work is exciting and original, responding to place and nature in a way that resonates with the research and writing of our own department and correlates with the National Trust’s ethos.’

Holly Corfield Carr is a writer with an interest in poetry inspired by place, memory and writing outdoors. In 2012, she was the winner of the Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors for young poets and writers, and in 2015 won the Frieze Writer’s Prize, an international award for discovering and promoting a generation of new art critics. Holly has performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms and has been awarded residencies at the Wordsworth Trust, the University of Bristol and the international contemporary art centre Spike Island.

Praise for Holly Corfield Carr

‘Holly Corfield Carr is a sorceress surveyor of place: she probes its history, respects its mystery, invokes its hidden spirit.’ - Chloe Aridjis, novelist and judge of the Frieze Writer’s Prize 2015.
‘The multiplicity, originality and lustre of [MINE] should be a challenge and an inspiration to traditional poetry publishers.’ - Harry Giles, Sabotage Reviews
‘Her piece was intimately, lovingly site-responsive.’ – Phil Owen, CCQ Magazine

This will the second book in a series of pocket-sized site-specific literary responses to stunning National Trust locations, and it will feature specialist input from the MA Authorial Illustration staff and students, who will design the cover and illustrations.

The title will be launched at the South West Outdoor festival in East Soar in October 2018. 

You can read an extract of last year's project, In Dark Placeshere.

Praise for In Dark Places

In Dark Places leads us ever-deeper into the Cheddar caves, away from the tourist shallows and towards an underworld where few people have ventured and still fewer come out. It’s a cool, polished tale that contains dizzying depths; a whispered ghost-story that makes a vast haunted house of the ground beneath our feet.
Xan Brooks, author of The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times