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Islands of Women Collective: In conversation with Quay Words Writer-in-Residence Alice Albinia, Rose Gibbs and Léonie Hampton

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Islands of Women Collective: In conversation with Quay Words Writer-in-Residence Alice Albinia, Rose Gibbs and Léonie Hampton


The Islands of Women Collective, including current writer-in-residence Alice Albinia and artists Léonie Hampton and Rose Gibbs, will discuss collaborations across genres, their recent work together on film, and producing work that draws on their individual and shared research and practice, including Alice’s books. The audience will be encouraged to join the conversation with a Q&A.

You can also save a seat here to watch the live-stream online.

Islands of Women Collective is a multi-disciplinary creative practice, set up to explore ancient and contemporary feminist cultures. It takes its name from Alice’s literary research into a series of ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval texts, all of which allude to British islands once ruled by women, including a late-medieval nationhood myth for ‘Albion’ about the flight of a group of Syrian women to the then-uninhabited islands of Britain. The collective enact metaphorical rites of passage by performing walks between islands, across sea-bed now passable at low tide but which – with rising sea levels – will be permanently covered in the future. In so doing they reflect on our ecological inheritance, link the climate crisis and its part in conflicts that have led to mass migration and draw out the relationship between work women traditionally do, caring for others, and the work of caring for the earth. The collective seeks to find new visual, performative and literary languages, to revive old stories and create new ones that promotes and protects a more nurturing approach to the land and our bodies.

About the collective

Alice Albinia is the award-winning author of twinned works of fiction and non-fiction. Her two new books are about Britain and its islands. The Britannias, a portrait of Britain which knocks the centre out, is forthcoming from Allen Lane/WW Norton in 2023. Her new novel, Cwen, set on an archipelago off the east coast of Britain which comes under female rule, out now with Serpent’s Tail, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

Rose Gibbs is an artist with several different strands to her practice: using the voice in participatory performances, sculpture, writing, organising and presenting talks and collaborating with others. All are interconnected and attempt to elicit thinking about gender and its role in shaping the cultural landscape where the place of women seems fragile.

Léonie Hampton lives and works in Devon. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in the U.K. France, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Vienna, Italy and Canada. Successive photo-based projects have been funded by Wellcome Trust and the British Council and her 16-part photo Installation was purchased for the permanent collection of the MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie – Ville de Paris) in 2008.  In 2011 her award-winning 184-page book In the shadow of things was published by Contrasto (Italy).

This event will be in-person at Exeter Custom House and is Pay What You Can. There is also the option to attend all of Alice’s events on Sunday 4th December by purchasing our Pay What You Can writer-in-residence all day ticket.

We have increased capacity at Quay Words events, so you may be sitting next to someone who is not in your household. We are still taking precautions to ensure our audiences are protected from Covid 19. We will be keeping windows open to ensure good ventilation in the building so you may want to bring an extra layer. Please do not attend Quay Words events if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or are feeling unwell. This event is going to be filmed for live broadcast on Crowdcast. You may appear on screen. Please only book if you are happy with this.

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  • Date(s)

    • Sun 4th Dec 2022 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

  • Times

    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

  • Location

    Exeter Custom House 46 The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AN

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