Writer's Talk: Lynsey Hanley

26 Jan 2011

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

£4 full (£2 concession: Spike Island studioholders, Spike Associates, students, over-60s and disabled people)

Spike Island

Bristol, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 506 via Temple Meads
  • Bristol Temple Meads

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Author and journalist Lynsey Hanley, author of 'Estates: an intimate history', was born and raised just outside of Birmingham on what was then the largest council estate in Europe. Her first book Estates: an intimate history, published by Granta (2007), recounts the rise of social housing a century ago and its decline in the 1960s and ?70s. Estates is both a compelling social study and an intimate, humorous memoir charting Hanley?s own negotiation of the British class system.

Join us for a relaxed evening during which Hanley will read from and discuss Estates as well as expand upon her wider research into economic, social and spatial segregation, and the role played by education in social mobility.

This event has been programmed in response to Spike Island's upcoming exhibition, Maelfa by artist Sean Edwards. In Maelfa, a mixed media installation, Edwards has made a direct study of a 1970s municipal shopping centre on the outskirts of Cardiff, focusing on its disappearing communities and failed utopian aspirations as well as his own autobiographical relationship to this apparently marginal site.

Please reserve your place by calling 0117 9292266 or emailing and pay on the door.


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