Dr Holly Corfield Carr, Murray Edwards




Biographical Information

Holly Corfield Carr is a writer and Research Fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. She researches site-specific art and writing practices from the nineteenth-century to the contemporary and, within her own writing practice, makes poems, publications and performances, most recently for the Hayward Gallery, BBC Radio 4 and a passenger ferry called Matilda. She has previously held fellowships and residencies at the Henry Moore Institute, the National Trust, the Wordsworth Trust, Spike Island and the University of Bristol. She received the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015 and an Eric Gregory Award in 2012.

Selected Publications


  • Subsong (National Trust, 2018)
  • Indifferent Cresses (Trust New Art, 2018)
  • Mine (Spike Island, 2014)

Book Chapters

'20th–21st Century' in The Cambridge Handbook of Literature and Plants, ed. Bonnie Lander Johnson (CUP, 2023)

‘‘As a burnt circle’: Thomas Hardy’s Visible Voices’ in Excavating Modernity: Physical, Temporal and Psychological Strata in Literature, 1900-1930, eds. Eleanor Dobson, Gemma Banks (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018)


'Composite Ghosts: a doubleeyed reading of Thomas Hardy's The Well-Beloved', The Cambridge Quarterly, 46.1 (2017), 1–20