30 Jun 2019 | Reading and Walking

65. Carl Lavery, “Teaching Performance Studies: 25 Instructions for Performance in Cities”

In Walking’s New Movement: Opportunities, Decelerations and Beautiful Obstacles in the Performances, Politics, Philosophies and Spaces of Contemporary Radical Walking, Phil Smith includes Carl Lavery’s article, “Teaching Performance Studies: 25 Instructions for Performance in Cities,” in a list of exemplary publications about walking. Why not take a look, I thought? Lavery is a walking artist—his account […]

30 Jun 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 45

Elkwater, AlbertaA perfect summer day. The campgrounds are full, and Elkwater Lake beach is crowded. The trails weaving through the hills and valleys above the town, however, are almost empty - cool, shady, green, and quiet. There are only a few mountain bikers, red squirrels, and maybe an unseen cougar in the trees. I think about tree-bathing: it certainly feels good, even nourishing, to be in the forest. Location: Elkwater, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, AlbertaLength: 5 kmCo [...]

29 Jun 2019 | Reading and Walking

62. Nick Papadimitriou, Scarp

I keep seeing references (in Phil Smith’s work, but elsewhere, too) to Nick Papadimitriou’s “deep topography.” What does deep topography mean? Why do other walkers see it as an important model? There was only one way to find out: to read Papadimitriou’s book, Scarp.  Like other psychogeographical texts, Scarp consists of multiple layers: accounts of […]

29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Radical Inns and Coffee Houses of London

Radical inns, taverns, alehouses, coffee houses, homes, houses, chapels, Institutes, debating clubs and Spencean ‘free and easies’ Derived from a reading of Radical Underworld by Ian McCalman, Radical Culture: Discourse, Resistance and Surveillance ...

29 Jun 2019 | Radical Stroud

Thomas Spence

Part the First Hear his Trumpet of Jubilee Take us far beyond the Tom Paine’s The Rights of Man, Far beyond votes and politics To agrarianism and ‘The People’s Farm’: The Jubilee, the day of freedom, The end of landlords when land would be held i...

29 Jun 2019 | 33 Temple

‘No holiday’ – York, UK

A recent visit back to the UK to see my parents gave me an opportunity to take my 'No holiday' performance on a further episode, this time in the historic city of York.The trip to York spanned two days, which didn't give me much flexibility if the weat...

27 Jun 2019 | Reading and Walking

61. Phil Smith, On Walking . . . and Stalking Sebald: A Guide to Going Beyond Wandering Around Looking At Stuff

As is appropriate for mythogeography, On Walking . . . and Stalking Sebald: A Guide to Going Beyond Wandering Around Looking At Stuff, Phil Smith’s book about following in the footsteps of the late novelist W.G. Sebald’s walk in East Anglia is made up of different layers—theoretical and tactical discussions of mythogeography, and an account of […]

27 Jun 2019 | Talking Walking

Horatio Clare talking walking

Within striking distance of Hebden Bridge, as dusk falls, accompanied by his dog Freda, radio producer, presenter and writer, Horatio Clare takes Andrew Stuck on a ‘slow walk’ close to his home in an area known as Hard Castle Crags.  The sky above us fills with insects and the birds and bats that feed on them.  […]

24 Jun 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

We have just returned from a wild weekend at the Bamff beaver project in Perthshire. Bamff hosts the longest established population of reintroduced beavers in Scotland and is located amidst the growing population of beavers in the Tay valley. The Ramsay family, who own the estate, are key players in current debates about beaver…

24 Jun 2019 | Spaziergangswissenschaft

Germany’s Ugliest City Tour

Der Klassiker der Ugliest City Tours – ein ausgedehnter Spaziergang durch die Innenstadt von Ludwigshafen zu den vermeintlich schrecklichsten Orten der angeblich hässlichsten Stadt dieses Landes. Vorbei an peinlichen Bausünden, ödem Leerstand und drast...