Words at The Black Swan, Peter Hayes Exhibition. The opening of each new exhibition at Frome’s Black Swan Arts Centre is followed by Words in the Gallery, bringing writers together to explore the work and respond in writing. This month’s workshop was inspired by Clare Hind and Clare Qualmann’s Ways to Wander the Gallery, a project hosted […]
John Payne in W.G Sebald’s Footsteps…. There is no doubt in my mind that Austerlitz Station in Paris is the key to this rather enigmatic novel which draws a personal and emotional and rather misleading map of Europe, said John, misleading in that the novel appears to be meandering nowhere and the story and […]
‘A map can tell me how to find a place I have not seen, but have often imagined. When I get there, following the map faithfully, the place is not the place of my imagination. Maps, growing ever more real, are much less true.’ Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry A map constitutes relationships and connections, […]
Q: You walk out of your door. You do not know how far you will go, how long it will take, if or when, you will return?… Read more "Beginnings, Middles & Endings"
We walk for many reasons – utility, leisure, relaxation. Sometimes alone, sometimes with others. Walking is an act of connecting, with ourselves, our thoughts, with the… Read more "An invitation to walk creatively…"
by Josie Melia If I’d been a sheep in the North, I could have been hefted. Traditionally, ewes heft their lambs from an early age, teaching them… Read more "Hefted"
Maggie Peake describes her relationship with walking as ambiguous. One wet September morning, walking the South Downs, Maggie decided to ponder on the reasons for this,… Read more "What Does Walking Mean To Me?"
Walking, Connecting and Creating Writing the Map has been exploring the dynamic relationship between place, walking and identity through a series of events and walkshops, focusing on… Read more "Walking, Writing, Connecting"
by Rosamund Cran What does it mean to document a walk and what can arise from this process? To make a record, to record, to remember, to… Read more "Walking Forwards & Backwards"
‘Feelings are bound up in place, and in art, from time to time, place undoubtedly works upon genius.’ Eudora Welty The two Walkshops in Brighton and… Read more "Walking Explorations (natural and unnatural)"
When does instinct kick in? The moment you head out of the door, impulsive, intuitively ready for the drift, or before that, lying in bed, considering places… Read more "Protocol 6 – Instinct, False Starts and Vacancies"
Baudrillard famously said ‘hence, the map precedes the territory,’ suggesting maps can conceptualise terrains and construct solid topologies, without needing to set a foot on… Read more "Protocol 5 – The View from the Map"
How to pay attention to the walk, to one’s feet, one’s breath, the swish of a jacket against skin, the smell of diesel or elderflower blossom; if… Read more "Protocol 4 Mindful Walking"
A phone app created for the 21st century deriver – requiring no imagination or forethought, all you have to do is show up with your phone, calibrate… Read more "Protocol 3: DRIFT App (a tool for getting lost in familiar places)"
A favourite Letterist trick to promote random and playful ways of walking was to place a glass down on a map and draw around it and walk… Read more "Protocol 2 Walking the circle"
I walked with a friend from Falmer to Lewes. I wore new Berghaus boots. She carried a sketch pad and a bag of almonds. ‘Identity is… Read more "Protocol 1 – Identity, Herzog & The Examined Walk"