“The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge, about the new-mown mead; That is the Grasshopper’s.” On the Grasshopper and Cricket, John Keats In the midst of the summer heatwave and haze, we … Continue reading Ancient Droves and the Tolworth Area Plan →
--------------------------Below is the written component of the paper I presented in the Landscapes of Digital Games session – which I also co-convened – at the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Annual International C...
The latest in our series of Tolworth Treasure and the Hogsmill Hum walks is a walk across Tolworth Court Farm Fields, our local nature reserve. We will meet at the white bridge over the Hogsmill / Bonesgate Stream at 11am and take you on a journey through the ancient fields of Tolworth Court Farm, which … Continue reading Walk the Ancient Droves of Tolworth Court Farm, Sunday 12th August →
W. J. Watson has suggested that this is a Pictish water-word, cognate with OW gloiu ‘liquid’, W gloyw ‘shiny’ (1926, 470), while Jacob King prefers a Celtic root *gleiwo- ‘gleaming, clear’. Place Names of Fife (2006) A Saturday in late April 2018. It feels … Continue reading →
Outside Richard Jefferies’ House, Ewell Road “Jefferies left school at fifteen and at first continued his habits of solitary wanderings about the local countryside. He dressed carelessly and allowed his hair to grow down to his collar. This, with his “bent form and long, rapid stride made him an object of wonder in the … Continue reading Walking in Richard Jefferies’ Footsteps, Monday May 7th 2018 →
Two hours. I have just dropped off a bunch of excited teenagers at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink (now rebadged as Fife Ice Arena) for the afternoon skating session. With too little time to return home and do anything meaningful, it seems like … Continue reading →
1876 ≈ Out of the silence of centuries, discrete words will, one day, surface for us … Edmond Jabès text without words unheard conversation solitaire (listening to the light) setting sun reflects … Continue reading →
Did you know that one of our most cherished and important nature writers lived in Tolworth? Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) was born in Coate in Wiltshire, but moved to live in Tolworth, at 296 Ewell Road, from 1877 – 1882. During this time he wrote what is acknowledged to be his finest writing, some of which … Continue reading In the footsteps of Richard Jefferies – Part One →
The Tolworth Memory Tree has taken root at the Court Farm Cafe – Alison Fure has created a tree, and it even has mistletoe! The tree is starting to bloom and sprout memories of Tolworth. We would like it to blossom with as many memories from as many people as possible. The tree will still … Continue reading The Memory Tree and a Sunday Stroll to the Moated Manor →
It was a grey Saturday afternoon in September, and I was walking into Canterbury city centre. Heading to the public library in an attempt to get some work done, I took my usual route from Canterbury East train station: crossing the grassy oasis of the...
Aerated Waters Marchmont, Edinburgh P e r s e v e r e P e r s e v e r e P e r s e v e r e P e r s e v … Continue reading →
I am delighted to be performing a new collaboration with Susie Campbell at the opening of the Museum of Futures Visual Poetry exhibition, this Thursday, 22nd February. I am also thrilled to have a piece of work in the show. Last year Susie and I had great fun writing and performing a piece about soil, … Continue reading Museum of Futures Visual Poetry Exhibition 2018 →
Come and discover some of Tolworth’s ‘edgelands’ – find out what edgelands are and why they are important. This is the second of our ‘Tolworth Treasure and the Hogsmill Hum’ walks of 2018. The walk takes places on Sunday 25th February from 11am-2pm. Facebook event here We will meet outside the Hogsmill Pub (KT4 7PY) … Continue reading Walking the Tolworth Edgelands →
It was about as wet a day as it is possible to have in January, without it snowing. Persistent, doggedly determined precipitation meant that, understandably, many people who had been in touch to say they would be joining the walk, cancelled when they saw the weather that morning. But twelve intrepid adventurers gathered at the … Continue reading Walk the Hogsmill (Meeting the Tree) →
On the last day of 2017, the impossible textures of the sea . . A full moon emerges rises, observes . . Constant flux underfoot, new paths . Sustaining coastal energies, wind, sea spray changing colours of the tide Cloud and … Continue reading →
As if a breath freezes into veins of ice A sketch outlined on the silence of darkness From darkness an opening eye … Continue reading →
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"
Now playing: Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking
Haar gothic Graveyard off limits No herald angels sing today ≈≈≈ Dunfermline Abbey 21.12.17 Now playing: Erik Satie (played by Philip Corner) – ‘The Gothic Dances’ from Satie Slowly
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…"