Don your hiking boots and discover new poetry pathways
Walking and poetry are such excellent companions. Both ask for feet, beat, motion, observation and contemplation. Walking has been crucial to the practice of countless writers, from Baudelaire to Blake and Woolf to Whitman; and centuries before the Romantic notion of walking in nature took hold, Aristotle taught whilst strolling around the Lyceum. Recent research confirms what these writers and thinkers knew instinctively: that walking enhances creativity. On this course, we will be exploring the history, philosophy and art of walking and walkers. We’ll be reading and writing poems about walking and taking inspiration from the accounts of adventurers past and present, as well as fictional walkers from early literature onwards. We will encounter countryside ramblers, hardcore hikers and flâneurs. There will be practical options alongside meanders of the mind. We’ll sing of the clarity that walking brings but also probe its discomforts and walking for something other than pleasure. We will stride and dawdle and enjoy the view, taking in work by Helen Mort, Alice Oswald, Matsuo Bashō, Chaucer, Dorothy and William Wordsworth, Ruth Wiggins, Kei Miller, Robert McFarlane, Rebecca Solnit, Emily Hasler and many more. Lace up your boots and walk with me!
5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats 7-9pm GMT on Wednesdays, first live chat starting 23 Jan.
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‘It’s the most meaningful part of my week. My tutor has been incredibly helpful and supportive and the group is full of poets of an extremely high standard who are also warm supportive and interesting people.’