A/Way Day to Merstham: A Ginkgo Prize ‘Hike n’ Write’

A/Way Day to Merstham: A Ginkgo Prize ‘Hike n’ Write’

A 'hike n' write' with poet and walker, Rachel Piercey

A new idea from the Poetry School! A/Way Days are somewhere between a nature ramble, a poetry-workshop-in-motion and a pilgrimage…

Join us on this pilot outing on a poetic hike around the lovely surroundings of Merstham, Surrey, taking in trees, wildflowers, and ten astonishing standing stones carved with poems and philosophy. We’ll meet at a café in the picturesque Anglo-Saxon village and strike off into the countryside on a circular route, stopping for inspiration, recitations, writing exercises and drafting time along the way. Journey’s end will be a pub in the village, to toast our walk and polish our poems. Come and make friends, draw in lungfuls of fresh air, and nurture some new poems!

Nearest train station: Merstham, 28 minutes from London Bridge or 35 minutes from London Victoria.

Meet: 10-11am at Hunger’s End Café, Merstham, a two minute walk from the station. Rachel will be there from 10am to chat to everyone as they arrive and start off with a poetry activity. We will set off at 11am on the dot!

End: We will aim to reach Feathers Hotel, Merstham, at 3pm, for an hour of debriefing, drafting and feedback before the day ends at 4pm. Feathers Hotel is a four minute walk from Merstham Station.

Difficulty level: Medium – some hills – but we will be rambling rather than racing.

To bring:

+ Notepad
+ Pens
+ Something to lean on
+ A favourite nature poem
+ Plenty of water
+ Packed lunch
+ Boots made for walking
+ Weather-appropriate clothing
+ Optional: treats to share
+ Optional: something to sit on (benches are scarce!)

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

About Rachel Piercey View Profile

Rachel Piercey is a poet, editor, tutor and enthusiastic walker. Rachel’s poems have been published in The Rialto, Magma, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry News and The Poetry Review and she has two pamphlets with the Emma Press, and her most recent, Disappointing Alice, is published by Happenstance Press. She has previously run courses for Poetry School on writing for children, happy poems, and, of course, walking. She has walked both the North Downs Way and the South Downs Way.


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