walking & psychogeography

For many years I’ve been walking, writing, writing about walking and using walks to write. This has culminated in an interest in psychogeography, walking arts and the relationship between walking and ideation.

I have led public and invited walks and walkshops, written academic papers and presented at conferences on walking and writing. I am a member of the Walking Artists Network and the founder of Women Who Walk. My limited edition ‘Drift Deck’, a deck of cards for psychogeographers, was created in 2017.

See also my use of ‘contained’ walking with labyrinths and Distance Drifts during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

In 2015 I set up the Women Who Walk network for creatives and academics:
www.women-who-walk.org  @womenwhowalknet  #womenwhowalknet
interview: BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking feature, 'O what we ben!' project (iPlayer)
interview: RTE Radio Inside Culture feature, Mishtory Tours (SoundCloud)
some of my walks and walking-related projects:

pause/play  public walk and intervention

Gravesend, Kent: 12 & 13th October 2019 
A playful walk exploring the quality of momentary pauses. Part of a walk with Thread and Word, organised by Elspeth Penfold, for the Reflect Arts & Minds project, LV21

Poetry walk  public walk and intervention

Sandwich, Kent: 14th September 2019
A gentle walk around Sandwich, reading ecopoetry and nature poems in public spaces. Meet at St Peter's Church Sandwich, 14:45 for 15:00 start. Twelve sited poems on display around the town during the festival.  
created for Sandwich Arts Week

Streetwalking  public walk and research event

Margate, Kent: 17th March 2019
What does literature have to say about women walking in public spaces? 
An interactive walk with texts that encourages women to take up public space and reflect on walking the streets.
created for POW!Thanet Festival
View the walking women's manifesto and survival kit created on the day

International Women’s Day  synchronised walk

8th March 2019
Women Who Walk Network synchronised solidarity walk. Join in wherever you are: http://women-who-walk.org/walk-in-solidarity-on-8th-march/ 
In collaboration with POW!Thanet Festival

Walking with Women’s Suffrage in Margate  public walk

Margate, Kent: 7th March 2018
with composer Lillian Henley
Creative, interactive walk revisiting the sites and activities of suffragettes in Margate
created for POW!Thanet Festival

Psycho Geography: on the trail of the monster  performance lecture

Canterbury, Kent: 8th February 2018
Performance lecture at the Sidney Cooper Gallery
celebrating 200 years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
created for The Centre for Practice-based Research, Canterbury Christ Church University

O what we ben!  text mapping and walking project

Canterbury, Kent: launch 17th November 2017
                  led walks 17th, 24th & 25th November 2017
Interactive mapping and walking project with Dr Michael Bintley reimagining Canterbury through the textual landscapes of Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker and the Anglo-Saxon poem Andreas
created for Being Human and the Folkestone Book Festival

Crater to Mound  public walk

Canterbury, Kent: 4th November 2017
a walk taking in two inverse and ambiguous Canterbury landmarks, responding to the works of artist Bethan Lloyd Worthington. Part of the associated events for Shell-Lit Siambr, finding references and resonances with the Sidney Cooper Gallery exhibition.

Drift Deck  public workshop

Kentish Town, London: 12th October 2017
interactive workshop using my Drift Deck
part of the event ‘how often do you feel restless or fidgety?’ 
organised by Rebekah Dean for ADHD awareness month

Mishtory Tour  public walkshop

Huddersfield: 9th & 10th September 2017
a misguided history tour and alternative heritage of place
created for the Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography

Walkshop and Soundshot    public walkshop & performance

Boldshaves, Kent: 16th July 2017
a public workshop and site-specific performance, using psychogeographical techniques, sensory description and text mapping, followed by a group 'soundshot' performance
created for the Wealden literary Festival

Walking with Riddley    conference field trip

Wye Valley, Kent: 23rd June 2017
a tour of the Bundel Downs and Mr Clevvers Roaling Place 
an experiential essay on Russell Hoban's cult novel Riddley Walker
created for the Sense of Place conference, CCCU

Walk Like Wells   public walk

Folkestone, Kent: 19th November 2016
a dystopian derive inspired by The War of the Worlds
created for The Folkestone Book Festival

Symbolic Walking   student walkshop

Canterbury, Kent: 12th November 2016
labyrinths, secular stations and collaborative walking with students from MA in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, Canterbury Christ Church University

English Heritage   consultancy and workshops

Augustine Abbey, Canterbury, Kent: 2016 - 2017
using psychogeography and counter-tourism with curatorial team and family focus groups to develop new interactive resources for the site
Walmer Castle, Walmer, Kent: August 2016
counter-tourism wander and workshop with castle volunteers

Walking Heritage    public walks and walkshops

Sandwich, Kent: August & September 2016

with expertise from the Sandwich History Society, the Royal Geographical Society, English Heritage and Phil Smith (Crab Man)

funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
supported by Canterbury Christ Church University and Bringing Alive Sandwich Heritage (BASH)

Walk Ways   campus walks at Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury, Kent: May - July 2016; April - May 2017

a series of walks with Victoria Field and Simon Wilson
funded by Futures Initiative, CCCU

Wild Food Walks    public foraging walks

Sandwich, Kent: August 2008 - June 2009
a series of four seasonal public foraging walks, cooking & tastings

funded by Dover Health & Wellbeing Fund 
supported by Bringing Alive Sandwich Heritage (BASH)