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 artists 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. Walking and psychogeography are the basis of my current PhD research thesis. My limited edition ‘Drift Deck’, a deck of cards for psychogeographers, was created in 2017.

In 2015 I set up the Women Who Walk network for creatives and academics:
www.women-who-walk.org  @womenwhowalknet  #womenwhowalknet

 

some of my walks and walking-related projects:

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
#mishtory

 

Walkshop and Soundshot    public walkshop & performance

Boldhsaves, 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

 

Priory labyrinth    turf labyrinth at Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury, Kent: September 2015

created for Re-enchanting the Academy conference at CCCU
site maintained by CCCU grounds & gardens

labyrinth project awarded 'Faculty Teaching Innovation Prize' 2016

 

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)