Patrick Leigh Fermour
You’ve been out walking this week? For some air and exercise perhaps, or to think things over? In these cluttered and complicated times walking has been taken up by even more of us. Aside from numerous guides on walking, there are walking clubs, walking shows on TV, even walking apps. But this newly discovered way into health and well being has been with us for centuries and has often been embraced by that classic desk-dweller – the writer.
Duncan Minshull has published three books on the subject, including his latest BENEATH MY FEET, and will be discussing how walking and writing go shoulder to shoulder, whether it be various characters in fiction who ‘foot it’ to places, or the desk-dwellers themselves setting off to catch various sights, sounds and experiences for their latest essay or diary entry. Desk-dwellers, that is, from Petrarch in the 13th century to Will Self in the 21st. There are countless types to follow, and reasons to discuss how and why they use the simple act of walking in their work. But, is it ever that simple?