Long listed for the WALKING HOME writing competition run in January & February 2022
It’s the direction you return from that dictates the atmosphere of home: from work from woods from retail parks from for-the-sake-of-walking - or some easterly objective at dawn at noon at dusk from being-in-the-walk in hail in gale or heat. The difference between up from town over from the swimming pool along from the bus stop still takes you by surprise. (Or the shortest version: back up the garden bike secured in shed.) At what point after how long how far did you leave behind the thoughts you took outside? Sometimes on the doorstep, it takes last-minute grace to stop you bringing frets or judgements back inside again and carry across the threshold a little bit of west-south-west, of street or desire path. You bring in hill-homes, cliff-path or tow-path homes that you’ve walked into relationship with your habitable-home.
Read more from the Long List of poems and stories submitted to the WALKING HOME writing competition. Watch winning authors reading their work on the video of the Write About Walking Home showcase event that took place on Sunday 25 September 2022.
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