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Tamsin Grainger

(United Kingdom)

Walking the Land

Tamsin Grainger
I am a walker, writer, collector of images and sounds, and Shiatsu practitioner. Until Covid-19 restricted my travel bug, I lived in Edinburgh for half the year and moved around Europe for the other 6 months. I am mostly in Scotland now, although have recently returned from the International Walking Encounters Conference in Cataluña. What a ball we had!

My first sound/art installation is in the Trinity Tunnel of the Edinburgh cycle path network - No Birds Land (shortlisted for Sound Walk September 2021) and my second has just gone up at Granton Harbour. The Wall has a distinctive voice. It is not shy to speak, indeed it wants to be heard, it has something to say.

I presented a series of mini-pilgrimages in Catalonia under the overall title of Separation and Unity, and Body Walking at the Walking as a Question (Prespa) event. Also a Tree-Feeling Walk at the Urban Tree Festival 2021, and Walking Between Worlds as part of the Terminalia Festival of Psychogeography 2020. Walk This Weekend #walkgoesviral featured in the walkcreate gallery and the Social Art Library, a Death Walk for Life was a Tea Ceremony and walk as part of Borrowed Time (art.earth), and Precarious is a sound film which was part of Walking the Land's presentation at the University of the Highands and Islands Edge conference in December 2021. In October 2021, I walked the Pilgrimage for COP26 from Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland, to Glasgow across the Central Belt of Scotland and along the Firth of Forth.

I regularly participate in drifts and works by other walking artists - A Different Lens (Billie Penfold), Fay Stevens' Cabinet of Curiosity, Stephanie Whitelaw and Elise Ashby's Peripheri, with Blake Morris, Morag Rose, Kel Portman, and Sonia Overall - and I am a member of the Women Who Walk network.
I hold online Death Cafes, and have extensive experience in Embodiment Practices and Touch for Grief. Clipp'd Wings (which featured on the Walking Artists Network and other websites) is an art project addressing what it is like to 'stay put' (lockdown 1), and my walk-essays have been featured in Caught by the River.

Work in progress: Walking Between Worlds will be a Leith walk on the Curious Edinburgh app; In early 2020, my Shetland trip was cancelled, so my interviews with women who live there, about place and belonging, were made over the phone while we each walked in our own countries.
This, and many other projects, can be found on my blog walkingwithoutadonkey.com and on my main website.
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plodge

The Scottish and English word plodging has been wading through the lexical muck and mire since the late 1700s, and it refers to icky, slow, molasses-type walking. Plodge is probably a variation of plod. This word isn’t totally out of use, as a 1995 use from British magazine The Countryman illustrates: “Northbound Pennine Wayfarers, plodging through the interminable peat-bogs of the North Pennines.” Even if you have a spring in your step, it’s tough to skip merrily through the peat-bogs. Credits to Mark Peters.

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