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5 Mar, 2023

We are in the world week of books with today the world day of e-books, a moment to celebrate as well  our now more than 1000 subscribers of walk · listen · create’s weekly newsletter. 

Dont miss out as well on, our website’s book review section, highlighting many publications about walking art.

If you publish(ed) a book that you believe should be listed there, let us know. 

The history of books about walking may have all started with the iconic “Walking” of  Henry David Thoreau. Rich in the author’s personal experience and composed out of ten years of walking and thinking about his walks. through observing nature and his contemporary world. He transformed “Walking” as a new critique of the existing society, a relevance that walking arts books have more than ever today. 

Who could have said it better:

“We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return; prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only, as relics to our desolate kingdoms. If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again; if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man; then you are ready for a walk.”

World day of e-books would not be complete without  a link to the e-book of “Walking” 

Some more writing and reading coming up this week at the Urban Tree Festival creative writing workshop (online) with Joanna Wolfarth.  You have still time till 13 March to send your submission to the UTF Writing Competition 

If you are in London or in Bath, check out as well  the launch of the book Writing Walking by the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London

or the event On the Resilience of the Dead Silence and the Crisis of Imagination, a talk and walk with Richard White in the footsteps of Jane Austen. 

See you online!

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Upcoming events

2023-03-08 19:00 ·
An informal presentation with discussion referring to a series of walking-with provocations in Bath (UK) The event will be streamed. Registration essential Keep reading
2023-03-08 20:00 · Online
Back by popular demand – for all of you who like DEADLINES – this event is set to run just five days from the closing of this year’s Festival writing competition. H... Keep reading
2023-03-09 17:30 · Laurie Grove, London, UK
Launch of the booklet ‘Writing Walking: One day in Spring during global pandemic’ an edited collection from the Centre for Urban and Community Research ‘What happen... Keep reading
2023-03-11 13:00 · Bath, UK
A short walk in a public garden, formerly a private space for the wealthy of the city. Some steps and kerbs. All on hard standing. Working dogs welcome. Registrat... Keep reading
11 - 26 Mar, 2023 ·
Sunrise walks through 26 March 2023. Walk from fifteen minutes before the sunrise until fifteen minutes after from wherever you are, in consideration of the time ch... Keep reading
13 - 17 Mar, 2023 · Guimaraes, Portugal
The Walking Body 4 (TWB4) is an international gathering of walking artists, organized since 2018, in the Portuguese city of Guimarães, at Bairro C and the Art Galle... Keep reading
2023-03-16 10:45 · Forest of Dean District, UK
Artist led walk with textile artist Sara Rickard starting from Dean Heritage Museum for easy route around Soudley pond where you’ll be encouraged to explore & resp... Keep reading

From our network

Day 1061 - Exclusion Zones and 3.8 km drawing Keep reading
Day 1060 - Ratiocination and 2.8 km drawing. Keep reading
Walking as Artistic Practice gets more real with every step of the publishing process. This weekend I’m spending some time indexing. If you haven’t already, sign u... Keep reading
A story inspired by a frosty walk across the marshes The world was frost. Across the marshes, the ice was thick – even the mud was frozen. Eira stood amidst the gli... Keep reading
People in the country think I’m a serial killer, because I walk without a dog. It’s obvious I have bad intentions – and most probably, murder on my mind – in the ab... Keep reading
I have started to a few some morning walks along the coast with Maya. As she is still just 11 weeks old we need to continue to avoid other dogs until she has her se... Keep reading
Dear friends, It’s First Sunday This Sunday and so time for a loiter. Join us 2pm this Sunday, 5th March, outside the entrance to MOSI (Museum of Science and Indus... Keep reading

Stuff we found

Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes! In other words, you should try not to criticize people before getting to know them and their personal Source: ... Keep reading
Exploring on foot is the best way to connect with the city. Source: How to join a walking tour through Paris for free | Keep reading
New to the Parish: Fatemeh Amerehi arrived from Iran in 2021 Source: ‘Sometimes Google Maps doesn’t work and Irish people help by walking you to the place you want’... Keep reading

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“Icelandic culture is infused with stories of travel. When names were needed for modern machines, the technology that enables our imaginations to travel, words were chosen that centred on the quality of roaming. Thus the neologism for laptop is fartölva, formed from the verb far, meaning to migrate, and tölva – migrating computer’; its companion, the external hard drive, is a flakkari. The latter word can also mean ‘wanderer’ or ‘vagrant’. In the end it’s the wanderers we rely on.” From Nancy Campbell’s “The Library of Ice”.

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