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Why do you walk?

15 Jan, 2023

A direct question for which would like to hear your answers.

This is the time of year when people make resolutions, for some it is to walk more often for health reasons: individual, public or planet health.

In the last 30 years, in the UK especially, walking for health has grown tremendously through what is described as ‘social prescribing’ but also as it has become big business, with private health insurers keen to seduce new clients, by offering discounts and benefits for those who walk more.

The benefits of walking are well known to our readers but to many, they are still an anathema.  We at walk · listen · create want to build bridges between our creative community, with public health and those individuals seeking to make their lifestyles healthier.  

Can you help us build those bridges? We are looking for creatives who already incorporate healthy initiatives in their practice whether it is as a walking therapist, or through offering walking meditations or spiritual renewal, or creative writing to improve mental health. In May this year the UK celebrates creativity and wellbeing and walking in nature, and we believe there are great opportunities for walking creatives to expand their reach.  

You don’t have to wait until May to get involved with our programmes, coming out shortly is the announcement of the winner of the Sound Walk September Award, and we also have a Walking Detective meet up to which we hope you will come and join us, as we search archives and seek out fellow walking creative practitioners from around the world.  And should the urge take you, why not put pen to paper and submit a story or poem to the Urban Tree Festival writing competition, that reveals the “Secrets of the Trees”.

Keep walking!

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GPS, geo-poetic system

Geo-poetic system was a term coined by Lucy Frears during locative media art research (published 2017). The basis of geopoetics, a theory and practice developed by Scottish philosopher and poet Kenneth White, is to connect humans to the lines of the earth (White cited in McManus 2007: 183), or ‘what’s out there’ (Ingold 1993; 154; White 2005: 200; White 2006: 9). The contact White describes is often between the human mind and the earth, what he calls ‘landscape-mindscape’ (Legendre 2011: 121). Because of the embodied nature of locative media experiences using a smartphone in landscape for these walking art experiences using gps technologies Frears expanded this notion to being ‘landscape-mindscape-bodyscape’ (2017).

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