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7 Jan, 2024

Today we launch a new writing competition in which we invite you to write non-fiction stories about places which are familiar to you.

Neighbourhood narratives - stories from around us” comes with cash prizes, including one from the Bathscape Landscape Partnership, and we have recruited seven volunteer judges, who have a range of expertise and knowledge of the built and natural environment. Their task is to select from the submissions, those which are most appropriate to be made into short audio podcasts that will be geo-located on the Placecloud.io platform. We know we’ve written about Placecloud in our newsletters before, but if you haven’t yet had a look at the site, click here to discover just how many audio stories there are there already.

Keeping on the writing theme, coming on Tuesday, we have the first Walking Writers' Salon of the year with guest Phil Smith, performance artist turned walking artist, playwright turned prose writer, and 'mythogeographer'.  He has now turned his hand to writing poetry and we will be discussing his new collection The Common.

We’ve had some terrific featured blog pieces submitted by composers of shortlisted pieces in the Marŝarto and Sound Walk September Awards - have you have you read them yet? There’s a real feast of material about how works have been brought together, the process behind their production and what inspired their creators.

Finally, for a bit of further fun. Why not try our End of 2023 year quiz?

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2024-01-09 19:00 · Online
Meet the authors who are writing about walking and the landscapes through which we walk, at walk · listen · create’s Walking Writers Salons. We start the new year in the company of acclaimed walking artist, Phil Smith discussing his collection of poetry "The Common". Keep reading
2024-01-23 19:00 · Online
We open the walk · listen · cafe doors in January, to explore a cultural history of the Black Country through the lens of walking artist and photographer Tom Hicks. Black Country Type is his ongoing photographic project.  A series of images distributed via Instagram, in which he applies his unique aesthetic to the Blac... Keep reading

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A new tool for teaching audio walks: Hamish Sewell introduces the new Soundtrails Academy and where it all began.

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2024-01-09 19:00 · Online
Meet the authors who are writing about walking and the landscapes through which we walk, at walk · listen · create’s Walking Writers Salons. We start the new year i... Keep reading
2024-01-12 11:30 · 48 Camberwell Green, London SE5 7AL, UK
Join Nicky Torode for a 2 hour in-person Street Wisdom Walkshop, meeting outside Camberwell Public Library, on Friday 12th January 2024! Starts at 11.30am, finishes... Keep reading
2024-01-15 13:30 · 16 Brushfield St, London E1 6AT, UK
Join Urszula Caroto (LinkedIn) for a 1-hour in-person Street Wisdom Walkshop in London, UK on 15th January 2024, meeting at the Herd of Hope Elephant at Spitafields... Keep reading
2024-01-15 12:45 · 16 Brushfield St, London E1 6AT, UK
Join Urszula Caroto (LinkedIn) for a 1 hour 45 minutes in-person Street Wisdom Walkshop in London, UK on 15th January 2024, meeting at the Herd of Hope Elephant at ... Keep reading
2024-01-15 16:00 · Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA
WeWalkPHL, Walk Around Philadelphia host a ~2hr walk on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail towards the Manayunk Bridge on Martin Luther King Day Keep reading
2024-01-19 16:00 · Online
Food on the Lebanon Mountain Trail by Zeinab Jeambey Encouraging Artisans – El Camino de Costa Rica by Conchita Espino and Maria Saens Keep reading

From our network

This was a performance walking by Fred Forest in the streets of São Paulo, Brazil under the military dictatorship. The artist hired 15 professional sandwich board m... Keep reading
Appel à contribution : Est-il possible d’éduquer aux enjeux sociétaux par les arts sonores? « La Semaine du Son Canada et l’Association d’Acoustique Canadienne souh... Keep reading
 Day 189 - Reconstruct and 2.6 km drawing. Keep reading
Walk in the SnowFirst snow of this winter, up in the mountains at the end of the Akamina Parkway.  Snow falling straight down, quietly fluffing the ground and the b... Keep reading
Day 188 - Historicism and 1.5 km drawing.  Barbarity and 1.3 km drawing. Keep reading
Three new poems: M4 at night, The next train, Moonset. Keep reading
A new tool for teaching audio walks: Hamish Sewell introduces the new Soundtrails Academy and where it all began. Keep reading

Stuff we found

Ken Johnston, the Philly “walking artist,” who walked to Canada last year, is walking on Christmas Eve – from the Poplar Neck Plantation where Harriet Tubman rescue... Keep reading
The photographs are truly something to behold. Source: 60-year-old walks for hours on end to create epic snow art with just his feet – Upworthy Keep reading
“Rousseau’s essay was so important because it put words to my relationship with nature,” says Nicolas Becker of Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Rousseau’s unfinish... Keep reading
We live in a world that moves so fast. So, it’s not surprising that it’s hard for us to find moments of peace and mental clarity. However, that doesn’t mean that th... Keep reading
One step at a time, twin brothers are walking across America to raise awareness for children in the foster care system. Source: Twins walk from SC to Philly to rais... Keep reading
Image via Diego Sevilla RuizA certain Zen proverb goes something like this: ‘A five year old can understand it, but an 80 year old cannot do it.’ The subject of thi... Keep reading
Every month, we find $500,000+ in open calls, grants, fellowships, and residencies for artists and designers. Source: January 2024 Opportunities: Open Calls, Reside... Keep reading

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