In search of solitude on the Cape Wrath Trail

Walking Writers Salon

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2021-11-16 19:00
19:00 UTC
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Meet the authors who are writing about walking and the landscapes through which we walk, at walk · listen · create’s Walking Writers Salons of which this is the second. We are delighted to have hill walker and outdoor adventure author Alex Roddie for our November Salon, talking about his approach to writing.

In February 2019, award-winning writer Alex Roddie left his online life behind when he set out to walk 300 miles through the Scottish Highlands, seeking solitude and answers. In leaving the chaos of the internet behind for a month, he hoped to learn how it was truly affecting him – or if he should look elsewhere for the causes of his anxiety.

The Cape Wrath Trail is commonly cited as the UK’s wildest and most difficult long-distance hike, extending for around 400 kilometres from Fort William to Cape Wrath, the northwesternmost point of the British mainland. Alex’s goal would be to complete the Cape Wrath Trail alone, in winter, and completely offline: an exploration into what it means to be alone in the 21st century. You can read his story in his new book from Vertebrate publishers: The Farthest Shore.

After the thaw © James Roddie

Walking Writers Salons are hour-long events in which you will get to meet a Walking Writer and learn from them how they weave writing and walking, and how they interpret their surroundings. Each Salon will include a discussion with the author, inviting questions from the audience, and will include a multiple choice quiz in which winners will receive prizes including print copies of WALKING (RRP €4.50) and WALKING HOME (RRP €4.99) our own limited edition illustrated chapbook anthologies of poems and prose.

Alex Roddie

Alex Roddie

I’m an editor, writer, author and photographer who lives and breathes the outdoors. I specialise in adventure travel, the outdoor publishing industry, and non-fiction on mountaineering, hiking, nature and the environment. In my spare time I like to get s...

Andrew Stuck

Andrew Stuck

Founder Online Jury 2022 Online Jury 2023

Andrew is the founder of the Museum of Walking, created to bring people together and to make and showcase walking pieces and performances. Andrew also is a podcaster, interviewing creative people who use walking as a catalyst for their practice. Talking Wa...


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