Walking piece details
Walk Listen Create have teamed up with MK Lit Fest and The Parks Trust to bring a collaborative anthology of new writing to listeners in Great Linford manor park and the surrounding area.
Earlier in 2022, Walk Listen Create ran a writing competition inviting people to submit poetry and stories of up to 250 words on the theme of “Walking Home”. They published a printed chapbook of the anthology and invited the authors to record themselves reading their work. Since then, they have reached out to MK Lit Fest to establish a collaborative project. The resulting audio anthology, available as a SoundWalk called Walking Home – Milton Keynes, draws on these existing audio recordings and incorporates:
- recordings of selected poems and short stories from MK Lit Fest’s MinK #1 and #2 printed anthologies
- recordings of poems from the winners of The Parks Trust’s 2022 Poetry Competition.
To hear these pieces, download the Echoes app. The individual recordings can be set to play automatically as you reach their individual linked locations, or to play on demand wherever you may be. (We recommend downloading the anthology if you’ll be listening on the move, as a sufficient signal for streaming may not always be available outdoors.)
In 2018 and 2020, MK Lit Fest ran writing competitions for local poets and short story writers, a teams of judges selected the winners and best entries for two print/epub anthologies, copies of which are available for purchase. You can also watch a recording of the online launch event for MinK 2020: City of Dreams on the Festival’s YouTube Channel.
Established as an independent charity in 1992, The Parks Trust expertly cares for over 6,000 acres of beautiful and inspirational green space in Milton Keynes including parks, ancient woodlands, lakes, river valleys and 80 miles of landscaped areas along the city’s grid roads. Over 80 staff and 200 volunteers deliver the Trust’s essential work, which includes landscaping and maintenance, providing valuable recreation and leisure facilities, connecting communities at over 500 outdoor events each year and advancing public education about wildlife, biodiversity and the environment. Each year, it takes on new green spaces and endowments from developers to cover costs in perpetuity.