This blog is no longer active, mainly because my research into writing and dog-walking has ended (for now). I’ve set up a new blog as a general site for my creative writing research.


‘The Writer Walking the Dog: Creative Writing Practice and Everyday Life’, an article derived from and summarising my research into dog-walking and writing, has been published in a creative writing special issue of American, British and Canadian Studies, edited by Nigel McLoughlin. (The issue doesn’t yet appear on the website.) 

The Walking Post is an online resource and newsletter curated by Andreas Eigenmann. It’s well worth a visit (and signing up for the newsletter). Of particular interest to me are Walking, Running, Thinking, responding to Will Self’s piece in the Guardian on a long walk, and a series of posts on Mark Rowlands’ work on running and thinking. There’s a quotation from Rowlands which captures a familiar experience:

I have lost count of the number of times that a problem I have been trying to solve – and my business is hard, abstract, conceptual problems – has suddenly resolved itself, or if not that dissolved before my eyes, during a run. Part of this almost certainly lies in the idea of rhythm.

There’s much else besides – a great site.

Here’s the full version of Roam to Write, the film on dog-walking and writing I’ve made with Alan Fentiman. It runs to 15 minutes; if you prefer to watch in bitesize chunks, the links to individual days are given below.

Please do get in touch with your comments on the film & the project – I’d love to hear from you.

Roam to Write from Alan Fentiman on Vimeo.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

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