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.
THe final episode of Roam to Write is a videopoem on travellers and outsiderdom – prompted by Rilke’s line ‘But tell me, who are they, these travellers?’ – itself a response to Picasso’s La famille de saltimbanques:
Here’s the poem:
Day 5 – Poem – Write to Roam from Alan Fentiman on Vimeo.
In today’s film I discuss how I use walking in my writing process. Tomorrow’s will be a videopoem response to the topics I’ve talked about all week, based on Rilke’s line ‘But tell me, who are they, these travellers?’.
Day 4 from Alan Fentiman on Vimeo.
In today’s instalment I look at Wordsworth and the Romantic traditions of walking and writing. As ever, I’d be very glad to hear your comments.
Day 3 from Alan Fentiman on Vimeo.
On Tuesday’s walk I think about who I am when I walk the dogs, citizens and nomads, and the ghosts of walks past.
Day 2 from Alan Fentiman on Vimeo.
Every day this week I’ll be launching a new installment of Roam to Write, the film on dog-walking and writing I’ve made with Alan Fentiman. Today’s is Monday.
I’d love to hear your reactions and comments.
Day 1 from Alan Fentiman on Vimeo.