Walk Listen Cafe – long journeys in short distances

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Date(s) - 23/06/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


On April 28 2020, walk · listen · create (that the Museum of Walking co-produces) introduced walk · listen · café, a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) online meeting for creatives in the fields of walking and art. Every ‘café’ lasts between 1 and 2 hours, is headed by an expert introducing a specialist topic (acts as a ‘host’), and followed by an open discussion on the topic at hand.

Online meetings are hosted through Zoom or  Jitsi Participants are sent the conference link shortly before the event kicks off. To cover expenses and provide a small gift for the expert, and because we are also trying to find our own way, participation costs a low 3 euros.

These are interesting times; many have little choice but to stay at home, while many others have no choice but to go out and do the work we have discovered is essential to see society continue along nominal lines.

Walk Listen Cafe online get-together, where an expert introduces a particular topic relevant to the fields of walking will take place on Tuesday 23 June co-hosted by Nick Hunt and Andrew Stuck. This is followed by a moderated discussion on the subject of the meeting, which will last between 1 and 2 hours.

Nick Hunt, amongst other things, writes about walking in Europe, and, a while back, walked from one end of the continent to the other. He wonders whether you achieve the mindset that extended walks bring, of days or weeks, can also be achieved by strolling around your local park.

Nick: “On a long-distance walk I’ve always found that something transformative happens around the three-day mark: this is when my body and my brain seem to enter a different register of time and solitude, acclimatising to the rhythm of footsteps and the magic of slow travel. Bu not everyone is able to go on walks lasting days, weeks or months — especially not, obviously, in the current lockdown. So is it possible to find your ‘long-distance brain’ on much shorter walks, staying closer to home? Can you experience the same sense of outlandishness, of walking outside ordinary place and time, on a stroll around your local park? And what can you learn on shorter walks that you can’t learn on longer journeys?”

Who is Nick Hunt?

Nick Hunt is the author of two books about walking in Europe: Where the Wild Winds Are and Walking the Woods and the Water, as well as The Parakeeting of London, a work of gonzo ornithology. He also works as an editor for the Dark Mountain Project. He is currently finishing a third travel book, to be published in 2021.

To book please visit the Walk Listen Create website here


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