Walk Listen Cafe – Walking as a woman of colour – Postponed

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Date(s) - 18/08/2020
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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has had to be postponed  – fortunately, we been able to bring forward a Cafe conversation with Mel Sutton on “When does a walk become a meditation?”

Walk Listen Cafe online get-together, where an expert introduces a particular topic relevant to the fields of walking will take place on Tuesday 18th August co-hosted by Saira Niazi and Andrew Stuck. This is followed by a moderated discussion on the subject of the meeting, which will last between 1 and 2 hours.

Saira Niazi is a writer, wandering guide and founder of a project called Living London. Over the years she has led wanderings across the city for people from all walks of life. She has recently released a book of personal essays entitled ‘On Belonging, Reflections of a Renegade Guide.’ In her book, she shares her unlikely journey towards becoming a guide drawing upon the stories, experiences, and insights of the extraordinary people she has met along the way.

As a young girl I was taught that it is unsafe to wander alone. As a woman, I find nothing brings me more peace than wandering alone. I’ve traversed remote ‘nowhere’ landscapes; from lonely edgelands to expansive wetlands in areas throughout the world. Walking as a woman isn’t always easy, especially as woman of colour. There have been times I have felt vulnerable, exposed and uneasy. Gendered geographic fear, lack of early exposure and skill development are just a couple of obstacles I’ve overcome, I wonder – what are some of the other barriers that woman walkers face? What can we do to break them down? What are some of the ways in which women can support each other in undertaking more perilous walking journeys?

To book please visit the Walk Listen Create website here

Featured image: Saira Niazi



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