Walk Listen Cafe – Walking, isolation and togetherness

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Date(s) - 27/07/2021
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm


Social isolation, already prevalent for many, has been exacerbated during the pandemic. Author Sonia Overall argues that walking alone can increase togetherness, regardless of absences and physical distance.

Pre-pandemic, walking alone often felt, for Sonia, like an impossible luxury. Taking time and space to walk outside and beyond everyday concerns was hermit-like, an eschewing of noise and busyness. Through COVID restrictions, physically walking together has been by turns impossible and impracticable: public walks and group derives are a fond memory. Drawing on her own pre-pandemic pilgrimage and lockdown Distance Drifts, Sonia will set out her case that isolation and place can be a conduit for togetherness.

Earlier in the year, Sonia’s book Heavy Time was published to wide acclaim.

In Heavy Time psychogeographer Sonia Overall takes to the old pilgrim roads, navigating a route from Canterbury to Walsingham via London and her home town of Ely. Vivid in her evocation of a landscape of ancient chapels, ruined farms and suburban follies, Overall’s secular pilgrim elevates the ordinary, collecting roadside objects — feathers, a bingo card, a worn penny — as relics. Facing injury and interruption, she takes the path of the lone woman walker, seeking out ‘thin places’ where past and present collide, and where new ways of living might begin.

To book – please visit our sister WalkListenCreate website – tickets €3-€5

walk · listen · create hosts walk · listen · café, a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) online meeting for creatives in the fields of walking and sound art. Every ‘café’ lasts between 1 and 2 hours, is headed by an expert introducing a particular topic, and followed by an open discussion on the topic at hand.
Online meetings are hosted through BlueJeans or similar. Participants will be sent the conference password shortly before the event kicks off.