What book would you take for a walk…?

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Received this email from Dee Heddon:

What book would you take for a walk…?

In 1794, John Hucks and Coleridge walked to North Wales. Hucks carried with him the poems of Thomas Churchyard.

In 1802, Coleridge walked through Cumberland, carrying with him ‘a shirt, a cravat, two pairs of stockings, tea, sugar, pens and paper, his night-cap, and a book of German poetry wrapped in green oilskin.’ He apparently read the Book of Revelations in Buttermere.

In 1818, Keats travelled the Lake District and up to Scotland with his friend Charles Brown. Keats’ carried Dante’s Divine Comedy, Brown the works of Milton.

In 2012, Dee Heddon and Misha Myers will walk across Belgium, carrying Werner Herzog’s Of Walking in Ice, Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost etc. etc. …

During August and September, Dee Heddon and Misha Myers are joining the Sideways Festival, walking from the West to the East of Belgium. For the length of the walk, they will carry a walking library – rucksacks filled with books that are good to take on a walk. The library will support a peripatetic reading and writing group and will be donated to Sideways at the journey’s end.

Dee & Misha are in the process of building the library. They welcome suggestions of books to take on a walk (including details of books taken on a walk by illustrious walkers/writers).

Please email suggestions to Deirdre.Heddon@glasgow.ac.uk

Many thanks

Dee & Misha

Dr. Deirdre Heddon


Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ

0141 330 6286

Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Arts


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