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Interview with authors

Matthew Beaumont talking walking

It is a busy summer lunchtime in Bloomsbury, and we are within a ‘stone’s throw‘ of where Charles Dickens once lived.  Andrew Stuck, producer of Talking Walking, is in the company of Matthew Beaumont, a scholar and Professor in English Literature at University College London and author of the bestselling book called “Nightwalking, a Nocturnal History of London”. His research interests go far beyond literature as he is also Co-Director of the University’s Urban Lab where he is responsible for the Cities Imagined strand.  22’17”  10.4MB

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Bradley Garrett talking walking

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Bradley Garrett describes himself as a ‘professional trespasser’ who has been exploring many hidden places and spaces ‘where we are not supposed to be’: climbing The Shard while it was under construction, breaking into the Maze prison and  abandoned underground bunkers and tube stations. When he agreed to an interview, Andrew Stuck wondered whether he would be blindfolded, bundled in a car and taken to a remote destination.

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Maze prison

It wasn’t quite like that, although they did travel by car to the outer edges of Southampton, and then walked amongst motorways to reach a country route that took them to the River Test, in full flood.

Whether you judge Brad as a hero or a villain, there’s no

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way of escaping his infectious enthusiasm for going into places that you might think twice about visiting. 23’14” 10.9MB

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Like what you heard and want to read more, then check out Brad Garret’s book                      Explore Everythinghttp://www.versobooks.com/authors/1820-bradley-l-garrett

Julia Killingback talking walking

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Have you ever thought that you would like to write a guide book of walks to your local area – imagining seeing your book piled high in bookshops and bumping into people reading from your guide as they walk your local streets?

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Julia Killingback didn’t just leave it to her imagination, she put her heart and soul, and considerable experience as an author, illustrator and product designer  into just such a dream.  Four Explore Walks Guides to Bristol and Clifton are the result.  However, the route she had to follow to reach this end was far from straight or smooth. 24′ 22″ 11.4MB

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Other title in the Explore Walks series – order copies of Explore Walks from here

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Nick Hunt talking walking

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Have you been inspired by a piece of travel writing to try a similar endeavour of your own, but found circumstance or lack of courage has knocked you off your stride?  Not so Nick Hunt, who as a teenager, read Patrick Leigh Fermor’s account of a walk across Europe.  bavaria_2Nick has followed in Fermor’s footsteps, walking from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul, recounting his seven month journey in a book entitled ‘Walking the Woods and the Water’.  What pace do you set yourself? How do you keep yourself going? Who do you have as your companions? What do you learn about yourself and about walking? As I try to keep up with Nick on a walk along the popular canal towpath from Broadway Market to Islington, I ask him these questions and more. 29’27″14.5MB

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walking the woods and the water_2Buy: Nick Hunt’s Walking the woods and the water published in trade paperback by Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

Photo credits: Nick Hunt

STOP PRESS – SEPTEMBER 2017

Nick Hunt has a new book out: Where the wild winds are – It describes a series of walks following the invisible pathways of some of Europe’s named winds – Helm, Bora, Sirocco, Foehn, Mistral – to discover how they affect landscapes, people and cultures.  READ MORE

 

Linda Cracknell talking walking

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Linda Cracknell is an author who is about to have published “Doubling Back–Ten paths trodden in memory” a moving memoir where she retraces ten walks undertaken by others, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Swiss Alps and Kenya.  It has been chosen as a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 to be broadcast in the last week of May 2014.

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Our interview explores how she sets out to write a narrative of a journey on foot, what she leaves out and how she draws in the reader to the journey or story she tells.  Now living in Scotland, her surroundings offer her plenty of variety for walks, short or long, in the surrounding countryside, much of which is devoid of people since the Highland Clearances. Nature and isolation are both important elements in her writing, as are memories conjured or animated by other walks, some personal, some collective some political. Linda has been influenced by the land artist movement, and especially by Richard Long and Hamish Fulton, but is also stirred by the romance of ‘setting off’, as captured in the writing of Robert Louis Stevenson and Laurie Lee. 29’31” 13.8MB

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STOP PRESS: Linda is now writing a quarterly column for Walk Highlands magazine.  Check out her latest piece “Putting walks into words” for great tips on how to write about walking (March 2017).

In August 2015 Linda published this intriguing essay about a mountain walk with writers cropping up along the way!

Photo credit: Phil Horey                Book jacket credit: Freight Books

This interview was recorded over the Internet.
 

Katrina Naomi talking walking

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In this episode, Andrew Stuck talks to Katrina Naomi, a poet and ardent walker, who lives in south London but yearns for wilder places in which to walk. She was the first Writer in Residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire and will be in residence at the Gladstone Library, Hawarden in 2013. The interview was recorded in September 2011 on a walk across Streatham Common close to where Katrina lives. 16’32” 7.8MB

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Phoebe Taplin talking walking

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Phoebe Taplin, a freelance journalist and international walk route author, talks to Andrew Stuck. At the time of the interview Phoebe had recently returned from Moscow, where she and her husband had lived for the past 4 years. In her effort to discover the city, she formed a walking group and researched where to walk in Moscow. MoscowWalksSpringMany of these walks were published in the Moscow News, a local paper, and Phoebe is selecting 48 of these to be published in guide book form. The interview was recorded in May 2011 on a walk around residential streets in Bishops Stortford, a marked contrast from many of the walks in Moscow. 20’39” 9.7MB

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BookcoverSTOP PRESS: Since publication of this Talking Walking interview with Phoebe, she has completed all four Moscow walking guides, and a guide to walks in Hertfordhsire and Essex, and is working on one for the Cambridgeshire area.

Len Banister talking walking

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Len Banister, a founder member and now chair of the Greater London Ramblers’ Forum, and a prolific walk route deviser and author, accompanies Andrew Stuck on a walk through Walthamstow. Recorded October, 2010 Published November 2011 20’08” 9.5 MB
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Leo Hollis talking walking

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Leo Hollis, author and historian, leads Andrew Stuck on a walk through the City of London, discussing how walking has revealed the history of this fascinating city. The interview was recorded in the summer of 2010 and published in September 2011. 20’45” 9.7MB

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Tom Bolton talking walking

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LLRcoverTom Bolton is seeking out on foot the routes of eight hidden rivers in London, compiling a treasure trove of little known facts, which he is bringing together in a book, part guide part journal that will be published in May 2011. Andrew Stuck accompanies him along part of the route of the River Effra, from Crystal Place to Norwood, in south London – we only encounter the sound of the river as it flows beneath a manhole cover in Norwood New Town. 19′ 50″ 9.3MB

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London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide is now available from http://strangeattractor.co.uk/shoppe/londons-lost-rivers/

Cover imageTom’s new London book, Vanished City: London’s Lost Neighbourhoods, is also available from http://strangeattractor.co.uk/books/vanished-city-londons-lost-neighbourhoods/

Geoff Nicholson talking walking

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Geoff Nicholson talks to Andrew Stuck about how he came to writing about the Lost Art of Walking – listen to this intriguing interview in which Geoff talks about some of the eccentrics from the world of walking. Layout 1The interview was recorded over the Internet in March 2010 and is published to coincide with the UK publication of the Lost Art of Walking. 19’04” 8.9MB

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In October, 2013 Geoff made a 5 year walking forecast – you can listen to it here