Meander Reading Group

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Next: 5:30pm-7:00pm, 5 December 2017

Meander Reading Group

Hospitalfield hosts a monthly reading group, (re)discovering texts that explore walking from multiple perspectives. From fiction, to poetry, to prose, to cultural geography and history, the Meander Reading Group will enjoy and examine texts that excite, inspire, and challenge our ideas about walking. Open to all abilities, the group is a great way to encourage an existing interest or discover a new one. Together we will explore the landscapes of our imaginations away from the wind and rain.

The Meander Reading Group will begin by looking at the renowned work of Nan Shepherd, moving onto Rebecca Solnit’s musing on the history of walking.

Free, booking online.

Copies of the texts can be provided – please get in touch: volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk / 01241 656 124

Dates: First Tuesday of the month, early evenings from 5:30-7pm.

Location info: Hospitalfield House, tea and coffee provided.

More about Meander.

Book for October & November

Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain – “a lyrical testament in praise of the Cairngorms. It is a work deeply rooted in Shepherd’s knowledge of the natural world… Drawing on different perspectives of the mountain environment, Shepherd makes the familiar strange and the strange awe-inspiring.” (Google Books)

Book for December & January

Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking – “What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of mountaineers.” (Wordery)

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