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Thursday, 31 January 2008

Walking And Writing

Can I mention a couple of walking blogs which are giving me enormous pleasure?

The first is a new blog called Beating the Bounds - a blog about walks, thinking about walking, reading about walking...and maybe other stuff. It was inspired by reading Richard Adams' book A Nature Diary, a day by day account of the things Adams saw each day in the countryside. This is a thoughtful, observant blog which concentrates on our own backyard, picking up on the ordinary local things we often overlook in our rush to the distant and the exotic.

The second, Walking and Writing, is a blog I've been reading for a while. Though there are only 2 or 3 posts a month, it's absolutely top quality stuff and well worth reading and rereading. This is how Linda Cracknell describes her blog: In July 2007, I started a major project to write a collection of journey-essays recounting walks which follow human resonances in wild landscapes. This is the result of a Creative Scotland Award supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council. This blog is a reflection of some of my thinking as the project develops.

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