This one-day festival adresses the role that walking, as a pastime, plays in the lives of people in many geographies, and explores writing and art inspired by walking.
The speed or slowness with which place and climate are experienced, and the freedom and opportunity for reflection that walking provides, enable the development of unique perspectives on many environmental and political issues. The festival will feature a group of well known authors and artists for whom walking has provided a vital inspiration, and celebrate the recent publication of important works by two of them, Robert Macfarlane and Raja Shehadeh.
Affirming the University of Aberdeen’s role as a leading intellectual centre for the study and celebration of ‘The North’, the Festival will feature a number of talks and exhibitions which reflect this, as well as others which encompass a wider geography, particularly that of Palestine. As well as being an event addressing the large and exceptionally diverse community in northern Scotland involved with landscape, walking and nature, this event has particular resonances for the University’s commitment to the study and celebration of the environment of ‘The North’ in the largest sense, reflected by the participation of university members Tim Ingold and Peter Davidson, acting as hosts for the day.
Full programme available on the Festival Website.
Tuesday 28th August - all events are free of charge, with a collection taken for Children 1st.
Wednesday 29th August - admission to all the day's events: £20, concessions £15, advance tickets from Aberdeen Box Office 01224 641122.
Throughout the festival copies of books by all festival authors will available in the foyer of the James Mackay Hall and there will be opportunites for signing and informal contact with authors.