Thursday 13 October 2016

Fragments and thoughts, an explanation and an introduction to our "walking books": To the Garden: A Walk and Talk Through Time and the Seasons with TS Eliot -

Our  walk on Saturday included some sited poetry readings, as well as some activities that made connections with rhythm, rhyme, memory and walking. We invited selected contacts who have participated in the process during the last year of our walks to be "Walking Books". The idea was that  participants who were invited on our walk on October 8th,  could book a time slot of 10 minutes to walk with a "walking book" and find out about their work and how it linked to our walking project . 

A big thank you to our "Walking Books", who took a leap of faith and joined us on the day.

One of our "Walking Books" has blogged about her participation in the project, http://missbtakesawalk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/a-walk-with-mr-eliot-in-margate-8th.html

thank you Tina.

Our Reading List                                

Walking Books - booking list.

A Journey with The Waste Land’
Trish Scott

Trish Scott is the Research Curator at Turner Contemporary, and is working with 30 volunteers to co-curate the gallery's first major exhibition of 2018, A Journey with The Waste Land, which explores the connections between T.S Eliot's poem The Waste Land, partly written in Margate, and the visual arts. With a background in both social anthropology and fine art Trish is interested in the dynamics of collaborative working and her doctoral research examines the intersection of social encounters, narrative formation and authorship. 

‘Shoulder to Shoulder – tales of the Broadstairs Town Shed’
Claire Shelton

My name is Claire Shelton and I have been involved with the Shed project since 2014. I’m project manager, fund raiser, community liaison, and day to day co-ordinator. I moved to Thanet with my husband and 3 children in 2013 and love the location, people and community spirit. Prior to our move I worked for an East London borough as a project manager and grant advisor to local community groups.

‘Walking in the City of London with T S Eliot’
Tina Baxter

Tina Baxter qualified as a City of London Guide in 2012 (ITG Green Badge). It was never the intention to be her full-time occupation but fate conspired it to be so, and the last four years have proved it was the right decision. Her guiding business is called Miss B Takes a Walk, and she now cuts a dashing 1940s silhouette through the streets of the City.

The City of London has much to offer in its 2000 years of history, so the walks Tina creates are wide-ranging, including Medieval and Tudor Walks, as well as lost rivers, feasting and fasting, gardens and architecture, foreshore explorations and women through time.  There are also walks about two great poets, Chaucer and a favourite, T S Eliot’s and The Wasteland.  A poem much influenced by Mr Eliot’s time working in the City at Lloyd's of London, the churches in particular and River Thames especially.

Tina is involved in several guiding committees and volunteers with Friends of City Gardens, there are 200 green spaces to take care of in the Square Mile! She is also a Freeman of the City of London, which grants her permission to drive sheep over London Bridge.  Tina is also a partner in the Georgian DiningAcademy, which involves suppers in historical buildings which evoke the fun and frivolity of that era. Talks also feature in MissB’s repertoire, Mrs Beeton – her life and times, and a new talk venture ‘GIN!’.

‘Experiential Research, Materials and Spaces’
Catherine Richardson 

With an art college background, followed by studies in literature and medieval and early modern culture and society, I work on the history of material culture – how the physical world shaped and was shaped by people’s actions, interests and beliefs. I use literary and dramatic texts alongside quantitative and qualitative research into historical documents such as court depositions and probate materials to investigate the meaning and significance of early modern materiality. Studying material culture often necessitates working with individuals with other kinds of disciplinary skills, and I’ve become increasingly interested in practical and experimental approaches to understanding the things and spaces of the past. Last month I tried my hand at butter-making, and this month it’s walking! I’ve written about the experience of living in early modern houses, about dress and textiles, and lots about early modern drama including Shakespeare. 

There is more about all of this here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/english/staff/richardson.html

Park Life’
Paul Boyce  (only available for booking from Cliftonville Library)

I was born 1962, my parents moved to Thanet in 1963 and I have lived here ever since.  During this time I have worked in various residential special schools, been self employed as a landscape gardener and currently run a community garden in Northdown Park, The Garden Gate Project…

for more about The Garden Gate:http://www.thegardengateproject.co.uk/

Here, There, Now and Then: Seeking the Self Through Space, Place, Time and Tides’
Louisa Love

Louisa Love is a Kent-based contemporary artist operating across sculpture, film, writing, research, walking, organisation and social/collaborative activity. She is interested in the nature and pluralities of artistic production, exploring the complex relationships between things, thoughts, knowledges and different modes of doing as a consideration of identity and the negotiation of self within the contemporary world. Experimental processes of drift and psychogeography often inform her work.
Having recently completed a two-year WW1-inspired commemorative project in conjunction with East Kent’s ex-miners community, Louisa’s current work takes a particular interest in exploring this question of identity through narrative connections to space, place, heritage and community.
Louisa works closely with artist-run organisation Dover Arts Development (DAD) to bring cultural/artistic activity to Dover, where she was raised and currently has her studio. She has a BA in Fine Art from University for the Creative Arts Canterbury and has been involved in various collaborative projects/initiatives across South/East Kent, including Collaborative Research Group, a post-academic research and education programme based at CRATE in Margate 2013 - 2015.

‘The Art of Walking’
Sonia Overall

Sonia Overall writes fiction and poetry. She has a strong interest in psychogeography and site-specific writing, form, intertextuality and performance-based approaches to text. Sonia has written and abridged work for street theatre and has published two novels, A Likeness and The Realm of Shells (HarperPerennial) and a chapbook of poetry, The Art of Walking (Shearsman). Sonia is the founder of Women Who Walk, a network of women using walking in their creative and academic practice. 
www.women-who-walk.org #soniaoverall   #womenwhowalknet 

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