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01Dawnwalks: Nicholas Shakespeare20160328Nicholas Shakespeare describes walking with his sons on their local beach in Tasmania.

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02Dawnwalks: Nicola Barker20160329Novelist Nicola Barker describes walking around her back garden at dawn in winter.

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03Dawnwalks: Kamila Shamsie20160330Novelist Kamila Shamsie observes the light at a time called 'dusk-dawn'.

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04Dawnwalks: Ian Sansom20160331Ian Sansom gives his observations of walking at dawn along the coast near his home town.

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05Dawnwalks: Lucy Hughes-hallett20160401Lucy Hughes-Hallett gives her observations of wandering at dawn in her local cemetery.

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01Dawnwalks: Nicholas Shakespeare20160328Daybreak... and five writers set off on foot and report back:

First out, Nicholas Shakespeare and his sons walk their local beach in Tasmania, a spit of white sand, which offers up stories about sea creatures and ships in distress..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

02Dawnwalks: Nicola Barker20160329Daybreak.. and five writers set off on foot - and report back :

This time, novelist Nicola Barker negotiates the slopes of her back garden at 5am, winter-time. It's a mini-walk, full of massive muddy challenges and includes vigil of her 'benighted goldfish'..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

03Dawnwalks: Kamila Shamsie20160330Daybreak.. and five writers set off on foot - and report back :

This time, novelist Kamila Shamsie observes the wonderful light at a time called 'dusk-dawn', first from the ice of the Antarctic, then from the deck of her ship. Funnily enough, the experience makes her think of a Greek Island..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

04Dawnwalks: Ian Sansom20160331Daybreak.. and five writers set off on foot - and report back :

This time, the novelist Ian Sansom starts out, using as inspiration ideas of Benjamin Franklin and his faith in 'powerful goodness'. Powerful goodness will power him along, towards the sea at the edge of his town..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

05Dawnwalks: Lucy Hughes-hallett20160401Daybreak.. and five writers set off on foot - and report back:

Finally, the biographer Lucy Hughes Hallett, strolling amongst headstones in a local cemetery. Accompanying her, a hairy pointer called Kilburn, who has his own reasons for trotting out early..

Producer Duncan Minshull.