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01Jenn Ashworth - The Abiding Mental Riches Of Preston20200210As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness.
Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.
Lancastrian writer Jenn Ashworth begins these imaginative journeys with a trip to Preston's Harris Museum, Gallery and Library, retracing her teenage footsteps and pondering the mental riches promised within.
Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

Lancastrian writer Jenn Ashworth ponders the promises of Preston's Harris Library.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness. Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.

Lancastrian writer Jenn Ashworth begins these imaginative journeys with a trip to Preston's Harris Museum, Gallery and Library, retracing her teenage footsteps and pondering the mental riches promised within.

Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

Lancastrian writer Jenn Ashworth ponders the promises of Preston's Harris Library.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

02Michael Donkor - On Wandsworth Bridge20200211As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness. Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.

Writer Michael Donkor continues these imaginative journeys by traversing, south to north, across Wandsworth Bridge – perhaps the Thames’ most neglected crossing, but for him a conduit between adult responsibility and childhood memory.

Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

Writer Michael Donkor crosses Wandsworth Bridge, from childhood memory to adulthood

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness.
Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.
Writer Michael Donkor continues these imaginative journeys by traversing, south to north, across Wandsworth Bridge – perhaps the Thames’ most neglected crossing, but for him a conduit between adult responsibility and childhood memory.
Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

03Stephanie Victoire - Dark Hollow Falls20200212As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness. Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.

In this episode, writer and Shamanic Energy Healer Stephanie Victoire has a haunting hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia, meditating on the ancient paths of Native American precursors.

Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

Writer Stephanie Victoire has a haunting hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness.
Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.
Writer and shamanic faith healer Stephanie Victoire has a haunting hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia, meditating on the ancient paths of native American precursors.
Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

04Nat Segnit - The Other Ibiza20200213As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness. Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.

In this episode, journalist, writer and keen walker Nat Segnit seeks recovery and retreat in the unseen mountains of Ibiza, a mysticism-inspired path once trodden by Walter Benjamin.

Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

Writer and walker Nat Segnit seeks recovery and retreat in the unseen mountains of Ibiza.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness.
Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.
In this episode, journalist, writer and keen walker Nat Segnit seeks recovery and retreat in the unseen mountains of Ibiza, a mysticism-inspired path once trodden by Walter Benjamin
Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

Writer and walker Nat Segnit seeks recovery and retreat in the unseen mountains of Ibiza.

05Sophie Coulombeau - Walking Matilda20200214As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness. Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.

Author and academic Sophie Coulombeau completes these imaginative journeys with her newborn baby navigating York - a city and self once familiar, but now elusive and uncanny.

Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

In York, author and academic Sophie Coulombeau finds a city and self changed by motherhood

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

As an injured soldier under house arrest, Xavier de Maistre staved off boredom by imagining every step around his drawing room was a step across a country; Virginia Woolf’s writerly wandering around central London to buy a pencil exposed the city's transformation in darkness.
Inspired by these ironic quests and symbolic expeditions, five contemporary writers embark on walks of entertaining eccentricity.
Author and academic Sophie Coulombeau completes these imaginative journeys with a baby buggy in York - a city and self she thought she once knew, but now seem elusive and uncanny.
Producer: Ciaran Bermingham