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Reaktion Books 6h
Thank you to everyone who joined for this evening. Some fascinating questions (and answers!) If you're keen to read it and haven't got your copy yet, what are you waiting for!
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Dr Kerri Andrews 6h
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That’s a really hard question to answer without sounding totally arrogant! But what I hope I’ve done is help people see that there is a wonderful tradition of women’s walking that they are part of-so that they know walking has always been for women
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Reaktion Books 6h
And our final question of the evening: can you sum up what is just so brilliant about the book in a single tweet!?
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Dr Kerri Andrews 6h
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There were so many women who walked but wrote about it boringly. Jane Austen walks so much in Hampshire but literally just wrote ‘I went for a walk’. Not much to do with that. Mary Wollstonecraft was more borderline-walked around Scandinavia alone, but didn’t give much detail
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Reaktion Books 6h
Another Q from us ... who (if anyone) didn't make it in to the book that you wish could have made an appearance?
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Reaktion Books 6h
We think you're a wonderful storyteller! is a delight from start to finish.
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Dr Kerri Andrews 6h
That I’m really bad at imagining other people’s lives and would make a terrible novelist. does this beautifully with Jessie Kesson & Dorothy Wordsworth-brings their lives into her own and finds meaning there. I find knowing I am part of a tradition wonderful tho
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Reaktion Books 6h
Our third question of the evening is ... what is the most interesting thing you have discovered on your own walks?
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Dr Kerri Andrews 6h
Perhaps find a walking group-this is how I built up my skills and confidence. There are groups everywhere, and of course so there’s lots of support if you’re unsure or if you’re wanting to do more or progress.
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Reaktion Books 7h
Thank you to everyone getting their questions in to ! Our next question is: What top tips do you have for aspiring wanderers?
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
Replying to @helenharradine
Because it is so rarely done. Women walk all the time, but the status of that walking is low compared to men-not recognised in publishing, not spoken about in the narratives that are written about what walking is and what it means.
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
Replying to @reaktionbooks
I think for me that women could find walking in cities exciting, stimulating, powerful. Anaïs Nin’s writing challenged so many of my assumptions about what was, and is, possible. That was amazing for me.
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
I think for me Dorothy Wordsworth has always been a walker I look to. I love her way of walking and walking the same paths, invoking memories and connections with people. It’s a humble way of being in the world, just treading your own path. She was so fit I doubt I’d keep up tho!
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
I think is a great choice. Certainly when I was in Los Angeles, and caught the barest glimpse of the big mountains she walked, I was pretty awestruck. I don’t think I could do the PCT though-I love a shower and a nice breakfast after a big hill day!
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
Replying to @LisaGoodrum
The women I’ve read are more cautious. Many didn’t publish their writing about walking-Elizabeth Carter’s letters, Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals, Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt’s diary-all unpublished in their lifetimes. They valued that writing, but didn’t share it in the same ways
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
Replying to @LisaGoodrum
I think for me the biggest difference is men’s sureness that what they write about walking is interesting. Some of it is, but there’s a confidence there that just assumes the reader will want to know about their adventures, however unrelatable and extreme
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
Replying to @Curlychriscoach
I think what we learn is how essential access to the outdoors is. It’s a fundamental right, and should be available to everyone. I think the pandemic demonstrates this very starkly too-being outdoors, having the chance to be outside, of a profoundly important
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
Replying to @patelyalater
I got fed up with male walker writers saying women never walked. I just flat out disbelieved it, and thought I’d look for myself. Over time, as I found more and more stories, I realised I was writing a book. That’s why the introduction is a bit polemical!
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Dr Kerri Andrews 7h
Replying to @joanna_crispin
I think so, and perhaps in ways we need to change. The big remote scary death defying stories-most of them by men-are much less possible now. What’s happened in the pandemic is we’ve had to walk locally, repeatedly. Much more like Dorothy Wordsworth. And I think that’s wonderful
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Reaktion Books 7h
Hi ! Thanks for joining us this evening for . Our first question is: What was the most fascinating thing you learnt when writing ?
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