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Meander Reading Group

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Meander Reading Group

Hospitalfield hosts a monthly reading group, (re)discovering texts that explore walking from multiple perspectives. From fiction, to poetry, to prose, to cultural geography and history, the Meander Reading Group will enjoy and examine texts that excite, inspire, and challenge our ideas about walking. Open to all abilities, the group is a great way to encourage an existing interest or discover a new one. Together we will explore the landscapes of our imaginations away from the wind and rain.

The Meander Reading Group will begin by looking at the renowned work of Nan Shepherd, moving onto Rebecca Solnit's musing on the history of walking.


Book for October & November: Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain - "a lyrical testament in praise of the Cairngorms. It is a work deeply rooted in Shepherd's knowledge of the natural world... Drawing on different perspectives of the mountain environment, Shepherd makes the familiar strange and the strange awe-inspiring." (Google Books)


Book for December & January: Rebecca Solnit's Wanderlust: A History of Walking - "What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of mountaineers." (Wordery)


Copies of the texts can be provided - please get in touch: volunteer@hospitalfield.org.uk / 01241 656 124


Dates: First Tuesday of the month, early evenings from 5:30-7pm.

Location info: Hospitalfield House, tea and coffee provided.




More About Meander

The Meander project connects Hospitalfield to local landscapes through walking - exploring themes of growing, cooking, eating, art and heritage. Promoting well-being through walking and cultivating a place where people can enjoy being active at their own pace, Meander is supported by Paths for All and NHS Tayside. Short walks explore Hospitalfield’s estate and longer routes connect Hospitalfield to the region through a network of landmarks and places of interest.

Places are currently available on the Meander Heritage & Mortuary Chapel Walk here.



image credit: Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky (Russian painter, 1868-1945) Reading in the Garden, 1915

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