Take a walk on the wild side

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We last wrote about Birmingham-based artist Kruse in February – Wayfaring with Kruse – and then something must have happened that got in the way of all that beautiful creativity… Happily she is now back after a nine-month hiatus, writing on her walk blog and taking cues from climate change and autonomous things and women walking. […]

Walk with Craig across Japan

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Are you up for a vicarious walk across Japan starting tonight? Craig Mod – writer of Roden and Ridgeline newsletters – is inviting people to join him on his durational walk 500km from Tokyo to Kyoto. It starts when he turns 40 at midnight tonight and he will walk daily until the end of November. […]

Walk your neighbourhood skull this Halloween

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We wanted to do an informal rule-of-six compliant Halloween walk, so Fiona grabbed a scary looking skull of the internet and laid it on top of a map of Stirchley to see how it might fit. We'll be following the red outline as best we can on Saturday and then retiring to our garden for […]

People we found at 4WCOP

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Last month we "went" to the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography. We've already posted about our own contribution to this virtual gathering but here we want to give a mention to some of the other West Midlanders we came across while "there". Helen Garbett and Bill Laybourne One of the highlights of the Friday film […]

Drawing Attention Re-run!

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Following the success of our first Drawing Attention workshop in August we're delighted to be teaming up with Hipkiss & Graney once more for another go. Save the date: 19 September, 1pm Using our digitised map of Stirchley curios we'll be questing through the streets and stopping to draw objects, buildings, flora, fauna and landscapes. Such exciting […]

A walk around a closing supermarket

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Back in January, our local Stirchley Co-op supermarket closed forever; a Coop had been on that particular site for 106 years and in the Stirchley, Birmingham, area for 145 years. Several Walkspace members planned a processional last walk up and down the aisles to say goodbye properly, and also see what lay behind the layers […]

Staying focused, keeping on track

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Lucy Parris is documenting her current walking practice, which throws up images which become prints, on her blog. These prints were in response to boundaries. I have been thinking a lot recently about visible and invisible boundaries. I chose the walk as I knew it would involve boundaries, I have begun walking the perimeter of […]

A survey of suburban garage blocks

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Urban conservationist Kat Pearson has been using her lockdown walks "to explore the housing estates of Stirchley, Kings Heath, Bournville and Selly Park […] looking at how cars, and especially garage blocks, are integrated into these estates". The result are some fantastic photos and observations collected as Lockdown Lockups. As she says, many of these […]

A tour of Stirchley's delights for the Summer Solstice

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Never in a million years did I think I'd be going on a tour of my local postcode, but lockdown has changed all that. Various Stirchley-based walkers – and I'm sure it's not just us – have developed a talent for 'extreme noticing' on our mandated daily lockdown walks throughout March to May. And the result has […]

The impossibility of straight walking

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While chatting about walking the other day, as we do, Fiona mentioned something she'd read in Shane O'Mara's excellent book In Praise Of Walking. Humans are, apparently, incapable of walking in straight lines when blindfolded or otherwise prevented from seeing landmarks. Participants were asked to walk either in a large and dense forest or in […]