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Duncan Minshull 

Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe

Walk, talk and cream tea

Starts at: Monday 18 October 2:45 PM
Finishes at: Monday 18 October 5:00 PM

Special event with cream tea 2.45 to 5.00 pm

Meet Duncan in the Waterstones pop-up bookshop at Cedars House at 2.45 pm for a 3.00 pm start, followed by a cream tea.

An exciting first for Wells Festival of Literature – and not one for the armchair traveller – Duncan Minshull, ‘the laureate of walking’ leads an hour’s stroll around Wells while discussing his latest book, Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe. Limited to 25 people, this walking-talk will conclude with a cream tea in Cedars House Dining Hall.

As Honoré de Balzac once said, “To saunter is a science. To saunter is to live.” Sauntering brings 60 European writers our way, including Petrarch climbing Mount Ventoux; D.H. Lawrence in Sardinia; Joseph Conrad in Cracow; Hans Christian Andersen in quarantine; Werner Herzog on a personal pilgrimage through Germany and Robert Macfarlane dropping deep into underground Paris.

Through the words of literary walkers, we will get close to the Continent’s alpine ranges, arterial rivers, expansive coastlines; close to its ancient cities and mysterious thoroughfares and close to the walkers themselves – those Grand Tourers and explorers, strollers and saunterers, on their hikes and quests, parades and urban drifts.

“Sauntering is full of those free-associations in place and space that are the very essence of walking pursued as a
writerly act and writing undertaken as an ambulatory art. The perfect companion.
Will Self

“A superior feast…hard to think it could be better done.” Times Literary Supplement