The Walking Library: mobilising books, spaces and reading
The Walking Library is an ongoing practice research project, devised by Deirdre Heddon and Misha Myers which, through walking with books, explores the relationships between walking, literature, reading, writing and landscapes; or, walking imaginaries. Each Walking Library is made for and responds to a different context. The content of each library is based on donations and suggestions made in response to the question: ‘What book would you take on this walk?’ Those books suggested/donated are catalogued and then literally taken on a walk and read en route, place and book mobilising each other in situ. This presentation explores the various iterations of the Walking Library to date, focusing on the notion of the library as a mobilising form and paying particular attention to the most recent edition: The Walking Library for Women Walking, which was taken for a turn down Leith Walk as part of Forest Fringe.
Dee Heddon is Professor of Contemporary Performance at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Autobiography and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), co-author of Devising Performance: A Critical History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and co-editor of a number of anthologies, including most recently It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells (Intellect, 2016). Her research has been published in various journals and editions, from Performance Research to Cultural Geographies, and emerges also in practice-based outputs.