Talk-Walk-Reflect: Remote Walking Project

Two Zoom meetings and a self-led walk as part of the Two Rivers Book Festival.

Join Norfolk-based writers Ruthie Collins, John Arnett and Melinda Appleby for a remote walking project, based on the Waveney Valley landscapes. Three writers sharing three approaches for three weeks of self-led walking.

In the first Zoom meeting, on Thursday 10th September, Ruthie will explore the mouth of the Waveney in Great Yarmouth, Harleston-based John will talk about his patch, and Melinda will share how the Diss area is a source of writing inspiration.

Ruthie, John and Melinda will share passages from their own writings and books, and reveal how the local landscape informs their work. Participants will map out their own Waveney walk in a location of their choice, inspired by the approaches shared by our writers.

The participants will then take part in a self-led solo walk and will be encouraged to make their own reflections or responses to the landscape during the walk, either written or in another art form, such as photography.

The group will meet on Zoom again, three weeks later on Thursday 1st October, to share their autumnal walking experiences with Ruthie, John and Melinda. Participants can also include their thoughts or responses in a W&BA blog about the project.

Participants are encouraged to bring a notepad and pen to the first Zoom meeting to note down a preferred place to walk and ideas of how to respond to the landscape through writing.

Please note – the ticket price covers attendance to both Zoom meetings.


Ruthie Collins

Ruthie Collins is a writer, poet and curator. Her new public poem commissioned by Norfolk County Council, inspires connection to the natural world and explores wherries, walks and waterways in Norfolk’s landscape. ‘Dreaming of Albion’ is due to be installed as part of the new Wherry Garden in Great Yarmouth in 2021.

John Arnett

Originally from North Lincolnshire, John Arnett’s working life has mostly been in further and higher education, as a teacher of English. A long time enthusiast for walking, camping and the outdoors, he has travelled hopefully and widely in this country and abroad. His interest in the landscapes, wildlife and history of the Waveney Valley goes back some fifteen years, culminating in this collection of favourite walks. He lives in Harleston, South Norfolk.

Melinda Appleby

Melinda Appleby, is an East Anglian writer/researcher specialising in creative connections to nature and place. Her childhood on the Norfolk coast inspired much of her work, leading to a career in landscape management and environmental policy. After winning Country Living’s Best Writer Award, Melinda changed direction focusing on writing exploring the nature and culture of land. She lives in the Dove valley, a tributary of the Waveney. She is also Vice Chair of Waveney & Blyth Arts.



10 Sep 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am


£6.50 (£5.50 W&BA Members)


Waveney & Blyth Arts


Waveney & Blyth Arts

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