The Poetry of Motion

Wednesday 7th December 2016
18:30 at Waterstones, Canterbury - Rose Lane

The Poetry of Motion

Join us at Waterstones Canterbury as we welcome local author Vybarr Cregan-Reid author of the acclaimed book Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human, and Lauren Elkin, whose Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London was selected as Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Running is more than a sport; it's more than exercise, and it can tell us a great deal more about the way we live now than you might imagine. Running is the poetry of motion. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from ...the demands of the modern world. When Vybarr Cregan-Reid set out to discover why running meant so much to so many, he began a journey which would take him out to tread London’s cobbled streets, climbing to sites that have seen a millennium of hangings, and down the crumbling alleyways of Ruskin's Venice. Footnotes transports you to the cliff tops of Hardy's Dorset, the deserted shorelines of Seattle, the giant redwood forests of California, and to the world’s most advanced running laboratories and research centres, using debates in literature, philosophy, neuroscience, legal history, biology, and sports science to explore that simple human desire to run. This inspiring book is motion recollected in tranquillity.

If the word flaneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia - then what exactly is a flaneuse? In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as 'a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk.' Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flaneuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring along the way the paths taken by the flaneuses who have lived and walked in those cities. From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, Flaneuse considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light-footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.

Both authors' books will be available to purchase on the night.
Tickets £3 and can be purchased in store from one of our booksellers.

Further details: 01227452354

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Wednesday 7th December 2016

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