Stories are hiding in the streets, parks, walls and people. If we walk, we can hear them.
I’m a great fan of aimless walks anyway. If I’m feeling low, I step out into “Doctor London” and eventually start to feel better, knowing that all that fascinating beauty and history belongs to each one of us.
A walk can be so cinematic, with scenes, characters and settings unrolling of their own accord, with as much time as you like to stop and examine anything that intrigues. It’s a time to let your brain free, to allow the pavement to shape your thoughts.
“when the desire comes upon us to go street rambling, the pencil does for a pretext, and getting up we say: “Really I must buy a pencil,” as if under cover of this excuse we could indulge safely in the greatest pleasure of town life in winter—rambling the streets of London.” Virginia Woolf
A night walk in London has every pleasure of a daytime ramble with the extra enjoyment that your surroundings are quieter, dreamlike, otherworldly and more conducive to thought. Charles Dickens famously found this too.
When I’m faced with a new London commission or a creative problem I will take it for a walk and, without any trouble the solution appears.
I’ve never led a night walk open to all-comers before and I’m looking forward to the 9th April. We will walk a route which is exceptionally beautiful at night, I won’t be performing or storytelling at all, it’s just a chance for us all to think, chat and listen to the secret silent stories of the city.
We are meeting near Baker Street on Sat 9th April at 8pm. If you want to come along send me an email and I’ll give you the details!