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Katrina Naomi talking walking

On a walk across Streatham Common to the Rookery, Andrew Stuck from Rethinking Cities accompanies south London poet and walk leader Katrina Naomi in the latest Talking Walking episode.

The Rookery provides a local spot for contemplation and creative writing, although Katrina would rather be striding across the North York Moors or the Brecon Beacons. Studying for a PhD at Goldsmiths, by researching the poetry of violence, Katrina was late to discovering her poetic prowess.  She hated poetry at school and was unaware of her talent until she took a creative writing course at City Lit.

Walking not only clears her mind to allow her to focus on her writing, but is also key to inspiring her. Her enthusiasm for wilder landscapes and challenging walks, led her to undertake a mountain guiding course, not just for self-preservation but also to build her confidence.  She would rather be walking alone or with her partner than leading walking groups, although she has led group walks on behalf of the Ramblers and Women Walking.

She was the first Writer in Residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire drawing inspiration as much from the museum's collections as from daily walks on the surrounding moors.  Walking and writing on the moors is a far cry from living and writing poetry in and around, Brixton, Herne Hill and Streatham, and she is always looking to escape suburbia and get out into more rugged country.

Katrina Naomi will be a writer in residence at the Gladstone Library in Hawarden, Flintshire in 2013 - you can follow what she will be doing and order collections of her poetry from her website: http://www.katrinanaomi.co.uk/

Andrew Stuck has been interviewing artists, performers, practitioners and writers since 2007 and 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of these interviews being made available as free podcasts on Talking Walking. http://www.talkingwalking.net/

Listen to episodes of Talking Walking - http://www.talkingwalking.net

Date added: 18 November 2012

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