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Walk across East Anglia April / May 2019 devised for and with LGBTQI+ people

Cambridge

27 April, 10:30AM | Kettle’s Yard

  • Meeting Point | Kettle’s Yard | 10.30am

  • Walk | 10.30am - 1pm [4-miles approx]

  • Lunch | Kettle’s Yard | 1pm

Join us for a morning walk organised by local LGBTQI+ people in collaboration with artists Ian Giles, Paul Kindersley and Rachel Pimm.

Taking a starting point from the under and over ground clubs and societies of Cambridge from the 'Half Mooners' to Dot Cotton we will collaboratively create alternative maps of Cambridge during the walk led by artist Paul Kindersley.

Walkers will also be invited by Rachel Pimm to spread wildflower seeds in commemoration of Alan Turing's work into morphogenesis - the patterns of how things grow; his final work before his untimely death, and loss of quality of life as a result of his criminalised sexuality, which was posthumously pardoned in 2017.

The walk will be followed by a free light lunch of vegetable soup back at Kettle’s Yard. Everyone is also invited to bring their contribution to a ‘pot luck’, where you can share your own food and enjoy dishes brought by others.

The walk is open to those of all fitness levels. The route will likely include uneven pavements and steps which may restrict access for those with reduced mobility.

Meet at the information desk at Kettle’s Yard. We recommend arriving a little early.

Refreshments provided | Free

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COLCHESTER

4 MAY, 2pm | FIRSTSITE

  • Meeting Point | Firstsite | 2pm

  • Walk | 2pm - 4pm [4-miles approx]

  • Cakes and refreshments | Firstsite | 4pm

  • Sign up

A walk across Colchester based on LGBTQI+ histories and contemporary sites. Meeting at Firstsite, the home of Colchester Pride.

East Anglian queer writer James McDermott has written five texts which will be performed at locations with queer significance, including a sonnet to the former gay bars of Colchester, a monologue about cruising in Hilly Fields park and a soundscape inspired by Outhouse East, the town’s LGBTQ drop-in centre and former gay switchboard.

The walk will be followed by free refreshments back at Firstsite. Join Colchester artist and designer Katie Kennedy to print a nature inspired interactive tablecloth and Open Ramble East picnic sacks to take home.

The route will likely include uneven pavements and steps which may restrict access for those with reduced mobility. The walk is open to those of all fitness levels.

Organised by Ian Giles for New Geographies as part of the Jane’s Walk Festival. Jane’s Walk is a free walking festival that takes place in towns and cities worldwide over the first weekend in May, honouring the life and legacy of the urbanist Jane Jacobs.

Refreshments provided | Free

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Norwich

5 MAY, 2pm | Magdalen street

  • Meeting Point | Magdalen Street Car Park Toilets | 2pm

  • Walk | 2pm [4-miles approx]

  • Refreshments | Lollards Pit | 4pm

  • Sign up

A walk in and around Norwich based on LGBTQI+ histories, inspired by sights nominated by members of Norfolk Gay Outdoors Club. We will touch on subjects such as Black Anna, Lollard’s Pit and also the council’s closure of pissoirs and cruising spots.

At the start of the walk, each walker will pick a badge to ‘become’ a name or place of local LGBTQI+ significance -for example ‘the Loft’ or ‘Black Anna’. Who are you? These may be conversation starters but where, who or what will it lead us to? As we walk people from the past will merge with places of interest. Led by Georgie Manly.

Local designer Isobel Webster has created a number of sports wrist bands; clips will be attached to enable walkers to collect ephemera from the walk and add to the tassels on their wrists. Printed words contributed by the Norfolk Gay Outdoors Club will be hidden at designated points on the walk, and collected by walkers, adding to the bands as they go. 

The route will likely include uneven pavements and steps which may restrict access for those with reduced mobility. The walk is open to those of all fitness levels.

Following the walk we will have refreshments at Lollards Pit.

Refreshments provided | Free

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Great YArmouth

18 MAY, 2pm | Great Yarmouth train station

  • Meeting Point | Great Yarmouth train station | 2pm

  • Walk | 2pm [5-miles approx]

  • Refreshments | 5pm

  • Sign up

Stretch your legs as we walk together along Angles Way; join Open Ramble East as we go back to nature. Departing from outside Great Yarmouth train station, this rambling conversation and circular walk is an opportunity to share collective knowledge of local queer culture as we stroll together along this waterside walk.

Local artist Mark Scott-Wood invites walkers to collect objects of interest found along the route. Each object will be turned into a ‘souvenir’ guided by the personal story told by the finder. These will then be modified by repurposing the found items using paper, cardboard, clay, fabric and other materials. The created personal keepsakes, in the style of a seaside cabinet of curiosities, are intended to convey a sense of LGBTQI+ life within the local area; either relating to the tone of the story, the location where the object was found or simply to illustrate that a tale was shared.

The walk is open to those of all fitness levels. The route will likely include uneven paths and steps which may restrict access for those with reduced mobility.

Refreshments provided | Free