A pilgrimage is more than just a walk in a landscape. Free author talk with Guy Stagg, Victoria Field, Katherine May as part of the North Downs Way Pilgrims Festival.

  • 3pm - 5pm
  • Wye

A pilgrimage is more than just a walk in a landscape. When we walk, especially when that walk is imbued with meaning, we can experience profound and lasting change.

Three recently published memoirs have explored this idea. At this unique event, part of the North Downs Way Pilgrim Festival, their authors will read from their work and answer questions on how pilgrimage can be transformational in a variety of ways.

  • Guy Stagg’s The Crossway is an account of his 10 month walk from Canterbury to Jerusalem and was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. It charts the author’s struggle to walk towards recovery, and asks whether religion can still have meaning for those without faith.
  • Katherine May’s The Electricity of Every Living Thing describes the year in which she set out to walk the South West Coast Path, and discovered along the way she was autistic. This is a moving, funny, perspective-shifting memoir of nature, motherhood, and self-acceptance.
  • Victoria Field’s Baggage explores the ending of her marriage through the lens of a pilgrimage to Santiago. ‘She weaves these two accounts into a living tapestry of her life: here is the numinous, the sexual, the spiritual, the poetic, the humorous, the sorrowful.’

Tickets are free but places are limited.

Location, St Gregory and St Martin Church, Wye, TN25 5BL

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