Vybarr Cregan-Reid, Reader in English and Environmental Humanities in the School of English and author of the acclaimed book Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human, will be joined by Lauren Elkin at the Rose Lane branch of Waterstones in Canterbury on Wednesday 7 December at 6.30pm. Vybarr, whose book was published earlier this year, has recently appeared at both the Folkestone Book Festival and the Hay Festival Winter Weekend. Lauren will be discussing her book Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London which was recently selected as Radio 4 Book of the Week. Tickets to the talk, ‘The Poetry of Motion’, can be purchased for £3 in store. Both authors’ books will be available to purchase on the night.
Running is not just a sport. It can be something magical, a way to recover some of the joy that modern life increasingly denies us as we spend our times connected to our phones, emails and social media.
When Vybarr Cregan-Reid set out to discover why running meant so much to so many, he began a journey which would take him throughout Britain, Europe and the States, to the world’s most advanced running laboratories and research centres, to discover more about the history of the places we know and how we use them. Using debates in literature, philosophy and biology to explore that simple human desire to run, this liberating and inspiring book reminds us why feeling the earth beneath our feet is a necessary and healing part of our lives. (Ebury Press, 2016)