I was commissioned by Pentlands Book Festival to write about my experience of pandemic daily exercise, and curate a thread of community responses – in the form of creative non-fiction, poetry, drawings, paintings and maps – based on walks made individually by participants.
I created a collective poem from the words of all 13 contributors:
My own text comprised 5 short essays based on my walks, with seasonal & social observations and photographs, reproduced here on my own blog:
There was an online panel event, with discussion & readings, to celebrate the project, during Book Week Scotland 2020
Helen Boden is a Yorkshire-born, Edinburgh-based writer, educator and editor, widely published in poetry magazines and anthologies. Her first collection A Landscape to Figure In will be published by Red Squirrel Press in 2021. She also collaborates with visual artists to make responsive poems and place-specific text. A former lecturer in English and Scottish Literature at Edinburgh University, she has been an independent Literature professional since 2003, specialising in: Writing for Wellbeing, Writing & Place, Writing & Visual Arts.