I was determined to utilise the window of “daily permissible exercise” allocated to individuals under the first UK lockdown, and Psychogeography Sunday became a highlight of the week using prompts from Manchester’s Loiterers Resistance Movement and sync walkers following #DistanceDrift on Twitter. It also inspired me to create new work (mainly poetry, but also some prose) based on my wanders and observations (I do a lot of thinking about projects while walking). Part of this piece was written from notes I took on a dérive on Sunday 24 May 2020, entitled ‘Behind The Seens’; theme ‘escaping surveillance’; instructions: ‘Play walking “hide and seek” / Where are you unseen? / Who or what sees you not? / What is hiding from you? / What do you find?’ The dérive was created by Tamsin Grainger and was the fifth in a series of six ‘Unlocked Walks’ organised online through Edinburgh’s Residents Association.
Sarah-Clare Conlon is a writer and editor based in Manchester, where she studied French and Creative Writing, and is the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Victoria Baths. Bridport shortlisted and a Salt Prizes winner for flash fiction, her prose and poetry has been published by Cōnfingō, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Dunlin Press, Lighthouse and Stand, and in 2021 appears with Osmosis, PERVERSE, PN Review, Poetry Scotland, Splonk, Sublunary’s Firmament and The Interpreter’s House. Her poetry pamphlet cache-cache is out in Spring 2022 with Contraband; her prose pamphlet Marine Drive follows in Autumn 2022 with Broken Sleep Books.