What book would you take for a walk?


Misha Myers & Dee Heddon

In 1794, John Hucks and Coleridge walked to North Wales. Hucks carried with him the poems of Thomas Churchyard.In 1802, Coleridge walked through Cumberland, carrying with him 'a shirt, a cravat, two pairs of stockings, tea, sugar, pens and paper, his night-cap, and a book of German poetry wrapped in green oilskin.' He apparently read the Book of Revelations in Buttermere.In 1818, Keats travelled the Lake District and up to Scotland with his friend Charles Brown. Keats' carried Dante's Divine Comedy, Brown the works of Milton.In 2012, Dee Heddon and Misha Myers walked across Belgium, carrying Werner Herzog's Of Walking in Ice, Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain, Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost etc. etc. ...

The Walking Library

The Walking Library is a peripatetic library filled with books that people have suggested are good to take on a walk: books about walking, books about journeys, books about place, books about small details of the everyday, books prompting attention, reflection, reverie, and flights of fancy...

We are carrying this library, on our backs, across the breadth of Belgium. Feel free to browse, share, and discuss whatever takes your interest here. Or leave a comment on a Walking Library Catalogue Card.


The books in the Walking Library will be donated to Sideways at the end of the festival, providing them with a precious resource for the future. If you would like to suggest a book that the Walking Library should stock, please fill in a Catalogue Card with your name, the title and author of the book, and your reason for suggesting it. Even better, if you would like to actually donate a book to the Library, please drop it into the Library when you visit or send it, with a card attached, to: Trage Wegen vzw Kasteellaan 349A, 9000 Gent, Belgium.

A library is always more than a collection of books...

The Walking Library at Sideways has been financially supported by: