Simon Armitage's Walking Away, a poetic account of his travels along the South West coastal path is published today! DGA enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining evening at Foyles, Charing Cross Road last night, where Simon read extracts to a packed audience. A thoroughly recommended page-turner.
Walking Away, as heard on BBC Radio 4, is the brilliant sequel to his acclaimed bestseller Walking Home.
Not content with walking the Pennine Way as a modern day troubadour, the restless poet has followed up that journey with a walk of the same distance but through the very opposite terrain and in a direction far from home.
In Walking Away Simon Armitage swaps the moorland uplands of the north for the coastal fringes of Britain's south west, once again giving readings every night, but this time through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finish.
From the surreal pleasuredome of Minehead Butlins to a smoke-filled roundhouse on the Penwith Peninsula then out to the Isles of Scilly and beyond, Armitage tackles this personal Odyssey with all the poetic reflection and personal wit we've come to expect of one of Britain's best loved and most popular writers.