By Simon Armitage
In summer season 2010 Simon Armitage determined to stroll the Pennine approach. The hard 256-mile path is mostly approached from south to north, from Edale within the top District to Kirk Yetholm, the opposite aspect of the Scottish border. He resolved to take on it the opposite direction around: via attractive and bleak terrain, throughout lonely fells and into the howling wind, he will be strolling domestic, in the direction of the Yorkshire village the place he was once born.
Travelling as a 'modern troubadour' and not using a penny in his pocket, he stopped alongside tips to provide poetry readings in village halls, church buildings, pubs and residing rooms. His audiences diversified from the passionate to the detached, and his readings have been observed by way of the clacking of pool balls, the drumming of rain and the bleating of sheep.
WALKING domestic describes this outstanding, but usual, trip. It's a narrative approximately Britain's distant and neglected inside - the wildness of its panorama and the generosity of the locals who sustained him on his trip. It's approximately dealing with emotional and actual demanding situations, and occasionally overcoming them. It's nature writing, yet with humans at its middle. Contemplative, relocating and droll, it's a exact narrative from one in every of our so much cherished writers.