Daisy Dunn

Why do writers enjoy walking so much?

BBC radio has dedicated several programmes to the pursuit. Most engaging was Professor Jonathan Bate retracing Wordsworth's visit to revolutionary France

Writers like walking. When people ask us why, we say it’s what writers do. ‘Just popping out to buy a pencil,’ we cry, before tootling along the tarmac à la Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin or George Sand. BBC Radio likes walking, too, to judge by the number of programmes dedicated to the pursuit this fortnight.

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