‘Desire Paths: Real Walks to Nonreal Places’
Book Reading and Q&A with author, Roy Bayfield
The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice is pleased to present a book reading with Roy Bayfield celebrating the launch of his book, Desire Paths.
Desire Paths is a creative non-fiction book about walking. Through accounts of ‘an array of obscurely connected walks that Roy has undertaken over the years’, the narrative explores various roles, tactics and perspectives of ‘mythogeography’ – a practice which is ‘influenced by, and draws on, psychogeography – seeking to reconnect with some of its original political edge as well as with its more recent additions…a pedestrian pastime for any interested walker…a serious academic discourse, engaging with subjects like geography, tourism studies and spatial theory’.
Roy will introduce and read from the book, and share thoughts on how simply walking can be a playful, disruptive, affirming interaction with the urban environment.
“Welcome to the world transformed as possibility. Where the smell of bread from a bakery demolished decades earlier still lingers in the air. Where Princess Diana lives as a lipstick smear on a Harrods wineglass. What is real (or seen) is ‘intercut’ with the unseen (but not unreal) so as to create new realities of seeing. Ultimately, these Desire Paths converge beautifully in a book that mythogeographically maps the moments of a life, searching restlessly for what might appear at any given turn, on any given road.” – James Byrne (Author: Everything Broken Up Dances)
5.30pm Registration and refreshments
6.00pm Event start
7.00pm Reception and networking
Roy has a long history lurking in the margins of performance art and writing. His publications include a story in the seminal anthology Britpulp! (ed. Tony White), a chapter in the defining work on the new psychogeography, Walking Inside Out (ed. Tina Richardson) and a poetry collection, Bypass Pilgrim. Roy is Director of Corporate Communications at Edge Hill University.