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Graham Greene's Clapham - The End of the Affair

10.30am-12.30pm Sunday 8 March Clapham South underground station SW12 9DU. Read more and book

Join us to explore together a wintry and sinister novel in our next Between the Lines reading walking book club.

Written soon after the Second World War, Graham Greene‘s short novel The End of the Affair is set a few years earlier. Bendrix, the narrator is a professional writer and published author, known by his last name, begins an affair with the wife of a civil servant during the London Blitz as part of his research for a novel.  Ended by Sarah without explanation, a chance meeting two years later, rekindles his lost love and burgeoning jealousy.  His obsessive pursuit of her is set in and around Clapham Common:  he living on the south side and Sarah and her husband Henry on the north side.

‘One of the most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody’s language‘ William Faulkner

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Explore the Urban Forest with Paul Wood: Herne Hill - cherry blossom

10.30am-12.30pm Sunday 29 March Herne Hill station SE24 9QH Read more and book

Opening our new season of Urban Forest Explorations, we are delighted to welcome back Paul Wood, author of ‘London is a Forest’ (2019) and ‘London’s Street Trees‘ (one of the Guardian’s Nature Books of 2017) to entice you to Explore the Urban Forest in Herne Hill

Calling all blossom lovers! We have timed this walk to coincide with some of the most spectacular blossom to be seen in South London. A whole avenue of glorious Japanese Yoshino cherry trees will, with luck, be in full flower. This species is unusual in the UK, but is the most frequently seen Cherry variety found in Tokyo. But it doesn’t end there, further along our route we will see flowering Magnolia and other types of flowering street trees too. To add even more interest, this walk takes in two boroughs, Lambeth and Southwark, each with different planting policies meaning one side of the street may be planted with entirely different species to the other, so we can guarantee a superbly interesting and diverse range of species.

When offered last year, this walkshop sold out before the event ran – book early to avoid disappointment

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Seasonal Slow Marathon - Spring Slow

10.30am-6.00pm Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April Greenwich Foot Tunnel SE10 9HT & Falconwood station SE9 2RN Read more and book

In 2020 we are running four Seasonal Slow marathons around the boundary of the Royal Borough of Greenwichwhich quite remarkably is almost the exact distance of the marathon. The idea is to observe changes in our surroundings and to explore areas of London which some  may regard as off the beaten track.

We would like to invite you to join our Spring Slow Seasonal Slow marathon over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April.  You can sign up to do a half marathon on either Saturday or Sunday or be bold and sign up for the whole 27+miles!

The route we have devised honours the borough boundary as best we could, but to save walking up the centre of the Thames or along the cuttings of the railway or A2, we deviate a little.  A group of 30 Seasonal Slow Marathon pioneers tested out the route over a weekend at the end of January on a Winter Slow, and they recommended slight changes in the route, the pace and potential stopping points. Back in January we had less daylight and it was cold, so we anticipate that elements of the walk will differ in April – come along and find out.

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