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Why hurry? Join a score of us who are slowing down at the weekend. 

Winter Slow from 10.00am on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 January Start: Greenwich Foot tunnel (SE10 9HT) and Falconwood station (SE9 2RN)

Our plan for 2020 is to run four seasonal slow marathons around the boundary of the Royal Borough of Greenwich which quite remarkably is almost the exact distance of the marathon. Arguably we can’t walk up the centre of the Thames or along Deptford Creek and it wouldn’t be much fun to walk along the A2 for long, so what we’re hoping to establish is a pleasant route that keeps us close to the borough boundary. 

So we would like to invite you along to join us on a Seasonal Slow beginning with a fact-finding, match-making, route defining walk over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of January. We would like to start promptly at 10 am on Saturday at the Thames foot tunnel entrance by the Cutty Sark (SE10 9HT) and walk along a route that includes passing through Deptford, running parallel with the Creek, climbing onto Blackheath, walking through Lee, Eltham and Oxleas Meadows to finish at Falconwood railway station (SE9 2RN)

Starting again on Sunday, the 26th of January at the same time of 10 am but this time from Falconwood railway station walking north towards Lesnes Abbey Woods through Bostall Woods, along parts of the Green Chain, and then to Thamesmead, to join the Thames Path walking upstream back to the Cutty Sark.

Read more and book - tickets are just £5 and fully refundable once you have joined the walk.

Haiku Encounter - 'Love Lunch' 
from 12.30pm-1.30pm on Wednesday 29 January.
The Hive, Melior Place (SE1 3SZ) 

Get more creative with a Haiku Encounter - quickly gain confidence in observation and written documentation with fun and mind-stretching techniques. We choose haiku, the 3-line short form poem most associated with Japanese culture, as their brevity makes them easy to explain and an amusing challenge to write and recite.

Haiku can be read on two levels: literal and symbolic, so a simple description of a scene qualifies as much as a symbolic interpretation. The former is easily grasped by a novice haiku writer, so within a 45 or 60-minute walkshop, it is quite possible for them to progress to “not tell a story, but rather paint a picture with images”. Whether novice poet or accomplished author, we will introduce you to haiku, including their history, and by the end of the session you will be composing and reciting haiku. You will progress from telling a story to painting a picture with images.

Read more and book - tickets less than £6 and refundable if you come.

Do you know a 14-24 year old who could design the logo for the 2020 Urban Tree Festival - please invite them to submit an entry - more details here - DEADLINE 31 January.
Thrill us this winter with your writing - submit a story of 250 words or under for a chance of being published in a limited illustrated anthology Read more
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