08 Oct

Louisa Thomsen Brits at Burgh House

When you live in a city like London, it can be hard to appreciate the natural world, but not impossible. Little pockets of the city remind us of the pleasures of walking through nature; strolling along a familiar path in Richmond Park or on Hampstead Heath can give us a sense of calm, reassurance and connectivity.

This is the exact sentiment expressed in Louisa Thomsen Brits’ latest book Path: A short story about reciprocity. Inspired by the art of Richard Long and the work of Robert Macfarlane, the book blends poetry, prose, and non-fiction writing to create a thought-provoking and immersive work about walking through nature.

On Friday, the launch of Path was held at Burgh House in Hampstead – a site that is just a stone’s throw away from one of the largest green spaces in London. In conversation with Matthew Clayton, Louisa talked of her own ramblings along the luminous chalk paths of East Sussex, and how well-trodden walkways provided her with support and encouragement.  The event also showcased the stunning film photography shot by Jim Marsden, as he accompanied Louisa on one of her walks.

In the haze of a Friday afternoon in the city, it was lovely to take a step back, breathe, and soak up the tranquillity of this event. We were thrilled to witness Louisa sharing her profound insights into the importance of taking time to wander in the outside world. Thank you to Louisa and The Do Book Co. for hosting this fantastic session!

Path: a short story about reciprocity by Louisa Thomsen Brits is published by The Do Book Company

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