The Walking Library for a Wild City| An Leabharlann air Ghluasad airson Fiadh-bhaile

dee crane.pngPhotograph by Mhairi Law

The Walking Library is delighted to be making a new Walking Library to map Glasgow as a Wild City, in collaboration with the artist Alec Finlay as part of the European Championship Festival 2018. Wild City is a program of participative walks, public readings, and workshops that will culminate in a book and blog mapping new walks through rewilded streets. The walks will be documented by photographer Mhairi Law, and there will be a series of associated walkshops with the poet Ken Cockburn.  We’ll update this site with this documentation once the project finishes.

We invite you to be a part of Wild City and our new Walking Library by suggesting books for us to walk with.

What book reveals wildness in the city? 

What book would you rewild by walking?

We are seeking books for adults and books for children and young people.

The Walking Library for a Wild City will be donated to local organisations.

Please email your suggestions to

Please include

Title of book

Author of book

Reason for suggesting this particular book

Your name (optional)

Use & Consent

The Walking Library depends on public participation and we want to make sure that our work is ethical. We’d like to inform you about how we will use the information you send us. We will include it in a digitally available catalogue and attach it to the book if it’s carried in The Walking Library. Digital reproductions of your written material may be used in future exhibitions of The Walking Library. We may also use it in public presentations, research papers, journal articles, websites and book chapters.

By sending us this information, you are giving us your consent to use it in this way. If you’d rather your contribution was anonymous, please do not include your name with the suggestion. You can withdraw your contribution any time before The Walking Library is released for public circulation in Walking Library events and we will delete it from our records.

Storage of data

We will extract your suggestion from your email and it won’t be stored or associated with your email address. We’ll store the information on the project’s password encrypted hard drive and Dropbox cloud service account and only the project team will have access to this data. All emails, hardcopy and electronic data collected will be destroyed once it is no longer required.


This project is part of our practice-based research (Dee Heddon at University of Glasgow & Misha Myers at Monash University).

If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the project, please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow ( and/or the Executive Officer, Monash University Human Research Ethics (MUHREC):

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Supported by Festival 2018

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3 thoughts on “The Walking Library for a Wild City| An Leabharlann air Ghluasad airson Fiadh-bhaile

  1. Stewart Miller

    Not sure if its what you are after, but this got me to thinking about Margaret Atwood’s Environmental Disaster Trilogy (Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood and MaddAdam). After disaster strikes, the journeys the characters make become much more difficult (generally by foot) and much more fraught with danger, with fear of attack. They can’t necessarily relax, walk and enjoy nature any more, in a way that we currently take for granted. Also interesting, because after the disaster and the disappearance of most human activity, we get descriptions of re-wilding taking place in what were once towns etc.; might inspire people to check out post industrial sites in Glasgow? Finally, and perhaps also of relevance, is that some of the humans who survived, belonged to a cult called the ‘Gods Gardeners’ with lots of emphasis here on the importance of being able to grow your own food and being self-sufficient. Might inspire people to check out and get involved with community gardens in Glasgow?

  2. stewart miller

    The other book that comes to mind is Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’. Again, post apocalyptic, but essentially one long walk by a father and a son, to somewhere they hope will be safer. Glasgow isn’t quite post apocalyptic yet, but you do sometimes have to make an effort to get out and see the beautiful green spaces that we still have in the city….


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