Walking Library for a Wild City | fiadh-bhaile (2018) is a collaboration between The Walking Library and artist Alec Finlay, and conceived for Festival 2018, the cultural and arts programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. This project explores the nature of an urban setting, reflects on what wild means in a city context, to discover what a wild city is and imagine what it might become. For this library we asked for suggestions in response to the following questions:
What book reveals wildness in the city?
What book would you rewild by walking?
The books that people have suggested for this library for both adults and children range wildly from those which help us see what is sometimes overlooked or under-acknowledged – e.g. the variety of wild things growing in vacant lots or the secret lives of pigeons – to dystopian apocalyptic fiction where cities are destroyed but nature survives and helpful pocket guides to urban foraging.
As we walk and read and look and sense together we re-map the “dear green city” of Glasgow – the green howe — and rediscover the significance of old names – Sauchiehall Street, willowhaugh; the Kelvin, the reedy river – as a prompt to the invention of new ones.
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 keep adding to this site with documentation as the project continues.
The Walking Library for a Wild City continues to receive donations and suggestions, but you can find the most up to date catalogue below complete with the reasons they’ve been suggested. Thank you to everyone who has helped us build the collection through your suggestions and activate it through walking and reading it together in the wild city of Glasgow.
WALKING LIBRARY for a WILD CITY CATALOGUE