Introduction to New Pathways: A Psychogeography of Lewes, 2015

By Margaretta Jolly and Lyn Thomas


Travel writing, like all life writing, is useful, truthful and sometimes beautiful. But in 2015, the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex jumped off track to enjoy the beauty of useless travelling and the art that can be made from it. We took to the town of Lewes for these micro-journeys, because Lewes is on our doorstep (the psychogeographer doesn’t need the exotic), because Lewes and its environs are dreamy, odd and old, if only faintly urban. While the town may be well known for its spectacular Bonfire Night revels (psychogeographical in their own way), we – researchers, writers, filmmakers, artists – got outside the guidebooks to play a little with the town, with truth and ourselves too. READ MORE HERE


Introduction to Psychogeography 

By Adam Whitehall


From Poe to Baudelaire, Benjamin to Woolf, Rebecca Solnit to Ian Sinclair, Robert MacFarlane to Olivia Laing, be they flâneurs, drifters, wayfarers, surrealists or deep topographers, operating as authors, artists or poets, each has followed the compulsion to improvise a walking of his or her city with the serious intent to follow wherever the path might randomly take them, to lose their way, and themselves. As G.K. Chesterton says, “see through the shining riddle of the street”, and thus create palimpsests of superimposed landscapes, alternate histories. READ MORE HERE


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