Open Ramble East | A walk with Ian Giles & James McDermott

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Join Open Ramble East for a walk across Colchester based on LGBTQI+ histories and contemporary sites. Organised by and for local LGBTQI+ people in collaboration with Ian Giles, James McDermott and Katie Kennedy.

Meeting point for the Colchester walk is Firstsite.
Walk is from 2pm – 4pm (4-miles approx)
Finishing back at Firstsite there will be cakes and refreshments.

East Anglian queer writer James McDermott has written five texts which will be performed at locations with queer significance, including a sonnet to the former gay bars of Colchester, a monologue about cruising in Hilly Fields park and a soundscape inspired by Outhouse East, the town’s LGBTQ drop-in centre and former gay switchboard.

The walk will be followed by free refreshments back at Firstsite. Join Colchester artist and designer Katie Kennedy to print a nature inspired interactive tablecloth and Open Ramble East picnic sacks to take home.

The route will likely include uneven pavements and steps which may restrict access for those with reduced mobility. The walk is open to those of all fitness levels.

Organised by Ian Giles for New Geographies as part of the Jane’s Walk Festival. Jane’s Walk is a free walking festival that takes place in towns and cities worldwide over the first weekend in May, honouring the life and legacy of the urbanist Jane Jacobs.

New Geographies is a three-year project, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, remapping the East of England based on local reflections and stories of unexplored or overlooked places, rather than on historic or economical centres. Through 10 new public art commissions, New Geographies hopes to draw attention to overlooked or forgotten places, stories and histories.