Country lanes, wintry beaches and city streets

Tuesday 29th August 2023

Christmas WalkTwelve Poems for Rosy Cheeks

The festive season may be a little way off, but our Christmas title is all ready to usher us into the end of the year and solve those Christmas gift quandaries…

The antidote to festive stodge and too much television, a Christmas walk has become as traditional as turkey and crackers. Whatever the weather, we don hats, scarves and boots to venture outside. The point is to crunch over snow, stamp through puddles or just to breathe the different air – all while sharing time with loved ones.

In these twelve poems – the winners in our seasonal competition – we experience everything from an expedition to gather holly to a beach in Australia where “the sand is white as snow”. Over and again comes the idea that a walk can be a pilgrimage, sparking memories and a sense of the abiding presence of the past.

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