For Myth Maps I will map the walks that we took, not just the route we followed but the people who were with me (the Intrepid Explorers!), what they said, the tales we told, the dreams we dreamt, what happened on that particular walk on that particular day with that particular group. The myths we made.
Walk 1 in February started at St Mary's Lane where Leicester Road meets Standard Hill. Following footpaths across the fields, we looked for "treasure", listened to the sounds, and responded to the shapes of the land by running, jumping and climbing.
The walk took on a surreal, dreamlike quality, children finding delight in small, strange things they discovered, that seemed out of place and time.
They climbed trees and dug at the sides of fields, making up stories about magical lands and the King of the Forest.
My first map is called A Map of the Real and Surreal.
|A Map of the Real and Surreal: work in progress|
Walk 2 started in Ravenstone at Woodstone School, a new school by new houses and next to a host of young trees still being planted into a new woodland.
|Ravenstone to Snibston: work in progress|
Crossing through a newly made park full of mounds and mole hills, we then zigzagged through Ravenstone and into a playing field, down an old green lane and onto Church Lane, lined with 19th century houses.
Back across a field and up the steep hill where suddenly we saw Snibston below us, and the children raced down the hill to get there!
This walk seemed to take on the theme of different times overlapping and connecting, the old, new and the yet to come. Each space we passed through had its own sound, its own atmosphere. Some places had a sense that somebody had just been there - fresh animal tracks, the marks of footballers' boot studs.
|An archeaological dig?|
I have long had a feeling that Snibston as a place is where the past, present and future co-exist. When I asked Jack, one of the boys on the second walk, where he thought the oldest place on our walk had been, he said "Snibston". When I asked him where was the newest place, he thought for a while and then said "Snibston" again! And he's exactly right!
The final walk is on Sunday, starting from Belvoirdale School in Coalville.