22 – 28 October


Unfolding Maps: Audio Walk with Matthew Beaumont, with soundscape by Ian Maleney

Friday, 23 Oct
Free. Sign up to be emailed the audio file on Fri 23 May.

Here is the link to access 'Undistracted Walking: An Audio Walk with Matthew Beaumont and Ian Maleney', presented as part of the Unfolding Maps strand at ILFDublin 2020: https://soundcloud.com/ilfdublin/unfolding-maps-no-lost-steps-by-matthew-beaumont-with-ian-maleney

Please note that there is no fixed starting point for the audio walk, but the piece is intended to be experienced while walking outdoors.


For Tim Robinson, walking was an act of deep engagement, and a way of generating the intensely detailed books that made his name. Writer Matthew Beaumont’s focus is urban: focusing on the literary history of walking and the significance of urban walking as a political act. His forthcoming book The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern City is a brilliant new history of writers and walkers - including Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and H.G. Wells - which asks: can you get lost in a crowd? And can we save the city – or ourselves – by taking to the pavement?

Ian Maleney is a writer and sound artist. His poignant debut essay collection Minor Monuments explores what binds us to others and to ourselves. Part memoir and part exploration, his essays unfold from the landscape of the Irish midlands. He is the founder of Fallow Media, an interdisciplinary publication for music, photography, and long-form writing on the internet.

Presented by the International Literature Festival Dublin, a Dublin City Council initiative, with kind support by Galway 2020 and IPB.

The Gutter Bookshop is sad they can’t be at the festival in person this year but you can browse (and purchase!) books by the featured authors at the special ILFDublin festival shop - CLICK HERE. And remember that there’s no postage to pay in Ireland if you spend over €30 or if you choose to collect your books from either of our bookshops. Just choose the ‘Free Shipping’ or ‘Click & Collect’ options at checkout!