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In 2010 Simon Armitage spent 19 days walking the 256 mile Pennine Way as a 'modern troubadour'. This online resource presents archive material relating to the walk and creation of Walking Home, held by Special Collections.
Simon Armitage describes writing 'Walking Home'
SA_Walking Home archive materials
A summary of the Walking Home archive materials
Armitage Harmonium proposa
Details of book proposal 1
Armitage Walking Home Proposal doc
Details of book proposal 2
SA_Walking Home Red Notebook
introduction to the red notebook
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prose diary entry for day 0
Walking Home SA/13
prose diary entry for day 1
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Prose diary entry for day 15
SA_Walking Away/162
red notebook poems introduction
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first draft of the poem 'Cotton Grass'
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second draft of the poem 'Cotton Grass'
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second draft of the poem 'Cotton Grass' continued
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blank page entry headed 'fell ponies'
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Comparison of three types of writing referring to black huts.
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Notes on the changing imagery of 'Above Ickornshaw, Black Huts'
Armitage Notebook Black Huts
Notes on the importance of landscape for the poem
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Notes on the importance of poetic influences
Walking Home SA_162
writing themes listed at the back of the red notebook
SA_Walking Home/Glossop Audience
introduction to the Walking Home photograps
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Walking Home photographs as visual narrative
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Walking Home: poetry as travel guide
writing themes listed at the back of the red notebook
Further reading material for Walking Home.

This resource has shown how archival materials can inform and illuminate our understanding of published texts and the writing process, and it has briefly begun to investigate the complex relationship between writing and landscape.

On Day 10 of the Pennine Way walk, Simon Armitage muses in the red notebook on the ‘idea that poets are born out of the local geology, or that like local geological peculiarities each area has its own poet’. Many other poets and poems are mentioned in Walking Home in relation to – not just what we might call ‘landscape poetry’, but poetry which is more broadly influenced by a sense of place, space, belonging, or region.

The following brief bibliography includes links to the work of some poets and writers mentioned in Walking Home. It also includes printed and electronic resources in the field of literary mapping which you may find useful. Poems by some of the poets can be found on the Poetry Foundation ( and Poetry Archive ( websites.

Poets and Archives

Simon Armitage
Archive: Special Collections, Leeds University Libraries:

George Mackay Brown
Archive: Orkney Library and Archive

Matt Bryden
Poetry Maps Website:

Ted Hughes
Archives and Resources:

Katrina Porteous

Sir Walter Scott
Archives: Walter Scott Digital Archive / Corson Collection, Edinburgh University Library

William and Dorothy Wordsworth
Archive: The Wordsworth Trust


Secondary Criticism and Resources

David Cooper, Christopher Donaldson, Patricia Murrieta-Flores (eds), Literary Mapping in the Digital Age (2016)

David Daiches, Literary Landscapes of the British Isles: a Narrative Atlas (1979)

ETH Zurich, A Literary Atlas of Europe,

Lancaster University, Mapping the Lakes: A Literary GIS

Franco Moretti, Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900 (1998)

Stanford Literary Lab,

Robert T Tally (ed), Spatiality (2013)