Walt Whitman Weekend 27th and 28th May 2022

This year we have a very special series of events. Please join us where you can.

Please see revised bus details below

Friday 27th May 3.00 pm
DIY Leaves of Grass Book Making Workshop
Venue: Bolton Central Library
Discover about the creation of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. US Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener will provide an introduction to the creation of the revolutionary first edition of Leaves of Grass, designed by its author, who even helped set the type. Participants will learn about the Walt Whitman Initiative’s public humanities ‘DIY Leaves of Grass’ project while practicing the basics of book making as Whitman knew them. Three finely reproduced book sections (or signatures) will be provided. Places are limited to ten and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Suitable for ages 16+.
Cost £11.37 Book at Eventbrite. Link below
Saturday 28th May 2.00pm from Barrow Bridge bus circle.
Annual Whitman Walk
A walk to celebrate Walt Whitman’s birthday and the historic links between Bolton and the USA’s most important poet. We set off from Barrow Bridge at 2.00 pm and make our way up the miner’s steps to Walker Fold. We cross over to the car park and up the track towards Burnt Edge before dropping down towards Colliers Row, head towards Brian Hey Farm via Coalpit Road and back to Barrow Bridge. Total distance is roughly five miles but if you can’t manage that join us at Walker Fold car park. From there we’ll take the Burnt Edge footpath, picnic on the grassy bank and listen to readings from Leaves of Grass before continuing the walk.
Buses to Barrow Bridge:

Bus to Barrow Bridge: 526 leaves from Stand N at the interchange at 1.30. Please check they’re running before setting out.

Saturday 28th May  7.00 pm
Whitman on the Walls!
Whitman on the Walls! Is a British-American collaboration featuring 7 short films with over 50 global actors and 40 local Bolton performers responding to American writer Walt Whitman. As the work tours the world, each film will be followed by local poets/performers who will ‘talk back’ to Whitman in their own words, thus weaving together film and live recitation in a celebration of freedom and community.
Free admission. Register on Eventbrite. Link below