Mad John’s Walk
Published by Five Leaves Publications
Five Leaves Bookshop Occasional Papers
In the autumn of 2016, poet John Gallas decided to follow the route taken by John Clare when he escaped from Matthew Allen’s High Beach Asylum in Epping Forest and made his way back to his home in Northborough. This pamphlet is a light-hearted account of that eighty mile journey in which Gallas reflects on the similarities and differences between Clare’s world and today. A new poem for each day of the walk is included.
John Gallas is a New Zealand poet who was recently made Fellow of the English Association, and was the 2016 poet-in-residence at the St Magnus Festival, Orkney.