Join us for an evening of walking and reading Phil Smith’s new genre-breaking novel about Milton Keynes: The MK Myth.
The MK Myth combines a fictional novel with a real, walkable, journey around Milton Keynes. The idea is that you can read the book as a stand alone novel in the comfort of your own home anywhere in the world, or you can take to the Redways, verges and towpaths of Milton Keynes, to walk its lines, experience the journey of the central character, and follow in 'K's' footsteps. To celebrate the launch of the book we will follow Phil’s footsteps from MK Gallery, through Campbell Park to Gulliver’s Land as he brings the book to life, reading extracts from the novel and sharing anecdotes from the writing of the work. At Gulliver’s participants of the walk are invited to join Triarchy Press (the book’s publisher) and Phil in toasting its genesis. Other highlights of the evening include a short tour of Gulliver’s Land, music and opportunities to purchase your own copy of the novel.
‘The MK Myth’ is a novel based on walking Milton Keynes. It has created a new myth for the city and anyone can walk its route and enjoy its fictional adventure, either reading as they wander or in the comfort of their armchair. The novel seeks to respond to the generally accepted misrepresentation of MK as a soulless collection of roundabouts and reveals the ignored mysteries, wonders and tragedies of the city. The book comes with a fully-described route through the city that a reader can follow. Indeed, the reader can literally walks in the footsteps of the central character ‘K’, a young woman who works as a marketing rep in a local company, as she finds herself having to cross the city on foot and discovering a city within the city, a city she had always been so close to but never knew. Along the way she meets a vast array of local characters from Amazon delivery men and wheezy female tour guides to a sixteenth century alchemist and the Archangel Gabriel. She visits a huge array of places from beautiful chapels to hidden wastelands, from suburban obelisks to splendid windmills. The plot of the novel concerns how attempts by ‘K’ to promote her new marketing programme become sidetracked by a war in heaven and ‘K’ get caught up in a battle between two motley groups of characters; but are they all parts of her own imagination? The resolution of her dilemmas and predicament is one that the reader plays a part in choosing.
The MK Myth walking/reading tour will take place on Friday 14th September leading from MK Gallery to Gulliver's Land
Times: 18:30 - 19:00
The MK Myth Book Launch will take place on Friday 14th September at Gulliver’s Land
19:00 - 20:00
Reserve a ticket for both the tour and the launch here:
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This work has been commissioned by Tracing the Pathway as part of their project Groundwork, a cross-arts platform and research project about Milton Keynes. The MK Myth forms part of Pedalling Culture, a Cultural Destinations Fund programme funded by Arts Council England and has received support from Triarchy Press as publishers and Threshold Studios for the Digitalis Project which partly informed the work on this novel.