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Heavy Time

Sonia Overall

"Inspiring, grounded, magical ... a talisman of a book"

Helen Mort
features illustrations and maps by oliver barrett

In Heavy Time psychogeographer Sonia Overall takes to the old pilgrim roads, navigating a route from Canterbury to Walsingham via London and her home town of Ely.

Vivid in her evocation of a landscape of ancient chapels, ruined farms and suburban follies, Overall’s secular pilgrim elevates the ordinary, collecting roadside objects — feathers, a bingo card, a worn penny — as relics. Facing injury and interruption, she takes the path of the lone woman walker, seeking out ‘thin places’ where past and present collide, and where new ways of living might begin.


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Please note: due to the recent change in tax regulations, we are currently unable to ship to EU countries.
248 pages
ISBN 9781908058836
Published 1 June 2021
Cover design: Dowon Jung


Heavy Time is a talisman of a book. It doesn’t just describe a pilgrimage, it becomes one, for both writer and reader. It is an invitation to resist “busyness”, to think of ourselves as explorers, to seek out “the everyday divine”. Beautiful and essential.
Helen Mort

A fabulous read.
James Canton

Heavy Time draws the reader in to join Sonia Overall on her pilgrimage... The book has the immediacy of a notebook completed on a journey, with marginal notes clocking up progress and beautiful little pen and ink miniatures by Oliver Barrett punctuating the text.
Bobby Seal, Psychogeographic Review

This is a fabulously grounded, earthy book of practicalities. It’s immediate and intimate, a deeply personal story.
Clare Wadd, Caught by the River

About the author

Sonia Overall is a writer, psychogeographer and writing tutor living in East Kent. Her published work includes novels, poetry, short stories, academic articles and features, many of which touch on psychogeography, spirit of place and aspects of the weird. Sonia is a member of the Walking Artists Network and founder and curator of Women Who Walk, a network for walking academics and creatives. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she runs the MA in Creative Writing.

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