The Walt Whitman Walk and Bolton Whitman Fellowship
Walt Whitman the American poet (1819-1892) has a long association with Bolton. His supporters in the town were known as the Whitmanites. To celebrate the poetry of Walt Whitman an annual walk with readings takes place close to his birthday the 31st of May. The details of the 2010 walk are now available.
The modern Walt Whitman Walk takes place on the last Saturday in May. The Walk takes a different route each year but is a circular walk traditionally starting and finishing at Barrow Bridge.
The walk is punctuated by frequent stops to read Walt's Poetry and drink from a "Loving Cup". The Cup used is not the original, the original Cup is held by Bolton Museum. This year we will use a Loving Cup commissioned from a local Artisan for the 2009 walk.
The Walk is a very informal affair with those walkers who wish to reading poems that they like or that others may have requested.
All are welcome, whether your interest is in the poetry of Walt Whitman or a walk with pleasant company and fellowship.
Bank Street Unitarian Chapel will be holding a service on the Sunday in Celebration of the association of the Whitmanites with The Chapel and Eagle Street College.