Walking with Faye from a direct access hostel to her special place in the city: walking, body and image space. A visual essay

Margaret O'Neill, Catrina McHugh

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This article shares a walk with Faye, who was living in a direct access hostel, and Open Clasp women’s theatre company, to think through the themes of this special edition: the role of vision and imagery in fostering the imagination, ‘creative seeing’ and creative knowing. As a participatory, arts-based methodology, walking has much to recommend it, especially when combined with visual and biographical forms of research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-223
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of social work practice
Issue number2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Mar 2017

Bibliographical note

Catrina McHugh. is artistic director and writer of Open Clasp Theatre Company, a multi award-winning women's theatre company based in the north-east of England since 1998. Open Clasp collaborate with women on the margins of society to create exciting theatre for personal, social and political change. Our work is directly informed by the lived experiences of the women and young women we work with and rooted in the belief that theatre changes lives. We are committed to working in partnership and sharing good practice, engaging with policy-makers to provide vital first-hand research, evaluation and recommendations. Address: Open Clasp Women’s Theatre Company, West End Women and Girls Centre, Newcastle, UK.


  • walking methods, theatre methods, radical democratic imaginary, sex work, homelessness,

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