The Crossway - A Talk by Guy Stagg

Talk Heritage Pilgrimage

Back by popular demand, Southwark Cathedral and publishers Pan MacMillan are delighted to host this talk by Guy Stagg about his recent publication The Crossway.

A BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' in 2018

 

‘Moving and thought-provoking’ Observer


‘An extraordinary travelogue, strange and brilliant’ i


‘A beguiling portrait of one young man’s search into the hidden corners of Europe’ Sunday Times

 

When Guy Stagg decided to walk from Canterbury to Jerusalem, he spent the next ten months following medieval pilgrim paths across 5,500 km. He began the journey after suffering several years of mental illness, hoping the ritual would heal him. Travelling alone and without support, he had to rely each night on the charity of strangers.

The Crossway is an account of Stagg’s extraordinary journey. It describes the dangers he faced on the road, captures the people he met and the landscapes he experienced, offers a unique insight into contemporary faith, and – most movingly – lays bare his struggle to escape the past and walk towards recovery.

In 2013 Guy Stagg made a pilgrimage from Canterbury to Jerusalem. Though a non-believer, he began the journey after suffering several years of mental illness, hoping the ritual would heal him. For ten months he hiked alone on ancient paths, crossing ten countries and more than 5,500 kilometres. The Crossway is an account of this extraordinary adventure.

Having left home on New Year's Day, Stagg climbed over the Alps in midwinter, spent Easter in Rome with a new pope, joined mass protests in Istanbul and survived a terrorist attack in Lebanon. Travelling without support, he had to rely each night on the generosity of strangers, staying with monks and nuns, priests and families. As a result, he gained a unique insight into the lives of contemporary believers and learnt the fascinating stories of the soldiers and saints, missionaries and martyrs who had followed these paths before him.

The Crossway is a book full of wonders, mixing travel and memoir, history and current affairs. At once intimate and epic, it charts the author's struggle to walk towards recovery, and asks whether religion can still have meaning for those without faith.

Guy Stagg was born in 1988 and grew up in Paris, Heidelberg, Yorkshire and London. He read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and on graduating worked in politics. Later he was an assistant comment editor at the Daily Telegraph, and has also written for the New Statesman and the Literary Review.

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark will be hosting an audience Q&A after Guy's talk.

Guy's publication will be available to purchase and he will be signing copies afterwards.