Festival writer in residence Professor Mark Rowlands says most of the serious thinking he has done over the last 20 years has been done while running. The professional philosopher has run most of his life and says running and philosophy are inextricably linked. Running within the Pack tells of the most significant runs in his life, including an entire day running as a boy in Wales, and runs along French beaches, up Irish mountains with his wolf Brenin, and through Florida swamps with his dog Nina. Intertwined are the profound meditations on mortality, midlife and the meaning of life that those runs inspired.
Rowlands is professor of philosophy at the University of Miami and author of a dozen books including the bestselling The Philosopher and the Wolf. He is one of two writers in residence at this year’s festival.
This event is held in association with The Landmark Trust, a building preservation charity established to rescue historic and architecturally interesting buildings and to let them as holiday homes. There are two properties in Oxford, the Old Parsonage in Iffley and the Steward’s House in the Oxford Union.