Ways of Walking is a nine-part series of poetry and painting by Theophilus Kwek and Alvin Ong. This is their second artistic collaboration, having worked together on Kwek’s poetry collection, Giving Ground, in 2016. The initial inspiration for the project began with Ong taking part in the camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The paintings he subsequently produced he offered to Kwek as fodder for his own poetic interpretation. The resultant collection is a beautiful dialogue between poet and painter, between the written and the visual.
The book is hand bound, printed on GF Smith Colourplan, and is limited to a print run of 100 copies.
Vitally, Ong and Kwek decided that all proceeds from the pamphlet would go towards supporting the work of Oxford-based charity, Refugee Resource. Refugee Resource aims to relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants through the provision of psychological, social and practical support.
Theophilus Kwek is the author of three collections, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue (2011), Circle Line (2013), and Giving Ground (2016). He won the Martin Starkie Prize in 2014 and the Jane Martin Prize in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. Alvin Ong is currently studying as a graduate at the Royal College of Art, you can find out more about his work and upcoming exhibitions via his website.