101. Werner Herzog - Of Walking in Ice


This episode was recorded live at the End of the Road Festival. Our guest is Luke Turner, author of the acclaimed memoir Out of the Woods which was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and longlisted for the Polari Prize for first book by an LGBT+ writer. Luke has also been selected by Val McDiarmid as one of 10 most important LGBT+ writers for a British Council and National Centre for Writing initiative. In 2019 he’s been co-curating a programme of arts events celebrating the landscape and people of Epping Forest as part of Waltham Forest's stint as the first London Borough of Culture. He’s co-founder and editor of The Quietus and writes for a variety of publications.

The book Luke is here to discuss is Of Walking in Ice, the legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog’s account of the journey he made from Munich to Paris on foot in December 1974 to visit the doyenne of German film, Lotte Eisner, who he believed to be dying. It was first published in 1978, and appeared in an English translation by Alan Greenberg, published by Jonathan Cape in 1980.

Books mentioned:

Werner Herzog - Of Walking in Ice; A Guide for the Perplexed (Conversations with Paul Cronin)
Luke Turner - Out of the Woods
Denise Riley - Time Lived, Without Its Flow; Say Something Back
Stewart Lee - March of the Lemmings: Brexit in Print and Performance 2016–2019
Derek Jarman - Modern Nature: Journals 1989 - 1990
J.A. Baker - The Peregrine
Alan Garner - The Voice that Thunders

Other links:

Werner Herzog on Lotte Eisner
The Great Ecstasy of Wood Carver Steiner (1974)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
Encounters at the End of the World (2009)
Into the Abyss (2011)
Burden of Dreams: The Making of Fitzcarraldo
Grizzly Man (2011)
Wender Herzog on writing
Popol Vuh - soundtrack to Nosferatu