AUTHORS: Phil Smith (sometimes also Crab Man and Cecile Oak)
Dr. Phil Smith has claws in several different worlds. One, large and wide, is in performance and music theatre [he has written more than 100 plays for companies including St Petersburg State Comedy Theatre, Opera North and Perpetual Motion, and he is dramaturg with TNT (Munich)].
From site-specific performances in South Devon beach huts, lidos, tea shops and other unconventional settings, to mis-guides in National Trust properties, to counter-tours and drifts in city streets, Crab Man has long practised what he preaches.
He is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth and a visiting lecturer at the University of Exeter.
He is also one of four core member of a group of artist-researchers called Wrights and Sites, who have generated a range of mis-guides, performances, possible cities and forests and other wonders and are authors of The Architect-Walker: A Mis-Guide.
"The undisputed king of Mythogeography is Phil Smith" - Jane Samuels
Find all sorts of glinting magpie attractors at Smithereens.
Review his book and film reviews.
Read his Mythoughts
Go to the Counter-Tourism website
Go to the Mythogeography website
5 Ways to Use a Map ~ The full video collection of Tactics for Counter-Tourism ~ Psychogeography Today
Below, Phil's 'The Rough Arts of Contemporary Walking' - an excellent introduction to the man and his habit:
“Walking with Phil is like having my very own Doctor Who” - Siobhan Mckeown, film maker and dj Shibby Shitegeist
All Phil Smith's books with Triarchy Press:
A Sardine Street Box of Tricks ~ Anywhere ~ Counter-Tourism: Handbook
Counter-Tourism: Pocketbook ~ Enchanted Things ~ Mythogeography ~ On Walking
Rethinking Mythogeography ~ The Architect-Walker ~ The Footbook of Zombie Walking
The MK Myth ~ Walking Stumbling Limping Falling ~ Walking's New Movement ~ Ways to Wander