Sinning Across Spain

Walking the Camino

Ailsa Piper
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Sinning Across Spain

Published

2 October 2017

ISBN

9780522872224

Edition

Second

Size

198mm x 129mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Sinning Across Spain

Walking the Camino

Ailsa Piper
Walking has been the constant in Ailsa Piper's life. Setting down one foot after the other takes her to a transformative-and transcendent-place.

Her bestselling memoir Sinning Across Spain was inspired by the tradition of medieval walkers who were paid by others to carry their sins to holy places. The cargo included anger, envy, pride and lust. She hiked alone through the endless olive groves of the Camino Mozárabe, from the legendary southern city of Granada toward the centuries-old pilgrim destination, Santiago de Compostela, in the far north-west of Spain.

In dusty pueblos and epic landscapes, miracles found her. Angels in both name and nature eased her path.

When faced with the untimely death of her husband, Peter, her 'true north', Ailsa returned to the Camino trail, this time in France, to walk through her sorrow.

This second pilgrimage is the story of a walk where the burden is her own…
Walking has been the constant in Ailsa Piper's life. Setting down one foot after the other takes her to a transformative-and transcendent-place.

Her bestselling memoir Sinning Across Spain was inspired by the tradition of medieval walkers who were paid by others to carry their sins to holy places. The cargo included anger, envy, pride and lust. She hiked alone through the endless olive groves of the Camino Mozárabe, from the legendary southern city of Granada toward the centuries-old pilgrim destination, Santiago de Compostela, in the far north-west of Spain.

In dusty pueblos and epic landscapes, miracles found her. Angels in both name and nature eased her path.

When faced with the untimely death of her husband, Peter, her 'true north', Ailsa returned to the Camino trail, this time in France, to walk through her sorrow.

This second pilgrimage is the story of a walk where the burden is her own grief, not the sins of others, and which ultimately sees her walking into life and hope.

Author Ailsa Piper on the Pyrenees above St Jean, before the Spanish border.

About the author

Ailsa Piper

Ailsa Piper is a writer, director, teacher and actor. She has been nominated for Green Room Awards as both an actor and director. Her play, Small Mercies, was joint winner of the Patrick White Playwrights Award in 2001. She is director of LuminoUS, which investigates and illuminates classic texts through detailed work with actors and light. She is yet to win an award for walking.

About Ailsa Piper

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