In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the storytellers are on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, to visit the shrine of St Thomas.
They never actually reach their destination, mind you, but it’s important that they have one.
Playing Chaucer’s Game, we follow his example by calling ourselves pilgrims. But we are story pilgrims, and we generally choose a destination that is sacred to storytellers rather than something religious. The birthplace of a great author, for example.
By happy chance, the destinations we choose are sometimes doubly sacred – as when we traipse to an author’s grave: Jane Austen, for instance, is buried in Winchester Cathedral.
If we are playing the game in a literary wasteland (!), we head for a church. It’s a good place to sit and think, whether you are religious or not.
Whatever you believe, you’re welcome to join us.