Attempts at writing in difficult times

It’s April (how the heck did that happen?!) which means that it’s time for another annual attempt at National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo).  However, with recent local news from Spice in Manchester to recent reports on asylum seekers in Rochdale (please allow me a small, cynical moment: I guess that’s why subsequent governments partly make the capped … More Attempts at writing in difficult times

Peeling back layers of time: excerpts from ‘The Miller’s Cottage’

He said: “you get your eye in after a bit” trace wall lines, the culvert of Trub brook, kick up leaf litter roots, leaves and mycelium disrupts, unseen spores are dust motes on equipment  picked clean: the bones of the mill, the bones of the fence rainbows on the millpond, oil painting wrinkles on the water’s … More Peeling back layers of time: excerpts from ‘The Miller’s Cottage’

Doing the Rochdale Way #1: Heywood, a bramble ramble, and low-flying golf balls

The Rochdale Way is a 45 mile route that loops (mostly) around the Rochdale borough, it is one that should probably be split into parts as the full route may be too long for even the most hardy long-distance rambler.  Designed in the late 1990s by Richard Catlow, John Cole, Martin Riley and John Taylor it … More Doing the Rochdale Way #1: Heywood, a bramble ramble, and low-flying golf balls

Maps lie! Looking for the confluence of Roch and Irwell.

‘The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts.’ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust (2001: 5-6). ‘There’s nothing wild in this country: every square inch of it is ‘owned’, much has seen centuries of bitter dispute; the whole landscape is … More Maps lie! Looking for the confluence of Roch and Irwell.

Python palaver perhaps I should have used JavaScript (or: trying to code without a clue / running before walking)

As part of my PhD thesis, I’m arguing that there are other ways of mapping Rochdale both collaboratively and creatively. One of the maps that I’m “making” is a text game map that tries to explore the more phenomenological side of Rochdale in a creative, and collaborative, way. This game works with the premise of … More Python palaver perhaps I should have used JavaScript (or: trying to code without a clue / running before walking)

Experiencing Rochdale with Pokémon GO

Having never owned a Nintendo GameBoy and going a few years without ready access to a television, I missed the Pokémon phenomenon the first time around. When the craze really kicked in I’d just finished university and was working in a bookshop. My knowledge of Pikachu and friends was from dealing out the blue and silver packets from behind the counter … More Experiencing Rochdale with Pokémon GO