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’
‘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.
Text to accompany poster for IALE UK 2016 conference. … More Does everywhere have stories? Does everywhere have “character”?
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
Why should we be cautious of trusting maps? The paper I gave last week can now be viewed and downloaded from Academia.Edu. As mentioned in last week’s blog post, the soundscape can be listened to on my Soundcloud webpage (sound recorded while following some of the Pedestrian Zone path on 10th May 2016). … More Maps: making meaning making myth
A Rochdale Soundscape Map This map follows the human trail detailed above along Yorkshire Street, a map located in space and time adding another dimension to our understanding of Rochdale. Image from: Visitor Map, Link4Life / Rochdale MBC +++ This blog post accompanies a paper I am giving at the Manchester Metropolitan University Humanities … More Creating new maps of Rochdale
Last night I was honoured to be invited to watch young people who live in and around the Rochdale borough. These young people had some incredible stories to share. They were children seeking asylum, foster children, and young people who may struggle with mental health distress. They told their tales through music, song, comic strip, Powerpoint … More ‘The Stories We Could Tell’ – using art to share, to heal, to change