Blurb for the next writing session for Touchstones Creative Writing Group. Re-telling Tales using Local Folklore and Fairy Stories Do you know the popular local legend that a ghost rabbit haunts Saint-Mary’s-in-the-Baum? Even if you do, could you tell the story from the rabbit’s eye level, explore its rabbit-y desires?! Or perhaps you could write … More Next creative writing session for Touchstones
Once again I have taken Rochdale on tour, this time to London for a symposium (an academic meeting). On Tuesday, I attended The City: Myth and Materiality symposium organised by Association for Literary Urban Studies, and the Institute of Historical Research, supported by the University of London and the Turku Institute of Advanced Studies. I … More Reflections on ‘The City: Myth and Materiality’ symposium.
Some final thoughts on the 30th anniversary National Association of Writers in Education Conference. Followed by a train journey of semi-doom where not only did the train break down, but also my cheap-as-about-fifty-portions-of-chips Hudl tablet crashed somewhere around Huddersfield (Hudlsfailed?! Sorry sorry sorry). ‘Polyphonic Place: Putting Sound Into Words’ and ‘Loving Your Legacy: A Poetry … More Polyphony, listening, legacy #NAWE30
Hello reader. This is where the writer-scholar takes time out to think about teaching and about the critical-creative PhD. Plus, I’ve just realised that this blog heading sounds like a pants attempt at writing a Harry Potter book title. Here are some thoughts and notes from sessions that I attended at today’s National Association of … More Teaching & the critical-creative PhD #NAWE30
I’ve carved out time during this year’s NAWE conference to do some of my own writing – which feels luxurious without being covered in cats and worrying about: family stuff/whether the window cleaner will turn up as I write in my pyjamas/the growing pile of clothes washing (delete as necessary) – and, before I dive … More Empathy, place writing, and play #NAWE30
Whew, it’s been a little while since I last blogged. This is to do with writing up my thesis on reading, mapping and writing the literary geographies of Rochdale. Nearly there now, just a few more words to go (plus editing, repurposing, amending, tidying…). This process has been/continues to be hard. I don’t mind admitting … More Writing Rochdale in York! #NAWE30
The ‘wayther’ was too strong! Recently, the 1930s infrastructure around this part of the world was just not up to it. In the battle between Yorkshire weather and ageing pipework, there was only ever going to be one victor. Hyperbole aside, over the last few days the neighbourhood has had sporadic water / no water … More Rain stopped play… #RochdaleStoryTrail