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
My dad is a radio engineer. He is an old school valve prodder, soldering master, and motherboard fixer. In the early 1990s my dad managed a small CB Radio maintenance company located somewhere along the M6. This was in the dying days of Citizens Band radio, just around the time when the recession was at its worst. … More From “Five by Five” to “Muggles”: the language of geocaching #RochdaleStoryTrail #ThursdayThoughtsDay
A story trail using official geocaching.com sites. If you’re in the borough get involved! … More #RochdaleStoryTrail: soon soon soon
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
Reading Week is a semi-regular reflection on stuff I’ve read and how it feeds into the writing and research process. (Plus, there’s a bonus creative writing exercise to try out yourself!). This week, two fictional books with intriguing methods of storytelling. Caroline Preston (2011) The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. HarperCollins. When I was in my early teens my Gran … More Reading week 1: Caroline Preston & Leanne Shapton
“Never again will a single story be told as though it’s the only one” John Berger I was saddened to hear the recent death of artist, art critic, and thinker John Berger (But what a life he led and what rich cultural contributions he made!) Once again I turn to this quote as I think it’s applicable to … More Many stories, messy (re)tellings, no endings.
I’ve started the final draft section of my PhD thesis on how Rochdale is read, mapped, and written. In this section I’m trying to pull together the literary survey and the maps sections in order to inform creative responses to the borough*. This has, in part, been inspired by other work in this area (for … More Mapping place, politics, literary locations: learning from Lancaster University