From “Five by Five” to “Muggles”: the language of geocaching #RochdaleStoryTrail #ThursdayThoughtsDay

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

Rock, dale.

Fragments, Fault Lines: “Thought Shrapnel”* When you’re young you’re bombarded by: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”.  Aged ten, I was torn between a vet (All Creatures Great and Small the TV show that had multiple demographic appeal in the 1980s being a major influence here) and a geologist. It was the … More Rock, dale.

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)

“A common treasury for all”: reflections on the AHRC Common Ground Event

On Tuesday I travelled to the University of York for the Arts and Humanities Research Council‘s first Common Ground Event.  As you will see from the link, it was an exceptionally ambitious and dynamic programme, which could have been spread across a Glastonbury Festival‘s worth of days (but without the mud, dubious dancing, and Coldplay). While … More “A common treasury for all”: reflections on the AHRC Common Ground Event

‘The Stories We Could Tell’ – using art to share, to heal, to change

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