Mapping place, politics, literary locations: learning from Lancaster University

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

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

Writing place – some thoughts on process. (And a poem!)

As I’ve not written for a while about the project, I thought I’d write a little bit about the “process” of making and of responding to a place creatively.  (This is something that will eventually feature in my main thesis on the process and practice of “making”.)  Many writers are asked “how do you do it?” or … More Writing place – some thoughts on process. (And a poem!)

Place-making, place making, placemaking: to hyphenate or not to hyphenate, that is the question?

  Every time I visit Rochdale, or hear about Rochdale, or read about Rochdale, I learn more about the town. This could be a physical learning – the feel of the ground beneath my feet as I discover a new short cut to nip across town.  (And that “oh right” moment when you realise that the … More Place-making, place making, placemaking: to hyphenate or not to hyphenate, that is the question?