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
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
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!)
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?