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
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.
‘The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts.’ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust (2001: 5-6). ‘There’s nothing wild in this country: every square inch of it is ‘owned’, much has seen centuries of bitter dispute; the whole landscape is … More Maps lie! Looking for the confluence of Roch and Irwell.
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?