Reading week 1: Caroline Preston & Leanne Shapton

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

Maps lie! Looking for the confluence of Roch and Irwell.

‘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.

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?