Blurb for the next writing session for Touchstones Creative Writing Group. Re-telling Tales using Local Folklore and Fairy Stories Do you know the popular local legend that a ghost rabbit haunts Saint-Mary’s-in-the-Baum? Even if you do, could you tell the story from the rabbit’s eye level, explore its rabbit-y desires?! Or perhaps you could write … More Next creative writing session for Touchstones
Once again I have taken Rochdale on tour, this time to London for a symposium (an academic meeting). On Tuesday, I attended The City: Myth and Materiality symposium organised by Association for Literary Urban Studies, and the Institute of Historical Research, supported by the University of London and the Turku Institute of Advanced Studies. I … More Reflections on ‘The City: Myth and Materiality’ symposium.
I have written a brief summary of last night’s event organised by KYP, however, because I can’t quite work out how to reblog it verbatim, here’s the link to Touchstones Creative Writing Group’s website* where I’ve just republished our poem: Earnshaw & Bailey debut new poem commissioned by KYP. I enjoyed this whirlwind process, getting back to … More Poetry Collaboration – ‘A Woman’s War’ (link to the poem)
After the last blog post on research and ‘rapid response’ poetry writing for KYP Amibition for Ageing Rochdale, I thought I’d offer a short follow-up. The poem has a name – ‘A woman’s war’ and we have more or less completed it. This email has mostly been composed over email after the snow, and mega inclement … More Poetry collaboration – writing WW1 Rochdale women
On Tuesday, I spent some time researching some of the roles Rochdale women played in World War One. From anti-war suffragists to voluntary nurses to the ‘Canary Girls’, I’m using this research in a poem I’m co-writing with poet Eileen Earnshaw of Word Weavers and the Rochdale Pioneers Museum. We have been commissioned to write … More Writing WW1 Rochdale women
The ‘wayther’ was too strong! Recently, the 1930s infrastructure around this part of the world was just not up to it. In the battle between Yorkshire weather and ageing pipework, there was only ever going to be one victor. Hyperbole aside, over the last few days the neighbourhood has had sporadic water / no water … More Rain stopped play… #RochdaleStoryTrail
Twitter, that font of fleeting information, has informed me that today is the seventh annual Staffordshire #OatcakeDay. It’s a way of raising attention: the baked good has history and it’s a nice way to use food to promote Staffordshire and, in particular, Stoke-on-Trent. Stoke, like Rochdale, is another place that has pockets of extreme deprivation … More Being ‘jannock’ on #oatcakeday