Next creative writing session for Touchstones

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

Reflections on ‘The City: Myth and Materiality’ symposium.

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.

Poetry Collaboration – ‘A Woman’s War’ (link to the poem)

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)

Poetry collaboration – writing WW1 Rochdale women

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

Being ‘jannock’ on #oatcakeday

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