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.
For this #ThursdayThoughtsDay I’m thinking about the construction of the last zine, the subject matter, and the composition. This led to some introspective consideration – just call it navel gazing. Perhaps it’s morbid fascination, but I’m often drawn to things that are no longer whole, to chipped paint, weeds through crumbling pavement, and industrial ruins. Rochdale, like … More Zine 2: Ruins, zines, dreams #RochdaleStoryTrail #ThursdayThoughtsDay
Having never owned a Nintendo GameBoy and going a few years without ready access to a television, I missed the Pokémon phenomenon the first time around. When the craze really kicked in I’d just finished university and was working in a bookshop. My knowledge of Pikachu and friends was from dealing out the blue and silver packets from behind the counter … More Experiencing Rochdale with Pokémon GO
Why should we be cautious of trusting maps? The paper I gave last week can now be viewed and downloaded from Academia.Edu. As mentioned in last week’s blog post, the soundscape can be listened to on my Soundcloud webpage (sound recorded while following some of the Pedestrian Zone path on 10th May 2016). … More Maps: making meaning making myth
A Rochdale Soundscape Map This map follows the human trail detailed above along Yorkshire Street, a map located in space and time adding another dimension to our understanding of Rochdale. Image from: Visitor Map, Link4Life / Rochdale MBC +++ This blog post accompanies a paper I am giving at the Manchester Metropolitan University Humanities … More Creating new maps of Rochdale
Originally posted on joshgarside:
A COMMUNITY group in Stockport believe that they have the widest bridge in Britain, if not Europe. Reason was given for members of the Stockport Heritage Trust to measure the Merseyway Bridge after a trip to Rochdale, who there claimed they had the widest bridge on the continent. The width of the…