Zine 1: ‘You are out of your everyday world’

…and out of my depth; I’m not an artist but I’m practising new skills and learning artistic techniques.  And the learning curve is at 90°! This is the first “Thursday Thoughts Day” and it is a space to reflect upon the process of writing, making, and researching.  Below, are some reflections on the production of … More Zine 1: ‘You are out of your everyday world’

Attempts at writing in difficult times

It’s April (how the heck did that happen?!) which means that it’s time for another annual attempt at National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo).  However, with recent local news from Spice in Manchester to recent reports on asylum seekers in Rochdale (please allow me a small, cynical moment: I guess that’s why subsequent governments partly make the capped … More Attempts at writing in difficult times

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

Peeling back layers of time: excerpts from ‘The Miller’s Cottage’

He said: “you get your eye in after a bit” trace wall lines, the culvert of Trub brook, kick up leaf litter roots, leaves and mycelium disrupts, unseen spores are dust motes on equipment  picked clean: the bones of the mill, the bones of the fence rainbows on the millpond, oil painting wrinkles on the water’s … More Peeling back layers of time: excerpts from ‘The Miller’s Cottage’

Doing the Rochdale Way #1: Heywood, a bramble ramble, and low-flying golf balls

The Rochdale Way is a 45 mile route that loops (mostly) around the Rochdale borough, it is one that should probably be split into parts as the full route may be too long for even the most hardy long-distance rambler.  Designed in the late 1990s by Richard Catlow, John Cole, Martin Riley and John Taylor it … More Doing the Rochdale Way #1: Heywood, a bramble ramble, and low-flying golf balls

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.