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

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!)

The travails of a Rochdale family – ‘Lizzie Leigh’ by Elizabeth Gaskell

‘Lizzie Leigh’, published in 1855, is a short story – which could be deemed as a novella – by writer and social commentator Elizabeth Gaskell. The story opens with the abrupt death of the patriarch Mr Leigh on a cold and snowy Christmas day in Upclose Farm, their home in rural Rochdale. “The Upclose Farm … More The travails of a Rochdale family – ‘Lizzie Leigh’ by Elizabeth Gaskell