Some final thoughts on the 30th anniversary National Association of Writers in Education Conference. Followed by a train journey of semi-doom where not only did the train break down, but also my cheap-as-about-fifty-portions-of-chips Hudl tablet crashed somewhere around Huddersfield (Hudlsfailed?! Sorry sorry sorry). ‘Polyphonic Place: Putting Sound Into Words’ and ‘Loving Your Legacy: A Poetry … More Polyphony, listening, legacy #NAWE30
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
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
Text to accompany poster for IALE UK 2016 conference. … More Does everywhere have stories? Does everywhere have “character”?
Last week, I gave a workshop on ‘Mapping Our Place’. This blog post reflects on the session and there are a few exercises that you may wish to try. The icebreaker did not quite go as well as planned; there was a bit of confusion as to passing on the meaning – this may have been to … More Mapping Our Place – writing exercises
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