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’

‘The Stories We Could Tell’ – using art to share, to heal, to change

Last night I was honoured to be invited to watch young people who live in and around the Rochdale borough. These young people had some incredible stories to share.  They were children seeking asylum, foster children, and young people who may struggle with mental health distress.  They told their tales through music, song, comic strip, Powerpoint … More ‘The Stories We Could Tell’ – using art to share, to heal, to change

A poem a day: Looking for Pudding in Tesco, Middleton

Day 6 and the prompt is “food”. Like the imagined cornucopia of yesterday’s hanging gro-bags, the following situation is imaginary but the place is not. (OK, so inspiration also partly a “shopping for dinner because everywhere else is shut and we’re hangry” experience which we laughed about later!) Looking for Pudding in Tesco, Middleton We’re … More A poem a day: Looking for Pudding in Tesco, Middleton

There are thorns on a red rose – challenging “traditions” & heritage narratives

A creative response to the previous blog post. The Pace Egg Play, Monday 6th April 2015. It’s 9am, foggy but muggy and cars still have their headlights on, you’re running for the bus to go to a village that you’re not from.  At the bus  stop there’s the mashed, yellow remains of a burger and there’s … More There are thorns on a red rose – challenging “traditions” & heritage narratives