“Never again will a single story be told as though it’s the only one” John Berger I was saddened to hear the recent death of artist, art critic, and thinker John Berger (But what a life he led and what rich cultural contributions he made!) Once again I turn to this quote as I think it’s applicable to … More Many stories, messy (re)tellings, no endings.
I’ve started the final draft section of my PhD thesis on how Rochdale is read, mapped, and written. In this section I’m trying to pull together the literary survey and the maps sections in order to inform creative responses to the borough*. This has, in part, been inspired by other work in this area (for … More Mapping place, politics, literary locations: learning from Lancaster University
Text to accompany poster for IALE UK 2016 conference. … More Does everywhere have stories? Does everywhere have “character”?
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
When I talked to my students a little about my work yesterday, there were many questions I had by the end of the session that snuck into my brain during the morning coffee. As mentioned yesterday, there are still many questions around this idea of communities and collaboration. Secondly, I’m once again questioning my research … More A poem a day: Thresholds (and a bit of PhD pondering)
Every time I visit Rochdale, or hear about Rochdale, or read about Rochdale, I learn more about the town. This could be a physical learning – the feel of the ground beneath my feet as I discover a new short cut to nip across town. (And that “oh right” moment when you realise that the … More Place-making, place making, placemaking: to hyphenate or not to hyphenate, that is the question?