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

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

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