Reflections on ‘The City: Myth and Materiality’ symposium.

Once again I have taken Rochdale on tour, this time to London for a symposium (an academic meeting). On Tuesday, I attended The City: Myth and Materiality symposium organised by Association for Literary Urban Studies, and the Institute of Historical Research, supported by the University of London and the Turku Institute of Advanced Studies. I … More Reflections on ‘The City: Myth and Materiality’ symposium.

Poetry Collaboration – ‘A Woman’s War’ (link to the poem)

I have written a brief summary of last night’s event organised by KYP, however, because I can’t quite work out how to reblog it verbatim, here’s the link to Touchstones Creative Writing Group’s website* where I’ve just republished our poem: Earnshaw & Bailey debut new poem commissioned by KYP. I enjoyed this whirlwind process, getting back to … More Poetry Collaboration – ‘A Woman’s War’ (link to the poem)

Poetry collaboration – writing WW1 Rochdale women

After the last blog post on research and ‘rapid response’ poetry writing for KYP Amibition for Ageing Rochdale, I thought I’d offer a short follow-up. The poem has a name – ‘A woman’s war’ and we have more or less completed it. This email has mostly been composed over email after the snow, and mega inclement … More Poetry collaboration – writing WW1 Rochdale women

Zine 2: Ruins, zines, dreams #RochdaleStoryTrail #ThursdayThoughtsDay

For this #ThursdayThoughtsDay I’m thinking about the construction of the last zine, the subject matter, and the composition.  This led to some introspective consideration  – just call it navel gazing. Perhaps it’s morbid fascination, but I’m often drawn to things that are no longer whole, to chipped paint, weeds through crumbling pavement, and industrial ruins.  Rochdale, like … More Zine 2: Ruins, zines, dreams #RochdaleStoryTrail #ThursdayThoughtsDay

From “Five by Five” to “Muggles”: the language of geocaching #RochdaleStoryTrail #ThursdayThoughtsDay

My dad is a radio engineer. He is an old school valve prodder, soldering master, and motherboard fixer. In the early 1990s my dad managed a small CB Radio maintenance company located somewhere along the M6. This was in the dying days of Citizens Band radio, just around the time when the recession was at its worst. … More From “Five by Five” to “Muggles”: the language of geocaching #RochdaleStoryTrail #ThursdayThoughtsDay

Zine 1: ‘You are out of your everyday world’

…and out of my depth; I’m not an artist but I’m practising new skills and learning artistic techniques.  And the learning curve is at 90°! This is the first “Thursday Thoughts Day” and it is a space to reflect upon the process of writing, making, and researching.  Below, are some reflections on the production of … More Zine 1: ‘You are out of your everyday world’