Python palaver perhaps I should have used JavaScript (or: trying to code without a clue / running before walking)

As part of my PhD thesis, I’m arguing that there are other ways of mapping Rochdale both collaboratively and creatively. One of the maps that I’m “making” is a text game map that tries to explore the more phenomenological side of Rochdale in a creative, and collaborative, way. This game works with the premise of … More Python palaver perhaps I should have used JavaScript (or: trying to code without a clue / running before walking)

Experiencing Rochdale with Pokémon GO

Having never owned a Nintendo GameBoy and going a few years without ready access to a television, I missed the Pokémon phenomenon the first time around. When the craze really kicked in I’d just finished university and was working in a bookshop. My knowledge of Pikachu and friends was from dealing out the blue and silver packets from behind the counter … More Experiencing Rochdale with Pokémon GO

‘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