On Tuesday, I spent some time researching some of the roles Rochdale women played in World War One. From anti-war suffragists to voluntary nurses to the ‘Canary Girls’, I’m using this research in a poem I’m co-writing with poet Eileen Earnshaw of Word Weavers and the Rochdale Pioneers Museum. We have been commissioned to write … More Writing WW1 Rochdale women
…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’
Reading Week is a semi-regular reflection on stuff I’ve read and how it feeds into the writing and research process. (Plus, there’s a bonus creative writing exercise to try out yourself!). This week, two fictional books with intriguing methods of storytelling. Caroline Preston (2011) The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. HarperCollins. When I was in my early teens my Gran … More Reading week 1: Caroline Preston & Leanne Shapton
“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.
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)