Just agreed with Damien John Kelly House on Wavertree High Street, there will be another one of these Stories of Wavertree walks on Wednesday 30th June. It’s specially for them but, like this one was, all are welcome.
This was a Strikeout Walk for the University College Union, currently in dispute with Liverpool University over their plans to use what the union are calling a “rank and yank” system to get rid of a load of jobs. The fact that it’s being done during a pandemic and that the staff concerned are all in the Life Sciences department is of course poor timing, to say the least. But it hasn’t held the employers back.
And that’s all I’ll say about why we were out, ten of us and a dog, on A Sense of Place walk organised by Abi O’Connor and I, all around and about the village of Wavertree in Liverpool. Where I’d say we all had a lovely time. Strike or no strike.
It was a storytelling sort of day, about place, history, community, methodology and even activism. A story we worked out and told each other as we walked around. Me pointing things out and all of us finding other things. Cowhouses, Beatle houses and pieces of Wavertree village past that might be part of the future. Walking around in the sun with old maps from a hundred years ago finding some stuff from much further back than that.
But this is not a storytelling blog post. Not beyond those few hints anyway. Partly because Abi and I will be doing the walk again and we don’t want to give it all away. But also because what this is aimed at being is a portrait of the village around Wavertree High Street and The Mystery, on one day in early June 2021. The photographs being taken by all of us, on our various phones as we walked around. Unedited by me and of what people happened to notice.
So here they are. A portrait of Wavertree.
Thank you all, it was a great pleasure.
And, just agreed with Damien John Kelly House on Wavertree High Street, there will be another one of these Stories of Wavertree walks on Wednesday 30th June. It’s specially for them but like this one was all are welcome. See you back in the village then?