To Granby: On a Utopian Morning

This was a utopian morningPast the housing place I worked in all that time ago,Walking with my university friends,Strikers all.Across where the M62 didn't arrive in LiverpoolYet blighted what it didn't touch.Daffodils in the shiny winter rainLighting up the reciting of the ancient words of Shelter,Words like trouble and disaster.But this was not disaster, not [...]

Another Planet

I've spent this weekend reading Tracey Thorn's 'Another Planet' and it's made me think about my own life. I thought it would, which is why I'd left its reading until a weekend when I knew I'd be on my own for the whole of the time. The book tells her story of growing up in [...]

"The Librarian" by Salley Vickers

"We emphatically do not want to find that we have reached such a state of dearth in our society that we must provide food banks for the imagination as well as, as we so regrettably have to do today, for the physical body."Salley Vickers It took thunder and lightning to stop me reaching the end [...]

Time to saunter: The Llŷn

Where Sarah introduces us to two new adventures. You'll see what they are... * “Listen to the ebb and flow, the waves tumbling up the beach and drawing back. Ponder the beauty and the terror of the sea… people have their ebb tide: times of clearing, of letting go and resting, waiting for fresh directions [...]

On a Train to Utopia: In Manchester

Written as I moved around during the day and published on the evening of the same day, some field notes from utopia. 9:15 - Liverpool, Lime Street I'm on my way to Utopia, or at least some versions of it that are in an exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Having a Saturday out [...]

Walking in the City

A conversation with a friend from University, Abi O'Connor Regular readers will know I’ve been walking in the city of Liverpool most of my life. From the tiny boy in Stanley Park to now and writing this love letter of a blog these past nine years. And by ‘the city’ I mean, like I always [...]