It Will Take The Time It Takes: Writing in the lockdown

A pause, thirteen weeks into lockdown, to think about how I’ve got on with my own academic work and changed my working methods because of the pandemic. A beginning I realise that, in the context of everything that's happening to us all, how I'm getting on with writing my sociology PhD might not seem to [...]

The Sounds That Heaven Makes: Music to Write By

Making up playlists while listening to BBC Radio 3. For nearly all of my days I’ve loved music, virtually all music. Vast amounts of it have defined whole periods of my life. After the obvious Beatles days of growing up there was Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue to Héjira’ period, succeeded by David Bowie’s ‘Berlin Trilogy’ then [...]

Diary of a Young Naturalist: Dara McAnulty

Usually I won't write about a book until I've finished reading it. But with this one I'm making an exception because I don't want to rush it, for several reasons. First and maybe mainly because I'm learning from it, as I've always learned from Dara McAnulty since I started following his tweets about the natural [...]

Time and The Garden: A Pandemic Story

A day of writing and gardening, on my own and with Sarah. I will always remember May 2020 as the time I spent most of my time here on Sarah's Allotment. Graciously suggested by her as the best place to keep on doing the PhD work I'm doing, while the bleak lockdown virus spring has [...]

The Man Who Saw Everything: A gap in time

I'm having a gap in time that's so far lasted the whole of a morning in the backyard of our house in Wavertree, the house we're not leaving. It's a Monday, it turns out, and a bank holiday too. Which I'd not been expecting as it's only two weeks since the banks last had a [...]