Dreaming Like Praying: At the turning of the year

It's a great big field on a great big hill very close to where we live, and it's great for sunsets. Especially now the year's turning. On this day before the shortest day, late on a Sunday afternoon, it's time for a walk to the park we all call The Mystery round here. For some …

One Song: For love is strong as death

Years ago at this time of year we would vote between us for our favourite things. We being me, Sarah and my daughter Clare. Looking back on the year nearly gone we'd remember and vote on various categories like our "shop of the year, best film, top book and one song." And I was particularly …

The Year of Living Quietly

An annual tradition is starting to happen. The 'looking back on the year' articles in newspapers, on websites and blogs such as this. Which is what has started me writing, sat here in Liverpool early on this Saturday. With Elizabeth Alker on Radio 3 playing me into the morning as she so often has, this …

Walking in the Dark

Believing that you never walk the same walk twice, this week's Sunday on the Shining Shore walk is a close variant of our last one. More mosses closely studied, once again as spiritual as it's physical, and a more or less sacred ending where the darkling Dee Estuary reduces us both to a respectful and …

Mosses & Lichen in Late November

As we set off from the the car park near the Shining Shore we worked out that, roughly, we must have done this walk around seventy times now. On half a dozen or more occasions a year for the past thirteen or fourteen. But like all good walks you never walk the same one twice, …

Deathscapes and the Future

This, the latest in the continuing series of podcasts Abi O'Connor and I are producing is about death, and particularly deathscapes. Those places where we take our dead. Places of remembering and other cultural significances, but also places of political geography as we now know from our interview for this podcast with Cameron Byron. Cameron …