Ness Botanic Gardens: In the Wilderness

Sarah’s back from what’s now become her annual sea kayaking expedition to the Outer Hebrides (blog post on the way), but clearly hasn’t had enough of being outside most of the time yet. So today we went to the Wilderness. As you’ll see it wasn’t really a wilderness, but that’s what it called itself on […]

My Favorite Picture of You

Early morning in a now quiet university library, most of the students gone for the summer, thinking about a Guy Clark song. Not what I’m supposed to be here for but when a song gets into your head what else can you do but go with it? It’s called ‘My Favorite Picture of You’ and […]

Music to Write By

I’ve done a lot of writing this year and only some of it on here and whilst at home. Much more often my writing gets done in and around the University of Liverpool in libraries and some other writing spaces I’ve found (finding that I do my best writing if I move around now and […]

The Lifeblood of a City: This Liverpool

A perfect public transport system? Run by and for the people? Some ideas. That was was good. Yesterday evening, sat talking down at Baltic Creative about the future of our city, this Liverpool. About good ideas, failed initiatives, big data, people and time. And as is my usual these days, what with studying its history […]

Walking to Kitty’s Launderette

This was always going to be a good day, so I wanted to make sure I enjoyed it as much as possible. This day in May 2019 when Kitty’s Launderette opened. The day Kitty’s opened. Sorting the photographs. After three years of having their idea, raising investments, designing and art, social and testing it out […]

Looking For Utopia: A Beginning

A presentation of early progress in my PhD research, given at the University of Liverpool on the 19th May 2019. In which telling the story like an actual story becomes my thing. “The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into out hearts and our brains.” Paul Simon: “Train in the Distance” I want […]