A wonder: The Winter Garden has reopened

It was a wonder and it was wonderful, the Granby Winter Garden reopened today. And from just after 10:30 when we opened to beyond 3 when I locked the door, I didn’t sit down. Me and Eleanor and all the people, all of you so missed friends and new hellos, had so much to say. …

An infestation of private landlords

A few years ago a friend and I who’d started a project about empty homes went to a property auction. We’d had some investment in our idea, and with some more on the way we thought this might be the place to find the second empty home we could do up. For a truly reasonable …

From Granby: In the Winter Garden

It’s a very rainy early Saturday morning here in Liverpool on the kind of day where it looks like the rain’s not going to stop. Which will be good for the allotment garden where I spend so much of my time both writing and gardening these days, though I don’t think I’ll be going there …

On never giving up

There was a surprise tulip waiting for me when I arrived at the allotment for PhD writing this morning. Though Sarah and I had planted two hundred bulbs around the place and been expecting them to all be brightening our springtime by now, we’ve been quite disappointed so far. Hence my surprise this morning at …

Talking Granby 4 Streets

I was just about to do something which I’ve done occasionally for several years now, which is send a friend a link to this film, when I realised I’d never actually posted the film on this blog. So here it is, ‘Talking Granby 4 Streets.’ An essential part of telling the story of Granby that …

Playing With Fire: Lawrie Vause

I want to introduce Lawrie Vause here, an artist who lives in Liverpool 8 and who I met on Ducie Street in Granby a few weeks ago when I took the photographs that you see here of his work “Playing With Fire.” Lawrie’s now set off on a tour of nine English cities with his …