A Tale of Two City Centres

It might not be what was meant but it’s what’s evolving. Some observations from walking around with a camera. I walk around Liverpool a lot, as you might have noticed. It’s my great joy and my natural way of being. And most of my walks are, or at least begin, as directionless accidents. Seeing where […]

On a Saturday Morning

I’m going to add this one to my university ‘Fieldnotes’ collection of blog posts. Not because it deals with anything particularly academic, but because it’s about taking time off. Something that’s turning out to be more essential to this new learning phase of my life than I thought it was going to be. I’d known […]

Kitty’s Launderette: My Favourite Idea

It’s been a while since I mentioned Kitty’s Launderette in Liverpool on here. But because they’ve just issued their end of year Newsletter and because I think they’re a brilliant idea, I thought a general update on how things are going as they get ready to open would be a generally good idea. Particularly for […]

On Smithdown: Off the buses

Since last writing on Monday I’ve walked in all week now and it’s been great. Forty minutes from home at the Penny Lane end then all the way along Smithdown Road’s ups and downs into the university. I got the bus one particularly early cold and wet morning, I’m not stupid, but other than that […]

“Brief Lives” & two perfect paragraphs

I’m not sure if you’re supposed to do this really. Include whole paragraphs as quotations on a blog post about a particular book. But they’re such a perfect bookends to everything in between them that I’m going to go ahead and do just that anyway. ✹ Since Kate Rodenhurst and I wrote our joint piece, […]

The Mystery Literary Festival 2018: How it was

Days one and two photographs now included. First days start quietly when you’ve not done it before Will this work, will that work, will anybody come? But then and if you’re lucky and you never can be sure It just works, it just does and soon the first day’s done. Well done all, here’s how […]