Talking About Writing

“You’re a writer as much as you’re anything else, so why not enjoy yourself and write for pleasure?” Wrapping up Series Two of our ‘Sustainable Cities’ podcasts Abi O’Connor and I have been talking about writing. We often do as we spend so much time here at the allotment, even on freezing days like this …

We’re all at the Open University now

My Uncle Danny was the first obviously clever adult I knew. Which doesn’t imply that the others were stupid, not at all. But while they all got on with the way life was in the 1950s and 60s Danny was always restless. A dreaming sort of human wanting something else from his life that he …

It’s not that kind of day

Another full on lockdown has begun then. Overdue and incompetent in its calling and leaving us entirely dependent on the vaccines to ever get us out of it. A country that literally couldn’t organise track and trace to save its own lives now needs to organise a logistical miracle. So it’s a day for not …

The Art of Sociology?

Some fieldnotes left here for me to think more about later. The sort of thing I’d always intended to use the academic section of the website for but haven’t much got around to so far. Linked to some thoughts about literature and good writing in the previous post on here. I’ve been thinking about sociology …

Reading “The Versions of Us”

Let’s nor split hairs, beat around the bush or dance on the head of a pin here, as if we would, but this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. This being “The Versions of Us” by Laura Barnett. A triptych of a book that plays with time and reality in three versions …

Walking Through Time: Liverpool’s South Docks

Over these quiet couple of weeks that happen at the end of years, even this one, my friend Abi and I have been walking through the history of Liverpool. Partly to gather ideas and perspectives for her history chapter in the Liverpool PhD she’s writing. But also because why wouldn’t we? The history of here …