Diary of a Wirral Walk: West Kirby to Hoylake

Early morning, Wednesday 4th AugustThis was the day when I’d thought of doing another of my Wirral trips. And sitting here listening to Petroc Trelawny playing his “Bach Before Seven” selection on BBC Radio3, as he does every weekday, I’m thinking now about whether I actually want to go or not. Reasons to do so …

I’ve been to the library

I’ve been to the library, that’s my big news for today and it’s more than enough to be getting on with. I’ve been to the library. Not to the big central one in town. That’s been back open for a while now but I’m still not going to town. No, this was to one of …

A holiday in somebody else’s thinking

I once went for a walk with Helen Macdonald before I even knew she was a writer. Right the way around the M25 we went, past her childhood home and all through the woodlands planted along the edge of the orbital motorway. After which I looked for other televised walks I could take with her. …

Nine Pictures of Light

I’d been sitting here in the polytunnel reading a novel where a funeral was about to take place in an art gallery. Prince had been singing on my phone, his song about Dorothy Parker fading into ‘High’ by The Blue Nile, when I noticed something strange happening with the light. The blue sky had turned …

Reading Differently

I haven’t written much on this blog in these last few weeks, though I have done a lot of writing of the PhD I’m working on. That’s where I’ve been. Long and early mornings of writing in the polytunnel where I mostly work, followed by afternoons of walking, thinking and reading. Sometimes academic kinds of …

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 …