Reading Deborah Levy

I don’t know Deborah Levy but I’ve been spending the weekend in the company of her words and considering writing some of them down in here. Because they’re memorable but also so I’ll remember them, memory being a coming and going kind of ability sometimes. The weekend began early, sometime in the week, with a […]

Such A Day

I think it’s Muddy Waters singing, reminding me how essential this sound is to me. I think you’d call it the Chicago Sound. The blues when it’s found a band but not long arrived from the South. And along with the blues a warm feeling of contentment is descending on me, in my stomach and […]

Restless

A restless Sunday. Traditionally, these days, Sunday is my day of rest. A day for reading things that aren’t academic. But today I’m restless. The news being made up of lies, reactions to lies, and analyses of both, has sent me out walking to avoid any more of it. But still I’m restless. Restless, on […]

Life After Life: The writing of fiction

During the late summertime of this year I wrote the first fiction I have ever written and submitted it as my dissertation for the MA in sociology I was then completing. Now, in early November, I’ve found this quote at the end of the novel I’ve just finished reading which would have inspired me had […]

The Chapel Cafe

At Rice Lane City Farm From a visit during summer 2019: Coming soon and now open is something new as well as old, in one of Liverpool’s very best secret places. I first visited The Chapel Cafe at Rice Lane City Farm back in March this year, when it was all scaffolds, paint and possibilities. […]

On A Halcyon Day

I’ve always loved that word. Happiness, golden, idyllic it means. A perfect remembrance of times past, even if the times were only yesterday. This was my yesterday. A day off from working in a time of quite hard work, enjoyable though it’s mostly turning out to be, this University life. But stretching my brain all […]