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 …

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 …

No Small Pleasure

I’ve just been into the Oxfam on Smithdown Road for the first time since March and bought four books. Then gone over to sit outside Bean There with a black coffee and a piece of spiced apple cake to look through the books and decide which one I’d read first. And it was while I …

Writing for the Soul.2

Early in the lockdown days my friend Rachael O’Byrne gathered a few of us together to produce a zine of local writing from Liverpool about what we were all going through then. It featured lots of us local writers, was a lovely thing, and seemed so well appreciated that we’ve done another one. Just in …