Quiet Days in West Cork

Writing this on the Ianrød Eirann train from Kent Station, Cork to Heuston Station in Dublin, after a week of quiet days in West Cork. Well mostly quiet and mostly West Cork, though we began and ended with nights in a hostel in Cork City. Bunk beds and excitable young voices in there, us taking […]

Walking in Bath: Just peace

‘Busy doing nothing’ but actually doing rather a lot. My partner Sarah Horton takes us to a Lido in Stroud and to pretty well everywhere in Bath – with added opinions. Take it away Sarah! ✹ My ‘weekend in Bath’ actually begins in nearby Stroud. I am visiting my dear friend Gemma here, and she has […]

Being Yourself

I’ve had a bit of a treat this week. If you know me at all you’ll know that two of the things I tend to go on about are doing the work you love and only the work you love – and the wonderfulness of public libraries. Well this week I’ve planned an event all about […]

In Leeds: Talking up the North

It will be a day of top quality glass rooves, and we’ll be back to that one later. At the same time as me, others from around the North are getting on trains too. As planned, I arrive in Leeds with plenty of time for a walk round town, as you’d expect. When I was […]

The Ladybird Book of England

Look who’s been writing poems on their holiday! “Looking down on Ludlow Castle From the cliff across the river, One more day in the Ladybird Book of England. Red brick houses cluster round it, Plaques on nearly every one. Who stayed there And when their time here ended. High upon this common land , Gazing down […]

Northumberland, huge sandy beaches & wide open skies

Whilst I was striding about Liverpool buying LPs and ranting about street markets over the weekend, Sarah was on a ‘Walking Women’ holiday with a dozen or so other women in Northumberland. As you’ll see the weather was wonderful, the whole place is beyond gorgeous. And it just makes you sick doesn’t it? No but […]