Why I write

Earlier this week, in late March 2019, I went to listen to Ian Rankin talking at Liverpool Hope University. He’s one of my favourite novelists and I was interested to hear him talking about why and how he writes with the students there. It also reminded me of this article on why I write this […]

The story of A Sense of Place 9: Put the message in the box

The wonderful thing that is ‘A Sense of Place’ continues in the writing of this blog and in the work I do. But the story of Sarah and I having the idea, leaving our jobs, getting going and changing our lives comes to its conclusion in this episode of our story. By early 2007 we are busier than […]

Sarah’s allotment

As we approach the allotment we know it might be out. And turning the corner we see it is.Sarah has gardened here at Plot 44 Greenbank Lane Allotments for 13 years now. And it shows.The messy, long neglected piece of scrubland she took on back in 2001 is now a mature garden. Not a neatly […]

The promise

My partner Sarah has been gardening on her allotment for 13 happy years now. These days it’s as essential to her as ever, providing solace and contemplation during weeks when she’s busy with her work as an independent funeral celebrant. Now spring is arriving Sarah shows us around. — Sunday. The 9th of March. Time […]

In the neighbourhood: Mossley Hill and Aigburth, Part 2

Continuing this week’s walk through the southern suburbs of Liverpool, culminating in a major surprise that would have changed South Liverpool forever. I paused the story of this week’s walk here at Kelton House. Thank you for the contacts about this through Twitter. Including from someone who was born here in 1967 and adopted the […]

Aigburth Road to the Dingle

Down to the river, part one A two part Friday Walk this one, first part about getting to the river, second part about the South Docks. Last Sunday, when we walked upstream in all the ragged glory of what 200 years of the chemical industry has done to the Mersey and its banks around Widnes, […]