Lister Steps: Walking into the future? Part One

A two part pictorial special on plans to bring the almost derelict Lister Drive library building back to life. I’ve spent a good deal of time this past year writing about, thinking about and talking about public libraries and austerity politics. Trying to work out how we hold on to as many as possible while …

On humility, democracy and talking to each other

During my walking around Liverpool as the year has turned I’ve been thinking a bit about what and how I write on here – and about the coming up  GeneralElection. Here are a few of my thoughts. First, about shouting and being opinionated. This instant publishing on social media can easily lead to positions of self professed …

Hoo-haa: 10 reasons why politics is so irritating at the moment

The multiple hoo-haa of a fixed electoral term. In General Election terms this hasn’t happened before. Locally it has, but local doesn’t matter to the same people (The people with big money, the people with strong power, so much the same people). No, what’s happening now is that we know for sure next May is …

Christmas is coming: But not to our house

In town today we had a lovely few hours with our friends from Homebaked at the Quaker Meeting House. Principally there to take part in the Christine Physick exhibition of Anfield Art that I wrote about last week, our conversations, in fact, rambled far and wide. Through life and the living of it and the …

The Gift

Today I want to show you something exquisite. A gift to us, the people of Liverpool, from early in the 20th Century. As you can see from those opening times, the library is already suffering from austerity politics. No evening opening and closed altogether 3 days a week. But things might be about to get …