Music to Write By

I’ve done a lot of writing this year and only some of it on here and whilst at home. Much more often my writing gets done in and around the University of Liverpool in libraries and some other writing spaces I’ve found (finding that I do my best writing if I move around now and […]

Morning: How To Make Time

Awake long before the 6:30 alarm, like I usually am these days, I’ve been listening to the local backbird since I’m not sure how long. In and out of half sleep once the mid-April half light started this waking to another day. Mornings are one of my things now. And have been over the last […]

Listening to the Radio: BBC Radio 3

Turn on your radio, you never know what’s in there. For the best part of all the years I’ve been alive my taste in music was pretty much set by my ‘Little Richard moment.’ I’ve described it elsewhere on here, but it happened one day when I was little. In a coffee bar on Walton […]

Gardens in the City

A meditation on hospitals, allotments and the National Health Service. While I’m writing this I’m listening to the ‘NHS Symphony’. A new choral work commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our health service. It contains a collage of sounds from two Birmingham NHS hospitals, routine sounds and major life event […]