From Granby: In the Winter Garden

It’s a very rainy early Saturday morning here in Liverpool on the kind of day where it looks like the rain’s not going to stop. Which will be good for the allotment garden where I spend so much of my time both writing and gardening these days, though I don’t think I’ll be going there …

A Liverpool Nightfall

After the greyest of wet February mornings, around lunchtime today I’d walked from the university down to the North Docks in the still falling rain. Then spent the afternoon warm and dry inside Make Liverpool doing something which I’ll call ‘Storytelling With Ukranians’ for now, and tell you more about later. Hours later as I …

Opening Day at Kitty’s Launderette

This was always going to be a good day, so I wanted to make sure I enjoyed it as much as possible. This day in May 2019 when Kitty’s Launderette opened. The day Kitty’s opened. Sorting the photographs. After three years of having their idea, raising investments, designing and art, social and testing it out …

And now: The Street Market on Granby Street

This Saturday, 2nd April, sees the return of Granby 4 Streets Market. Now in its seventh year, the market this year moves out onto its new home on Granby Street itself. Granby Street L8. We’re expecting Ducie Street, the last of the 4 Streets to go on site, to do so some time this summer. …

Talking Fun Palaces with Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy, where do I start? Novelist, playwright, actor, activist and, these last few years, one of the main motivators behind Fun Palaces. About who and which, much more in a bit. It’s what I’m working on and thinking about with other North Liverpool people at our Beautiful Ideas sessions at the moment. How a …

In North Liverpool: At Rotunda

When I told a friend I’d been to Rotunda he’d never heard of them. “What is it?” he said “What do they do?” I took a deep breath and said roughly this: “Basically they’re a community led place that’s there to improvise whatever help’s needed around whoever comes through their Kirkdale door. Alternative education for …