Looking For Utopia: A Beginning

A presentation of early progress in my PhD research, given at the University of Liverpool on the 19th May 2019. In which telling the story like an actual story becomes my thing. “The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into out hearts and our brains.” Paul Simon: “Train in the Distance” I want […]

On A Halcyon Day

I’ve always loved that word. Happiness, golden, idyllic it means. A perfect remembrance of times past, even if the times were only yesterday. This was my yesterday. A day off from working in a time of quite hard work, enjoyable though it’s mostly turning out to be, this University life. But stretching my brain all […]

The Green They Only Get Around About Now

I seem to be feeling more than a bit reflective today, helped by the springtime. The trees turning that green they only get around about now, but which does happen each year. The reassurance of the new. That spring will come, whatever else we do, spring will come. And this spring day was a particular […]

Granby: The Winter Garden Opens

This was well done by all. On the first day of spring, under a perfect blue sky that we could all see through the glass roof, the Granby Winter Garden was opened. Then later on, much later, under a full spring moon, the Granby Winter Garden was still open. It was that magical sort of […]

Introducing: Granby Winter Garden

Opening on 20th March, invitation below As I write this new addition to Granby isn’t quite open yet, so I feel very privileged to have been shown around. I also feel the full story of the particular place isn’t mine to tell, so I won’t tell it. Not all of it. But it’s such a […]

Granby 4 Streets: Telling our story

Here’s a story then, a podcast this one. A story of community led change at Granby 4 Streets. A story of many years. Told by Joe Farrag, Eleanor Lee, Hazel Tilley, Nasra Hill, Tracey Gore, Rose Seagrief, Steve Hoey, Andrea Ku, Vicky Evans-Hubbard… and me. “We didn’t ask permission for any of it!””It was half […]