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 […]

The Elephant’s Head of Ducie Street: A short story

The Head had been having a bit of a life since it left its elephant, apparently. In a gallery, a bar and now up on top of the bay of an empty house in Ducie Street, Liverpool 8. Or so I was told while on my usual monthly visit to the Granby Street Market, on […]

From Pitt Street to Granby

Liverpool is a city full of stories and next Tuesday evening I’ll be going to the launch of a new book that tells a few more. I can’t tell you any of the stories here because I don’t know what they are. But I do know that hearing them will deepen and change my own […]

Granby 4 Streets: Talking with Aditya

‘Bearing in mind we’re ordinary people, what we’ve done is magnificent.’ Hazel Tilley This morning in The Guardian Aditya Chakrabortty has published an article he’s been working on with a group of us over the past couple of weeks. I’ve decided to link to the article from this blog so it can be included on […]

Thinking About Granby & the Welsh Streets

I’ve been thinking about Granby this week. Talking about it too, along with several of us there who were involved in setting up the Community Land Trust a few years back. We’ve been talking to a journalist is all I’ll say and you’ll be able to read what we said within the next couple of […]

Moving beyond ‘No’

Yes, I’ve been reading. But we’ll come back to that. When I got talking to people in Granby in Liverpool, about seven years ago now, they asked me to help them get over a very specific problem: “We all know what we don’t want. We don’t want our houses to be knocked down. So we’ve […]