Distracted by the tulips

Today I’ve walked over to the allotment to carry on working on my PhD like I usually do. Having made some good progress here yesterday I’d thought I might easily carry on where I left off. But I haven’t, and having thought about it I don’t much mind. Work works better when it comes easily …

In Days Full of Silence

On living like a nun and other quiet thoughts In yesterday’s blog post about reading I sort of apologised for not writing much on here lately. And this morning, today being a sort of holiday, I thought I’d say a bit more about what I’ve been doing instead. Which as you can see I’m describing …

The Magnolia Tree

It’s my pleasure and my immense privilege to be spending my writing days at the moment in the presence of this tree, this Magnolia. I know none of its horticultural details (though see below) or the origins of its naming, you’d have to ask Sarah about those. But I can see what it does, which …

Thinking Space

Bear with me here but I’d decided today was a thinking day. I’ve not done much in the way of blog posting on here lately as I’ve been off inside my head doing the academic writing that’s taken up nearly all of my January and February. And it’s going very well, or at least I …

Talking About Writing

“You’re a writer as much as you’re anything else, so why not enjoy yourself and write for pleasure?” Wrapping up Series Two of our ‘Sustainable Cities’ podcasts Abi O’Connor and I have been talking about writing. We often do as we spend so much time here at the allotment, even on freezing days like this …