It Will Take The Time It Takes: Writing in the lockdown

A pause, thirteen weeks into lockdown, to think about how I’ve got on with my own academic work and changed my working methods because of the pandemic. A beginning I realise that, in the context of everything that’s happening to us all, how I’m getting on with writing my sociology PhD might not seem to […]

The Sounds That Heaven Makes: Music to Write By

Making up playlists while listening to BBC Radio 3. For nearly all of my days I’ve loved music, virtually all music. Vast amounts of it have defined whole periods of my life. After the obvious Beatles days of growing up there was Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue to Héjira’ period, succeeded by David Bowie’s ‘Berlin Trilogy’ then […]

Time and The Garden: A Pandemic Story

A day of writing and gardening, on my own and with Sarah. I will always remember May 2020 as the time I spent most of my time here on Sarah’s Allotment. Graciously suggested by her as the best place to keep on doing the PhD work I’m doing, while the bleak lockdown virus spring has […]

Walking and Writing: Sociology During a Pandemic

When all these benches were constructed, deep in the Christmas dark, I wondered who might come and sit on them, here at the University outside the Eleanor Rathbone Building? Especially with Abercromby Square and its Cathedral view so close by. Well I’m the answer and virus-closed Abercromby Square is the reason. The view here’s not […]

All My Quiet Places

I’m finding writing without walking impossible. I haven’t written a word for years that didn’t get walked first. Now, in these weeks of lockdown, I’m finding that short permitted walks can produce enough for occasional blog posts, but not for the sustained logical academic writing of my utopian PhD. The work I’ve taken on and […]

Home Life During a Pandemic

4th April – Week Two How are you doing? Nearly two weeks into the British version of a lockdown and maybe longer where you are, how are you getting on? Hoping but not presuming you’re well, here’s another hello from me here in Liverpool. This is the second of these Home Life reports and, as […]