Outside, after all of that

“Work as if you live in the earlier days of a better nation” Alasdair Grey All the way through a sunny day’s walking those words rumbled round my head. Quoted earlier on in one of many tweets regretting the death of the great Scottish author and artist. “In the earlier days of a better nation” […]

Expectations of Soon

After I’d brushed up the last few leaves and put the allotment to sleep for the winter I walked home. Not to home now but home soon. Out of the gate and down a different road I walked into the future. In this history of now. The first walking of a walk that will become […]

Late November

The afternoon began with work but nature soon took over, and the work can wait ’til tomorrow. On Ibbotson’s Lane A talk I’m doing on Tuesday at the University as part of a ‘Teach Out programme of alternative learning on strike days’ left the house with me, in the format of a mind map I’d […]

“Brief Lives” & two perfect paragraphs

I’m not sure if you’re supposed to do this really. Include whole paragraphs as quotations on a blog post about a particular book. But they’re such a perfect bookends to everything in between them that I’m going to go ahead and do just that anyway. ✹ Since Kate Rodenhurst and I wrote our joint piece, […]

Oyé: A Village Returns

Once a year in a park not too far away, a village called Oyé appears. For two days it goes about its village business, and then it disappears on the second night of the two days, like it was never there. Until the mid-summer of the following year, when once again Oyé returns, as it […]