The Far End of Queen’s Drive

In all the lockdown shrinking of our worlds this year I nearly forgot to go and look at what happens to the far end as every autumn begins. This is the far end of Queen’s Drive, Liverpool’s major ring road. It starts all the way round the city in Bootle and for most of its …

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 …

Heaven Up Here

A long walk on a Sunday morning with an Echo & the Bunnymen song running round my head. I never did know what most of the song was going on about except for the title and my abiding belief that they were talking about the North of England. Perhaps even this corner of the North …

“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, …