Not in Our Name: Saying No to the Muslim Ban

At the end of our Liverpool working day we leave our workplaces and travel through our city to meet, because we have something to do, something to say. Through our city of immigrants, our city of arrivals. We are all of us arrivals here. Through our mixture of cultures and places. Through the richness of […]

It’s Liverpool, in 1964: City of Change and Challenge

Or ‘Seaport: A Life in a Book’This book came out originally in 1964 when I was ten years old. And though I had my adult-side library ticket by then it must have been a reference only book, as I have no memory of bringing it home. Instead I would sit in the North Liverpool library of […]

St George’s Hall, Liverpool – what’s it for?

Well, what exactly is St George’s Hall for? Hardly an urgent issue but something I ask myself now and then. I can’t imagine Liverpool without it. The sort of building that shouts out ‘This is a very important city with very big ideas about itself.’ Which it is and which we do have. Don’t get […]

In Liverpool: On National Libraries Day

Well where else would I go on such a day? I’ve spent the last couple of Saturdays working in my local library. I love to go there when I want to really concentrate on writing something. I love too the serendipity of finding what I didn’t even know I was looking for when accidentally sat […]

And here I’ll stay

My post the other day on ’10 things I’ve learned from ‘A year to live’ carried the unsurprising news, to anyone who knows me and/or reads this blog, that I’ll be living in Liverpool for the rest of my life. “I am happy where I am. I know I will never go to Machu Picchu, […]

Back to the Future: Liverpool 1948

I don’t, on the whole buy books. We have splendid public libraries here in Liverpool and I’ve spent all of my life steadily reading my way through them. Knowing that by the time my life comes to its end there will still be many thousands of books, more than could be fitted into a typical […]