To Granby: On a Utopian Morning

This was a utopian morningPast the housing place I worked in all that time ago,Walking with my university friends,Strikers all.Across where the M62 didn’t arrive in LiverpoolYet blighted what it didn’t touch.Daffodils in the shiny winter rainLighting up the reciting of the ancient words of Shelter,Words like trouble and disaster.But this was not disaster, not […]

Another Planet

I’ve spent this weekend reading Tracey Thorn’s ‘Another Planet’ and it’s made me think about my own life. I thought it would, which is why I’d left its reading until a weekend when I knew I’d be on my own for the whole of the time. The book tells her story of growing up in […]

On a Train to Utopia: In Manchester

Written as I moved around during the day and published on the evening of the same day, some field notes from utopia. 9:15 – Liverpool, Lime Street I’m on my way to Utopia, or at least some versions of it that are in an exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Having a Saturday out […]

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” […]

Time In Utopia: Excerpt from a fictional dissertation

I’ve been busy. For most of the summertime that’s now ending regular readers of this blog might have noticed there’s not been many new posts to be regularly reading. Because I’ve been away. Not entirely away from Liverpool, but away nonetheless. In a fictional place of my own making as well as many days spent […]

The Lifeblood of a City: This Liverpool

A perfect public transport system? Run by and for the people? Some ideas. That was was good. Yesterday evening, sat talking down at Baltic Creative about the future of our city, this Liverpool. About good ideas, failed initiatives, big data, people and time. And as is my usual these days, what with studying its history […]