Sarah Horton’s ‘Mystery Jam’

We’d both noticed that the brambly hedgerows near us were heaving with blackberries almost ready to be picked, and so yesterday evening we walked over to The Mystery to pick some, not sure if there’d be enough of them ready for jam yet. Fifteen hours later the Mystery Jam was being poured into its waiting […]

“ReLoved” on Wavertree High Street

You know the way it is. All the way through lockdown I’ve been storing up the books I’d finished reading with nowhere to take them as all the local charity shops were shut. But hearing a new one had just opened on the High Street I trundled off across the Mystery with a trolley full […]

The Outside Edge of The Mystery

All parks contain pathways that are not marked out or even maintained. They’re the desire lines trodden out by our feet. And there’s a long sequence of these paths round the outside edge of our local park here in Wavertree. Called ‘The Mystery’ by all of us, for reasons that need not detain today’s walk. […]

Love Wavertree: I Do

The way it started was this. A few months ago a journalist arrived in a taxi from Lime Street. Whoever it was didn’t have much time to get back to London so they knocked off an over-hasty article which gave the impression that Wavertree wasn’t much of a place to live, for various reasons. One […]

It’s nearly time: The Mystery Literary Festival

Coming up this weekend! Much more information, including the programme for the weekend, here at The Mystery Literary Festival. Once upon a time, when none of the things I’m about to tell you had even been dreamed of, a small boy in Liverpool swapped his treasured Beatles ‘Twist and Shout’ EP for an old book […]

The Writer’s House

After I wrote about my friend the artist Emma Rushton’s house a couple of weeks ago, some other friends suggested I might like to do a series where I look around some other people’s houses. They thought this could be an interesting development from other writings and work I’ve done on, oh, the meaning of […]