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2016: A year in 30 photographs

A selection from the several thousand photographs I’ve taken this year for this blog. Taken all together they tell one story of the year. Not a definitive one, more of a meander as you might expect.

In a year that’s been turbulent in so many ways it’s been good to have this blog to come home to. A quiet place to reflect and to tell some stories. Stories of ordinary days and determined people, trying to make our part of the world a better and fairer place.

A frame round the sky. At Rotunda in Kirkdale

A frame round the sky. At Rotunda in Kirkdale

The new stand at Anfield rising in the January fog.

The new stand at Anfield rising in the January fog.

Reflection of the new Royal.

Reflection of the new Royal.

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At The Black-E: Without These Walls

Announcing the next showing of “Without These Walls” at The Black-E in Liverpool at 10am on Monday 26th September.

Jayne Lawless at the Black-E.

Jayne Lawless at the Black-E.

After three showings so far around Liverpool and one last week in Slovakia “Without These Walls” and its accompanying “Ghost Mural” will be screened on Monday 26th September, 10am at The Black-E as part of “The World Transformed” event running alongside the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.dsc06197 As well as the films there will be a follow up discussion about how an apparently well meaning Labour Party supported public policy ended up devastating whole places and communities. Continue reading

Peaceful Warrior at Red Brick Vintage

dsc05985I didn’t take many photos at Peaceful Warrior on Thursday night as I spent so much time standing up with my mouth open, but fortunately Liverpool photographer Jane MacNeil was also there and has kindly sent me some of her photos, now added and credited.

First, getting things ready.

With Jayne, getting the supplies for the evening.

With Jayne, getting the supplies for the evening.

Jan from Red Brick with Catherine Dalton hanging her as yet untitled fabric piece, specilly done for tonight.

Jan from Red Brick with Catherine Dalton hanging her fabric piece, specially done for tonight.

Beautiful work Catherine.

‘Untitled’ by Catherine Dalton. Beautifully done.

Several Jayne Lawless pieces are hung around the room.

Several Jayne Lawless pieces are also hung around the room.

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Without These Walls: Peaceful Warrior

'Peaceful |Warrior' by Jayne Lawless.

‘Peaceful Warrior’ by Jayne Lawless.

Announcing only the third ever showing of ‘Without These Walls’ the Jayne Lawless and Janet Brandon film, taking place at Red Brick Vintage at 6:00 in the evening on Thursday September 8th. It’s no ordinary film and it’ll be no ordinary event.

At Red Brick Vintage – Stanhope Street, Liverpool, L8 5RE, Thursday 8th September.Red Brick

Here’s Jayne:

Jayne Lawless

 

“Hello all. The next screening of Without These Walls, will be at this, an event we built to house the film in a ‘safe place’.

After the last screening and discussion at The Hesletine Institute I felt really drained. We walked over to the Caledonia pub and although the issues the film brings up carried on, they were slowly swallowed up by the music coming from a cajun band that had literally just set up right beside us.

I realised then that with the dark thoughts there must be light.

At the same time I was reading a book called Peaceful Warrior lent to me by a friend, a passing remark with a fellow organiser of this event using the same phrase led to ‘Peaceful Warrior’ – a night to share our stuff in a safe space, some hard stuff maybe to make you think, but also stuff to make you dance.

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Caledonia: Liverpool

In the pub after the second ever showing of ‘Without These Walls’
DSC03498It’s on Catharine Street, The Caledonia, and has always been there. A good basic pub that went through a few years where it tried out being a launderette too. Not now. These days it’s independently run, does great food, great music and positively encourages the bringing in of dogs. A group of us went there last night.DSC03499The musicians who gradually assembled around us didn’t have any specific name on the June programme on all the tables. Just ‘Cajun Session.’

And so the Cajun Session began.

And so the Cajun Session began.

You know the sound. Accordion driven, gently compulsive, occasional vocals in a French that’s never been to France. Enthralling. Continue reading

The Pop Up Community Picnic Hub

ChTmYOgWgAAJV3o.jpg-largeSeen enough lovely pictures of walking to Hilbre on here lately? Well tough, here’s a load more.

Inspired by Patricia Levey_Bennett’s beautiful post earlier this week, a group of us decided to do the walk again today for our friend Jayne’s birthday. Jayne Lawless that is. Artist of ‘Without These Walls’  and one of my partners in The Coming Home Project.

The day was jointly catered by Pat, Sarah and Jayne whose wonderful and varied picnic inspired us to call ourselves, for one day only and using all the currently tired clichés we could sniggeringly suggest:

“The People’s Pop-up Community Picnic Hub Collective in Meanwhile Space.”

And here we all are: Pat, Catherine, Eliza, Jayne, Ronnie And Sarah.

And here we all are: Pat, Catherine, Eliza, Jayne, Ronnie And Sarah.

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‘Without These Walls’

A film and a ghost mural telling the story of Granton Road, North Liverpool.

“We kept hearing the word ‘units’ about us. When these were not ‘units’ – they were people’s homes!” Jayne Lawless – Granton Road artist and story teller.

The telling of the truth begins.

The telling of the truth begins.

In two linked posts about one day, Friday 8th April, I’m going to write about the future of the place that occupies most of my time now. North Liverpool. First the story of a film and its accompanying mural of a lost place, Granton Road L5, which was just opposite Liverpool FC’s ground.

Walking up from the North Docks.

Walking up from the North Docks.

I’ve spent the day so far being part of an amazing event down at Make Liverpool, working on the Beautiful Ideas I’ve been telling you about for a while now. On this day the ideas have gone public and all the invited guests are telling us how exciting North Liverpool is feeling to them. More on this in the post which will link to this one.

Now, as evening falls, I walk up Boundary Street and along Walton Breck Road to Homebaked.

Where the new film will be shown for the first time tonight.

Where the new film will be shown for the first time tonight.

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