In Days Full of Silence

On living like a nun and other quiet thoughts In yesterday’s blog post about reading I sort of apologised for not writing much on here lately. And this morning, today being a sort of holiday, I thought I’d say a bit more about what I’ve been doing instead. Which as you can see I’m describing …

Thinking Space

Bear with me here but I’d decided today was a thinking day. I’ve not done much in the way of blog posting on here lately as I’ve been off inside my head doing the academic writing that’s taken up nearly all of my January and February. And it’s going very well, or at least I …

Talking About Writing

“You’re a writer as much as you’re anything else, so why not enjoy yourself and write for pleasure?” Wrapping up Series Two of our ‘Sustainable Cities’ podcasts Abi O’Connor and I have been talking about writing. We often do as we spend so much time here at the allotment, even on freezing days like this …

The Art of Sociology?

Some fieldnotes left here for me to think more about later. The sort of thing I’d always intended to use the academic section of the website for but haven’t much got around to so far. Linked to some thoughts about literature and good writing in the previous post on here. I’ve been thinking about sociology …

Reading “The Versions of Us”

Let’s nor split hairs, beat around the bush or dance on the head of a pin here, as if we would, but this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. This being “The Versions of Us” by Laura Barnett. A triptych of a book that plays with time and reality in three versions …

It Will Take The Time It Takes: Writing in the lockdown

A pause, thirteen weeks into lockdown, to think about how I’ve got on with my own academic work and changed my working methods because of the pandemic. A beginning I realise that, in the context of everything that’s happening to us all, how I’m getting on with writing my sociology PhD might not seem to …