LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 7 – Location, location, location…

Posted Posted in lockdowntown, Manchester, Oldham, truth, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

While Oldham is still in lockdown, other parts of the UK are loosening their grip. The British Museum opened yesterday and seeing the inside of my beloved London bolthole tugged at my heartstrings. I used to spend a lot of time in London. But since March I haven’t been there and I don’t think I […]

LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 4 – Where are my Characters?

Posted Posted in covid19, lockdowntown, Manchester, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

Thank you for visiting Day 4 of LockdownTown. If you were looking for Day 2 and 3, don’t bother. Like many COVID19 lockdown days, they’ve evaporated into the gap between ‘I don’t know what day it is’ and ‘sitting frowning at the world’. It’s never a good way to start a story, but I woke […]

Divided we are not

Posted Posted in 2019, Books, Change, Freedom, Hope, Identity, Life, Oldham, Perfect Ten, Standpoint theory, Stories, Storytelling, UK politics, Uncategorized, Writing

Oldham gets a lot of bad press, including misrepresentation from Nigel Farage this week claiming that many areas in Oldham are ‘no-go areas’. It just so happens that the venue for my author event was smack bang in the centre of one of these areas. Alexandra Park, a beautiful Victorian space in the heart of Oldham, is often pitched by racists as somewhere race war battles are in full force every day of the week.