In his 1845 work The Condition of the Working Class in England, Friedrich Engels lovingly described the town of Stockport thus: Stockport is renowned throughout the entire district as one of the duskiest, smokiest holes, and looks, indeed, especially when viewed from the viaduct, excessively repellent. But far more repulsive are the cottages and cellar … Continue reading Stockport Museum Trail
Almost a decade before EL James turned a Twilight AU into an inexplicably successful book series, there lived a teenage girl. She loved Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings, and X-Men, and wished that the stories could never end. She wanted to read about the moments in between chapters, movies and episodes. She … Continue reading Confessions of an erstwhile fanfiction writer
The feminist credentials of Barbara Millicent Roberts is often a divisive topic. Created by Ruth Handler nearly 60 years ago, the Barbie doll has evolved into an instantly recognisable cultural and capitalist icon. Based on the design of a more sultry, adult orientated German doll named Lilli (a cartoon strip character from German newspaper Bild), … Continue reading Questions of Feminism and Fashion: The Barbie Expo, Montreal
The John Rylands Library is one of Manchester’s most beautiful architectural gems, a wondrous neo-Gothic style cathedral of learning. It attracts visitors from all over; it is even featured in the New York Time’s guide to 36 hours in Manchester. However, despite the name, this building was not established by Rylands himself, but rather by … Continue reading Women Who Shaped Manchester – John Rylands Library; & Other Thoughts.
The M1/M4 neighbour of Manchester, nestled between the bustling metropolis of Piccadilly and the currently-undergoing-gentrification Ancoats is known as the Northern Quarter. It has long had a reputation as a haven for creative souls and independent businesses, and is often likened to places such as London’s Shoreditch. I always enjoy a stroll around this part … Continue reading The Art of the Northern Quarter, Manchester
My ideas for blog posts come from various different sources: books, movies, places I visit, but often my most fertile source is that of articles and posts by others. I keep a folder of these marked “inspiration”, and many of them do form the basis of some of my writings. However, for many, my idea … Continue reading Idea catharsis; or the unfinished articles memorial post
One rainy afternoon in 2016, with a radio play nattering in the background, I started to write. What flowed out wasn’t a short story, or a chapter of my on-again/off-again attempt at novel writing. It wasn’t a trite reflection for my ePortfolio; it wasn’t even a stream of consciousness narrative. It was a blog post. … Continue reading Wednesday’s Child: First Birthday and a Digest
Graphic novels and comic books have been in the news recently, with the announcement that Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel Sabrina has been included in the longlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Many column inches have been generated on the topic: lists of other “literary” graphic novels; asking why it has taken so long for … Continue reading Top Comic Book One Shots and Graphic Novels
One evening, a distracted teacher scribbled a sentence atop the exam papers he was marking: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” These words became a novel, and in 1937, The Hobbit was published, the first in a series of works which form the epic legendarium of Middle Earth.
Albert Einstein was born on 14th March 1879 – or, if one adopts the month-day-year format as is used in the United States, 3/14, familiar to us as the first three digits of the mathematical constant π, or pi. In honour of both, March 14th is often regarded as “π day”.