Poetry and crime

I like poetry – in fact I have been known to write poetry (probably really badly but what the hell) – however I really don’t know very much about it so an evening at Five Leaves Bookshop with poets Stuart Henson and John Harvey seemed a good opportunity to learn more. The evening, a few […]

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Guiding me back in time

Just after I first moved to Nottingham – which is around nine months ago now – a very lovely friend and colleague bought me this book which she’d found in a second hand shop in Folkestone (thanks Bev). Having completed my little creative corner in my lounge (see the header picture) yesterday, I now have […]

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Help save a little bit of countryside in the heart of the city

I finally got around to visiting somewhere I’ve been meaning to go for a long time on Friday – Stonebridge City Farm. It’s barely out of the city centre. You can get a bus from outside the Victoria Centre or you can walk, like I did, down through Hockley, across Sneinton Market and just along […]

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Who said heroes have to be clean?

‘Heroes with Grimy Faces’ – Winston Churchill coined the term and he was referring to the firefighters and the Civil Defence Workers who helped protect home soil during the Second World War. I discovered Nottingham’s memorial to these unsung heroes in the churchyard of St Mary’s when I was looking for the grave of George […]

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Out of Africa… the story of a Nottingham legend

Some time in 1766, a boat arrived in the UK carrying cargo from Sierra Leone. Among that cargo was a gift for Benjamin Molineux of Wolverhampton. That gift was a small black boy, aged about three years old. He was given to the Molineuxs as a slave, as was fashionable at that time. The Molineuxs […]

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Votes for women

Do I think of myself as a feminist? I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot recently. After the gender pay thing hit the headlines, everyone went into overdrive about gender inequality in a way I hadn’t really noticed since the late 70s and early 80s. At work a new women’s group was formed. I […]

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Look off centre for some inspiration

A little while ago I wrote in this blog that I loved being based somewhere that felt like it had a cultural revolution going on (it was here). This morning that point was brought home to me again when I took part in a series of workshops organised as part of Nottingham’s first Off Centre […]

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