The Trouble With Statues

The Trouble with Statues The trouble with statues is they are too big for cupboards.  Once in situ – that’s it, unless through some vigorous act they are torn down, usually with the aid of ropes, chains and muscle. I have been very moved by the Black Lives Matter protests but feel utterly inept in commenting so I will just …

Peter Billingham – It’s Simply the Memory.

Peter Billingham – It’s Simply the Memory. Peter was a wordsmith, a term I wouldn’t have used when I first met him, but I think best describes how he worked with words in performance. This is what I mostly remember about him: his love of words, the muscularity of his writing, his belief in the importance and uniqueness of the …

Eleven Months a Councillor and Everything is Cancelled!

Eleven Months a Councillor and Everything is Cancelled! 3 weeks ago I was campaigning for the next local election, counting out and bagging up leaflets and letters for local delivery. I was standing again this year due to the uncanny result in the last local election. Then COVID-19 kicked in and the election got cancelled. 2 weeks ago I was …

Hecate and Dog Poo

Hecate and Dog Poo One mighty canine whose master knows how to bag it and bin it. (Husky Pic Courtesy of Nia Phillips) In working as a Ward Councillor probably one of the most regular calls to action has been tackling dog poo and occasionally the human variety.  When I first moved to Southport, Richard and I affectionately nicknamed our …

The Southport born Suffragette

A couple of years ago during my artist’s residency at Heron Corn Mill in Cumbria I was researching into the Westmorland based early 20th century writer Constance Holme, coined as the Northern equivalent to Thomas Hardy and George Eliot but not nearly as famous or as widely read. As part of the research I investigated her family tree and discovered …