The Southport born Suffragette

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 …

It’s Winter time. We had an election…another one!

It’s Winter time. We had an election…another one! I think I now know why calling a General Election for this particular December 12 triggered a deep reaction in my soul.  It thrust me back to December 12, 1970  when my sister Melanie was born.  Images, thoughts and feelings crashed in on me with the announcement that we had to have …

Three Months a Councillor

THREE MONTHS A COUNCILLOR I have been a Local Government Councillor for almost three months now. I use this space to integrate my art thinking, the local government activities I do and the politics. It’s a new way of working for me and a new space. A FEW MUSINGS ON FORM, SPACE AND ACTION This time I said I would …

One Month a Councillor

One Month a Councillor I have been a councillor for one month. It has been a very busy month: Here is a taster of what I have been doing: Training: I had a one to one from an officer from Democratic Services outlining all my responsibilities as a new councillor. I met all the directors of service and heard how …

Five on a journey

Labour Councillors in Southport have been a rare breed since 1974. We have added five for Southport in the last two years. I am learning that theatre/performance making and politics is a more fascinating combination than I had thought. New challenges, new learning in a new space and time with different audience/participants. Watch this space for more musings on working …