The Gift Horse – on volunteering

The Gift Horse – on volunteering The casualisation of the creative workforce is like the pandemic. It is highly contagious, spreading fast and creating a sub-culture of artists, makers and artist-academics who are not only taken for granted but are being utterly exploited and expected to be grateful for that exploitation. Having several years experience working in sometimes unpaid collaborations …

Mapping a New direction in a Creative Journey: Follow the Stone Part One

Mapping a New direction in a Creative Journey: Follow the Stone[1]Part One  Then and Now Here follows a series of posts reflecting on recent creative explorations I have been making. These reflections coincide with a podcast I was invited to do recently for Per Stellas and an invitation to facilitate and direct students in a creative project we are calling  …

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 …

Performing Poverty and Sickness: reflections on ‘The House’ (2015) and ‘COVID’ (2019)

Performing Poverty and Sickness: reflections on ‘The House’ (2015) and COVID (2019) We are living in “unprecedented” times we are told daily through the government performance talks on the telly which in this third month have become extremely tiring and worn out like overlong runs of badly done Shakespeare. Friday Night quiz nights with family and friends in and from …

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 …