The Shiftiness of Reality and Laurie Lee

10 June 2021 Today I went on a walk with a woman I’d never met to find a man I didn’t know who wrote a book I’d never read.  Radical Stroud walkers Stuart Butler, Andrew Budd and I were joined by singer/songwriter Lisa Fitzgibbon who is undertaking a two year Arts Council funded project DownContinue reading “The Shiftiness of Reality and Laurie Lee”

In This Place; At This Time – Imbolc I 2021

The Walk Of The Three Longbarrows – the first in a series of three Imbolc walks taking place over 2-3 weeks. The monotony and restrictions of the current lockdown were starting to tell, and amplified unbearably my usual New Year impulse to break out, break away, do something.  I decided to set out on aContinue reading “In This Place; At This Time – Imbolc I 2021”

First Friday December 2020: The Ash and the Birch and Knowledge Hard Won

Today I did an organised walk, joining one of Walking The Land’s ‘First Friday’ walks, with an invitation to explore and respond to winter trees. We met virtually as a group to share ideas and thoughts, and state our intents for our walks, and then went our physical separate ways to, in a delightful phrase,Continue reading “First Friday December 2020: The Ash and the Birch and Knowledge Hard Won”

Star Magick, Slavery and the Bathurst Estate

It was my birthday last week, and I am proud to announce I have now completed 48 full rotations of the sun. I love birthdays for many reasons, but one is that they make effortless cosmonauts of us all. Having taken time off work, we went for a long walk starting near Sapperton, circling throughContinue reading “Star Magick, Slavery and the Bathurst Estate”

Why am I here?

The spotlight that tends to highlight my obsessions has swung round, and is currently illuminating my old love of boundaries, of the liminal and edgelands – not just those in the landscape, but those within us, both bodily and psychologically. My mind and imaginings have been full of things found on the estuaries of theContinue reading “Why am I here?”