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04 Jun 2018
Dave Haslam Sonic Youth Slept ON My Floor book

INTERVIEW WITH DAVE HASLAM

On Monday 4th June I will be interviewing Dave Haslam about his newly published book, ‘Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor’ at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. The book recounts Dave’s life in Manchester from the early 1980s through to the present day, and takes in tales of love, music and personal revelation. It’s a parable for those times, and brilliantly evokes the chaos and excitement of the Hacineda years, as well as taking us through the decades that […]

30 Apr 2018
sunrise movie

SUNRISE – A SONG OF TWO HUMANS

This film was made in 1927, directed by FW Murnau and is considered to be one of the great movies from the era of silent films. I watched it recently, and found it beautiful both visually and in it’s tale of love and redemption. This is the Wikipedia entry

22 Jan 2018
The lights from dartmoor prison glowing in the early evening mist

NEW PODCAST

Following on from my visit to Dartmoor last year, I’ve produced a new podcast based on the experience. The word magical us used easily, and often in terms of joyful, childlike responses. That magic was present on Dartmoor, but there was also an unsettling darkness that followed me. You can hear more of what I’ve got to say by listening here… I also interview Manchester based artist Claire Riley about working at dawn in the city, and our need to […]

07 Dec 2017
book 5 plus architects

CHARITY CHOSEN FOR BOOK

My limited edition book ‘You Live With Us, We Live With You’ was published in September. The charity that I’ve chosen for the book, with the agreement of 5 Plus Architects, is 42ndStreet Manchester. Based in their Horsfall building in Ancoats, Manchester, it’s a fantastic charity, with 36 years’ experience of providing free and confidential services to young people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Art is very much part of their programme of activities. […]

07 Dec 2017

PHOTOGRAPHS ON SHOW IN HOPE MILL

I currently have two photographs on show in Hope Mill, Manchester, as part of a group show for Comme Ca PR. The two photographs are – ‘I THOUGHT I’D SEEN A UNICORN’ & ‘SHOULD I FOLLOW A BEGUILING PATH?’ In October I spent two weeks on Dartmoor, collecting photographs and recording for a podcast. Whilst I was there Hurricane Ophelia swept in, bringing a coating of Saharan dust that turned the sky pink, and Storm Brian changed the atmosphere so […]

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