The L-Shaped Room

The heart-breaking catastrophe at Grenfell Tower has shone a stark light on the lives of a community more often talked about than allowed to speak.  As with any stark light there are also deep shadows and we should continue to expose as much as possible remembering that this was not an isolated group but that … More The L-Shaped Room

The Parbold Bottle

You’d never know it was there if you didn’t go looking for it. Squat, unassuming, unmarked at the dead end of a track under the brow of the hill just off the main road, the Parbold Bottle seems sadly forlorn.  Yet it tells a story of determination and achievement that should be more widely celebrated, … More The Parbold Bottle

Mappa Mundi, Hereford

Hereford is on Mappa Mundi, almost completely smudged out from the actions of countless pilgrims.  It’s obscured, down towards the lower edge, the outskirts of a world centred on the holy site of Jerusalem and which also included the fantastical men with their faces in their bellies and the pelican plucking at her own breast.  … More Mappa Mundi, Hereford

Lud’s Church, Leek

Lud’s Church could be Coleridge’s deep romantic chasm.  There’s the scale of a large chapel of the perpendicular style, moss-riddled and dropped with greenery.  It could be the shock of stumbling into it from the woods after quite a clamber up from the river.  In my imagination it was low in the valley whereas it … More Lud’s Church, Leek