Beeston Series #2

This is my final series of photographs from my first weekend with a good on loan camera. Alongside going into the park in Beeston, Leeds I wandered some of the streets. This was the hardest part of my mini weekend project. As with the park series I wanted to try and convey not only some…

Beeston Series #1

Following on from my last post, this is another series of photographs I took when I had access to a good quality camera. As well as exploring shapes, colours and views I attempted to produce some images to reflect and examine Beeston in south Leeds. Cross Flatts Park is for many people a central part…

My first weekend with a camera

I have had temporary access to a good camera this weekend…so I have been out exploring in south Leeds with it and I am going to do a couple of blog posts featuring some of my favourite images. To begin… It has been a really fascinating experience. I have enjoyed attempting to capture a level…

Words In The City

Words In The City is a late spring poetry spin off from the main Ilkley Literature Festival in October and it has just gone through its second season. On Friday 26 April I spent the evening at The Holbeck for the Words In The City Showcase jointly organised with Wordlife. Host (and poet) Kayo Chingonyi’s…

SatArtDay

A day of art in Leeds! I visited the Henry Moore Institute to see the ‘Senga Nengudi’ exhibition. It’s great! I learnt about Nengudi for the first time. From the programme; “Born in Chicago in 1943, Senga Nengudi has been a trailblazer in sculpture for fifty years…her work is characterised by a persistently radical experimentation…

Plunging into Harrogate

Thanks to a visit from my sister I have finally had a proper explore of Harrogate, the notoriously picturesque and fun town in north Yorkshire. First up – the Turkish Baths. It took me a while to get the routine (shower, steam, shower, plunge) sorted but once I did I found the whole experience exhilarating….

Leeds Log Day 730

On my first day in Leeds I wrote on Facebook; “Leeds log day 1 – it’s all good”. This time last year, on the first anniversary of my move I wrote a blog post with my top tips for moving to a new city on your own https://inaflowerdress.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/when-i-first-came-here/ Today I thought I’d share a brief year two…

Discombobulated beauty in Liverpool

The tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial 2018 asks “Beautiful world, where are you?” Well indeed. Of course beauty is easy to find. I think what is really being asked is where is humanity, dignity and respect? More difficult questions perhaps. I spent last weekend in Liverpool racing around as much of the Biennial as…

Belated summer picks

I contributed my picks for summer for ‘Socialist Review’ magazine and here they are…a bit late! I recommended ‘England: Poems from a school’, the V & A opening soon in Dundee and the Leeds based Thought Bubble Festival. All the selections are great… http://socialistreview.org.uk/437/pick-summer

The start of a love affair

I felt fabulously and nervously far away from home when my friend and I stepped off the train in Montpellier, in the south of France for a week’s holiday and saw palm trees. This blog post is a mixture of holiday snaps, thoughts about Montpellier, and some idle visiting tips. A visit to the south…