something about the importance of place in governance

‘We are being sucked into a foul, bureaucratic swamp’ Lenin, quoted in S.A. Smith’s ‘Russia in Revolution’.  ‘Within this fetid ecosystem the air was too stale for new ideas to grow’ Gary Younge, quoted in Nesrine Malik’s ‘We Need New Stories’.  There is much fetidness and foulness in the world today. Nigeria, Trump, Tory MPsContinue reading “something about the importance of place in governance”

cultivating sorrow in a locked chest

Reading some old, old letters written by my father to his brother, I came across this critique of the ‘dead sterility of Beckett’: ‘audiences feel at once flattered and reassured by him…the modish despair helps. There is something comforting…how much harder to accept and live up to Blake’s optimism, which is a judgement on allContinue reading “cultivating sorrow in a locked chest”

the politics of incarceration

18 July 2020  ”I was only a working-class boy from a Nationalist ghetto, but it is repression that creates the revolutionary spirit of freedom. I shall not settle until I achieve liberation of my country, until Ireland becomes a sovereign, independent socialist republic. ” The words of Bobby Sands as quoted in IRIS, Vol. 1,Continue reading “the politics of incarceration”

thinking about well-being

7 June 2020 I spent the whole day in my head says Mac Miller on ‘Good news’ (Circles, released 2020).  Since mid-March, probably many people have felt a bit like they are living in their heads. I know I have.  The casual and spontaneous interactions suddenly stopped.  Everything became strange, planned and yet unplanned. And accessed through aContinue reading “thinking about well-being”

communities in crisis

1 June 2020 There is a lot of talk about community at the moment. In my proper job community is the work and I think about it a lot. The how will we be ‘after lockdown’ conversations we have had, have talked about access to culture – who is involved in the making and presenting of work; which culturalContinue reading “communities in crisis”