New Journeys with The Place Collective.

I am posting this a few days after the traditional celebration of Spring on the 1st May and a few days before the inaugural meeting of a new artist collective which I’ve been invited to join. Perhaps then, this is the perfect week for beginnings. The PLACE Collective is a group of, let’s call them,…

‘Escape from Coronaland’: Allegorical Mapmaking Workshop.

Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been unable to give mapping workshops due to the closure of the museums that usually employ me. However, I’m pleased to announce I ran my first online workshop for The Brighton Chamber of Commerce on the 30th April. The workshop was part of the Chamber’s Brighton Basecamp: En…

Chalk Streams and Wetlands: A Story Going Forwards, not Back.

I told you a story once. Perhaps it was last year, perhaps longer ago – I forget….  It was about how a small urban stream, locked up underground for almost a century, was realigned and released once more into the light and how it started to flow with clean water, to grow marsh marigolds and…

Finding Good in Nature: Prayers Around the World.

I’m not a traditionally religious person but I do believe there’s a force for good. Perhaps I see it in the seedling bound with so much hope and promise springing from dark earth. Perhaps I find it in the kind touch of snowflake on cheek in an otherwise bleak world. Perhaps I find it in…

Garden Plans: A Year Full of Flowers with Sarah Raven.

Last year, during the first Spring lockdown, I started to grow a garden. I’ve always had a small yard at the back of my Victorian terrace but I know very little about gardening. It was tired, uncared for and nothing much grew there apart from ivy and straggling shrubs. Suddenly though, being outside became super…

Finding Joy in Mud: A Map of the Adur Estuary.

It’s been so cold and damp here that I can feel the grey creeping into my bones and the fingers of February fog beginning to stroke my heart. Taking a walk in the daylight has kept my sanity in check and I get out into nature as much as I can – scientifically proven to…

Roses and Violets; Valentine Puzzle Purses.

The violets will be flowering soon on the steep, damp banks of country roads and the wood pigeons are cooing from their perch in the ivy every morning. You can feel it in the air somehow – the Day of Love, St Valentine’s Day, is coming round, inevitably, again – even in these most difficult…

The Launch of Apples and People; New Ways of Looking at Apples.

Just a quick post to celebrate the launch of applesandpeople.org.uk featuring The Apple World map that I illustrated last Summer. The website is a virtual prelude to the physical exhibition, Apples & People, planned at the Cider Museum and four National Trust properties in Herefordshire for whenever the pandemic allows venues to open more freely….

A Home to Create in: Literary and Musical Houses of Britain and Ireland.

It’s been a few difficult years for me in the UK. During the run up to Brexit, political divisions within the nations became bitterly apparent and then the pandemic tore the community, economics and security apart even further. Sometimes I’ve felt ashamed to be English and not at home in the country at all. However,…