Mapping Rugby – Where sport, art and history colourfully collide.

Rugby is a place I have never been to. Of course, I’ve heard of the game of Rugby, although, with shame, I can’t say I’ve ever bothered to understand it.  I’ve also heard of the iconic Rugby School, one of the most historic and expensive establishments from which you can receive an English education. Both…

The year circles and ‘Manger’ is republished for Christmas.

One of the first posts on this blog, back in December 2014, was about the publication of ‘Manger’ – a book of illustrated poems and prayers coming from the voices of animals crowding around the manger on Christmas night. It’s always been one of my favourite books so I was extra pleased when I learnt…

Hope Rock – an imagined island of ‘Archipelago’

2019 is the 300th anniversary of the first publication of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, a tale of a shipwreck, a desert island and a man fighting to survive a strange environment with the help of a local islander, Friday. In celebration of the anniversary, a new book has been published. ‘Archipelago; an Atlas of…

Walking Through Time

I mentioned in my last post, that the map of the University of Warwick campus for the Mead Gallery’s ‘Follow that Hare’ project, an arts and nature trail created in 2018, had been re-released as a second edition with additional and newly acquired sculptures. Well, this week another project has been launched for the Gallery,…

Walking with Dickens – a map of the Thames.

The mist hangs above the dark water in layers of yellow and grey and all you can hear are the muffled bells of a 10 o’clock Sunday and the rhythmic splash of dipping oars.  This is the world of Dickens’ Thames – a world of prison ships and opium dens, of ferrymen and thieves, damp…