Like many other immigrants over the decades, my first move into Nottingham was to move into Sneinton. It’s a compact neighbourhood and it wasn’t long before I was exploring the Polish delicatessens, the Asian supermarkets and the perpetually open corner shop which sold “everything you could ever want at any time”: apart from the very … Continue reading Guest Blog for Creative Nottingham: Getting under their skin: portraits of Hockley, St Anns and Sneinton by Mik Godley.
It’s a Friday lunchtime in the office and the weekend beckons, despite the temperatures not shifting much beyond minus 73 degrees C. An email pings through the letter box and your first impulse is to press the delete button as fast as you can to prevent you from being drawn into another circular route of … Continue reading Guest Blog for Creative Nottingham: Urban magic on your doorstep.
It’s a simple enough mistake to make in Nottingham. You say to a mate with the faux confidence of someone who hasn’t got a clue what they’re talking about, ‘Meet you at the Left Lion’. Something that people have done for generations it seems. So you turn up at what you think is the Left … Continue reading Guest Blog for Creative Nottingham: Left Lion, Right Lion. Confused? That’s the point.
I’m at the top of the Nottingham Wheel in a gently swaying gondola. It’s drizzling outside, my Creative Quarter colleagues are happily immersed in a life drawing class and I peer through the gap in the gondola's windows. A few doors down there’s a clump of puppeteers waving at the passing birds; further ahead a … Continue reading Guest Blog for Creative Nottingham: The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing
“We are the Robin Hood of Europe: we will take your credit cards, your DVDs, your bank details and distribute them to our people.” These were the welcoming words of a friendly burocrat of the Obrenovac Town Council in Serbia when I met him for the first time in 2009 as part of a trilateral … Continue reading Guest Blog for Creative Nottingham: I’m a newcomer: I know nothing.