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Metal Cookbook

Metal Cookbook

  Metal Cookbook At Metal Liverpool, we grow a whole range fresh produce in our community garden from herbs to fruit and vegetables!  We work with our resident artists to get creative in the kitchen, cooking dinners for local creatives and community members, this process forms a vital part of their research and development phase […]

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Dave Evans

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The permaculture garden at Edge Hill Station has given me a unique environment that has helped me to develop new artwork.  I make work about rhythm and movement, and the station garden is a place where lots of different rhythms, those of plants, commuters and trains, all intersect. It has also been a great opportunity […]

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Contesting Neoliberal Common Sense: Bottom-up History and the Struggle over Urban Space

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  Contesting Neoliberal Common Sense: Bottom-up History and the Struggle over Urban Space Ben Rogaly  This piece was written for Re:development, a book brought together by the artist Jessie Brennan following her year-long residency at The Green Backyard in Peterborough. The invitation gave me a chance to reflect on my own encounters with The Green Backyard, and the […]

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Re: development: Voices, Cyanotypes & Writings from The Green Backyard

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A derelict site in Peterborough’s city centre was transformed into a vibrant community garden by volunteers, yet is still under threat of redevelopment. This book – Re:development: Voices, Cyanotypes & Writings from The Green Backyard, an outcome of my time with people who use and care for the garden – shares the voices of those defending […]

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RESIDENT: MATT LEWIS

RESIDENT: MATT LEWIS

PETERBOROUGH SONIFEROUS As part of my residency capturing the sounds of  Welland and Cardea I’ve been recording in and around the sites that link these two areas. A major sonic feature of the area close to Welland are a number of waste management sites and linking Cardea to Welland is the new Viridor Energy Recycling Facility […]

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Premiere

Premiere

So, on May 26 (World Dracula Day) the premiere of High Stakes was held at Metal in Peterborough. Thank you to my audience of local poets, artists (including surrealists), film fans, vampire fans, old goths, old punks and other subversives. The prize for best shoes was won by Carmilla, though there were a couple of […]

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Goth

Goth

No. I was never a goth. If you’ve read this far along my blog stream to the precipice above the premiere of my show, that might surprise you. May 22 is World Goth Day and I suppose we should discus this flaw in my personality… Some music sub-cultures, like Mod or Rocker, I see as […]

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The Surrealist Sportsman’s Club

The Surrealist Sportsman’s Club

The screening of the film The Lobster by the Frame film club at Metal urged me to write a piece about the local incarnation of The Surrealist Sportsman’s Club. The original Surrealist Sportsman’s Club appeared in a series of short stories written by Maurice Richardson (1907 – 1978) that were published in the magazine Liliput […]

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Fearful Symmetries

Fearful Symmetries

Second week in May I ran a writing workshop at the John Clare Cottage in Helpston near Peterborough. This is a lovely place and they have allowed me to use a corner of the café to work on material for the show. So I offered the workshop to, in some small way, repay them. I […]

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Haigh

Haigh

At the beginning of May theatre group Project 22 mounted an immersive promenade drama experience at the Stamford Arts Centre about key points in the life of infamous Acid Bath Murderer John George Haigh. Haigh was born in Stamford in July 1909 and brought up in Yorkshire, in a family who were members of a […]

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