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June 2022 First Sunday: extra special and not just cos it isnt on a Sunday

June 2022: A Different First Sunday (and its on a Saturday instead)

 Dear friends, lovers and loiterers

I am delighted to share an invitation to join The LRM and our friends at Walk The Plank for a “Day Out at Drinkies”. This is part of Walk The Plank’s Irwell Weekender and promises to be an extraordinary First Sunday (and not just because it’s on a Saturday)

Find us between 12.30-4.30 on Saturday 4th June at
Drinkwater Park, Rainsough Brow, Prestwich, M25 9XW

Experience different performances, activities and sensory delights as you explore the woodland, meadows, river and ruins. We will be joined by artists and performers who will share songs, stories, games, wanders and more – I will share information about some of our collaborators over the next week, they include some cherished loiterers and amazing talents.

Access: 
Activities and performances will take place in a number of areas which have existing path access but some may be muddy depending on the weather. The site is step-free and includes both level as well as uneven ground. We will bring a small amount of additional seating. If you have any questions about access do please get in touch: Ben.Turner@walktheplank.co.uk

Please note:
Parking is limited, arrive by foot or bike or our free bus if you can.
Bring along something to eat or drink as there are no food options on site.
Temporary toilet facilities will be available
This event is taking place outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
You do not need a ticket and all events are free but you MUST book a seat on the minibus if you need one

Shuttle Bus
We are offering a shuttle bus from outside Salford Museum and Art Gallery on the Crescent and back again.
11.30am leaving the Crescent 1.30pm returning
2.30pm leaving the Crescent 4.30pm returning
Please get in touch with ben.turner@walktheplank.co.uk to reserve your place.

If you have any questions, comments or just fancy a chat as ever please feel free to contact me: mlrose@thelrm.org twitter @thelrm or text/sms 07974929589

with love and golden apples
Morag xx

PS watch this space for updates, and huge thanks to Walk The Plank and everyone who is making these wonderful shenanigans happen. And no, its nowt to do with the jubilee.

May 2022 First Sunday

May Day May Day

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and time for a wander….

Join us 2pm at the Lincoln statue in Lincoln Square Manchester on Sunday May 1st. The direction and pace will be determined by the collective following some resonant prompts…. I don’t know where we will end up but after a couple of hours or so we will gather to swap stories.

There will also be a WhatsApp group chat for those who want to join in but can’t be with us on the street. To join the WhatsApp groups or to share any questions, comments or ideas for future adventures in time and space please email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text/whatsapp 07974929589

Apologies for the disruption last month but please be assured I want to make The LRM as safe and accessible as possible and needed to look after myself when I was sick. I’m still catching up with messages so thank you for your patience.

Take care and I hope to walk with you soon

Love and Golden Apples

Morag

UPDATE: NO LOITERING TODAY, sorry

I am so sorry to do this, especially at short notice, but I have to cancel the loiter tonight as I feel unwell. I've never done this before and dont do it lightly, please accept my apologies. Are there any loiterers near Lincoln Square that could check at 6pm if anyone is there please? Thanks for understanding

First Sunday April 2022 update...

Good morning everyone

A quick reminder that it’s a time travelling First Sunday this month…

Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 6th April at Lincoln Square, Manchester, or online via WhatsApp. All are welcome to wander with us, our direction will be determined by the collective

If you do fancy a derive today I suggest a return to an old favourite. Start where you are. Walk in the direction you know less well or – if it is all too familiar at least try to break a habit by using the other side of the road, walking more slowly or focusing on sound or smell. Find a coin or token or online equivalent and toss when you reach a corner, crossroads or junction. Heads left, tails right if there’s just one choice, otherwise flip again and two heads forward, two tails back, head then tails stand still for a bit and feel the flow, tails then heads follow your heart.  

To join the whatsapp group for Wednesday, or for any questions, comments or ideas for future adventures in time and space please email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text / whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag xxx

April 2022 First Sunday: It's on Wednesday

Dear loiterers

Its First Sunday, This Sunday and so time for some communal wanderings. Apologies this notification is a bit later than normal; I always try to share derive details on a Thursday. However time has been playing strange tricks recently….. It’s perhaps fitting then that, due to various circumstances not all in our control, we shall be temporarily shifting from to one of our occasional not-on-a-Sunday First Sunday.

Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 6th April at Lincoln Square, Manchester, or online via WhatsApp. I’ll share the prompts Sunday morning for those who just can’t wait. All are welcome to wander with us, our direction will be determined by everyone who walks with us.

To join the whatsapp group, or for any questions, comments or ideas for future adventures in time and space please email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text / whatsapp 07974929589

With love and golden apples

Morag xxx

March 2022 First Sunday

 Dear friends and loiterers

I hope you are safe and finding some joy in the first Spring flowers. It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and time for some more #psychogeography. After last month’s extraordinary tour of Mayfield – thanks again to Dan and all who joined us – we will be back on ground level. The live whatsapp chat will be back as well for those who can’t join us on the streets but want to walk with us digitally.

The prompt for this month is simple and you are invited to make of it whatever you wish.

Let your wander be guided by your whims, instinct, spidey sense, intuition, heart, head, fancy or whatever you want to call your inner compass. As you wander look for the future, listen to the past and feel for international connections.

We will be meeting in Manchester at 2pm on Sunday 6th March outside the Star and Garter on Fairfield Street. Please try to be prompt as I don’t know which way we will be headed; as ever pace and direction will be determined by participants. I’ve chosen this location as several people wanted to explore the area, do let me know if you have a place you would like to loiter in over the coming months.

To join the whatsapp group for this walk – all welcome wherever you are and however you move, inside or out – please send your number to me by noon on Sunday. Don’t forget to include your name and international code if you are outside the UK. The twitter hashtag will be #Loiter @thelrm

For more information, or if you have any questions or comments please feel free to get in touch, by email mlrose@thelrm.org twitter @thelrm or text/whatsapp 07974929589. There is also our facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

Take care, and I hope to see you soon on the streets or a screen

with love and golden apples

Morag

Call for papers RGS-IGB conference 2022

Hello everyone

I appreciate this may not be relevant to many loiterers, but if you are interested in academic conferences you would be very welcome to submit an abstract. Please do get in touch if you have any questions

Call for papers


Walking Well? Stepping Through and Beyond The Pandemic

RGS-IGB Conference 30 August - 2 September 2022 Newcastle UK / online

Session Conveners: Dee Heddon (University of Glasgow) and Morag Rose (University of Liverpool)

This proposed interdisciplinary session seeks to pay close attention to how the Covid-19 pandemic changed walking habits in the UK and beyond. Lockdowns and other measures restricted mobilities in many ways, including at the everyday pedestrian level.  Emerging evidence suggests newfound appreciations of the affordances and joy in walking for some alongside serious tensions, contradictions and deepening inequalities in who walks where, when and how. Indicative suggestions for papers include, but are not limited to

  • How local or national legislation and prohibitions shaped walking during the pandemic
  • Walking alone and / or with friends, family, neighbours or in other groups
  • Barriers to walking and how they were impacted by the pandemic. These could include: structural inequalities, health, disability, caring responsibilities, experiences of harassment, fear, environmental and other factors
  • Community led initiatives such as window art trails and treasure hunts which emerged in response to the pandemic
  • Embodied and intersectional experiences of walking during Covid-19
  • Creative walking, exploration and walking art during Covid-19
  • How walking specific neighbourhoods, streets or other locations was transformed
  • Initiatives to encourage walking for physical health or mental well-being during the pandemic
  • Remote, distant, digital or online walking initiatives
  • The introduction of new / temporary pedestrian active travel infrastructure or obstacles
  • Walking as part of a work, volunteering or caring role
  • How walking could help build sustainability or aid recovery and resilience

We are inviting papers of approximately 15 minutes in length so there will be plenty of time for discussion. We welcome suggestions for alternative formats of presentation of a similar duration. Please let us know whether you plan to attend in person or would prefer to present virtually / online. At the moment we are planning a hybrid format but this will depend on participant’s preferences. We are committed to making our session as accessible as possible so please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your participation. Our definition of walking aims to be inclusive of all bodies and includes assistive technology such as wheelchairs, mobility scooters, sticks and orthotics. 

Please send an abstract of around 150 words to mlrose@liverpool.ac.uk by 5pm Tuesday 15th March including your organisational affiliation if you have one and your preference of in person or online participation.

Prompts and Update for February First Sunday

 

Hello everyone

As promised here is the First Sunday theme, this is for any and all loiterers to use whether or not you are able to join us at Mayfield. The in person event is now at capacity so apologise for those who wished to be there in person and couldn’t make it. (If this is you please do email me mlrose@thelrm.org in case of last minute returns or future opportunities)

I’m keeping the prompt simple and vague so you can adapt it wherever you are – indoor or out – and however you walk.

Follow a line. It could be in the landscape or something you have drawn on a map or a line that you make as you walk if you are using your senses to guide you. Walk your line as long as you fancy, then turn around and follow it back seeing what has changed since you set out.

If you seek a synchronous remote / online wander and a different perspective I heartily recommend Sonia Overall’s #DistantDrift on twitter @SoniaOverall 10am every Sunday

There’s an LRM zoom call on Tuesday 6pm for anyone who wants a chat https://liverpool-ac uk.zoom.us/j/93109219076?pwd=ZDYwd2JTdy9WbkdBbHQ5eXJSeXhVQT09  Meeting ID: 931 0921 9076 Passcode: @BV*YW.9  

Next month we will return to an un-ticketed  derive in Manchester and also using Whatapp for a live chat.

As ever any ideas for future explorations are very very welcome

Take care and I hope to wander with you soon

Morag x

February 2022 First Sunday a Mayfield Spectacular

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and so time to loiter.

This month we are doing something new, returning to a spot we last visited in 2010 under very different circumstances. For reasons I hope you understand we are taking the exceptional step of asking people to register in advance of the in-person walk, and the remote option will be asynchronous with a zoom call later in the week.

Friend of The LRM Dan Dubowitz has invited us to join him exploring the old Mayfield railway station site. The site is just on the cusp of major change so this opportunity felt too good not to share, plus I know many of us have admired Dan’s previous work, including the Ancoats Peeps.  https://www.dandubowitz.net/  I’ve been working with Dan recently and Mayfield is a fascinating area and it will be wonderful to explore with loiterers.  

As ever LRM First Sundays are free for everyone but for safety and security reasons we need to limit numbers, so please book a free ticket if you are coming for a wander at 2pm Sunday 6th February. The exploration will be convivial, self-guided and at participants pace. Afterwards we will gather for a blether and beverage.

The booking link is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lrm-first-sunday-mayfield-exploration-tickets-260964059527

PLEASE REGISTER FOR A RESERVE PLACE IF IT SAYS FULL; WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE.

We would appreciate it if you only register if you are genuinely intending to come and can arrive promptly at 2pm (we do realise last minute changes can happen) I will contact everyone on Saturday afternoon to confirm if you have a place and also to provide full details of the meeting place.  There is a lift up to the platform, and some slippery and uneven surfaces; if you have any specific access issues please get in touch.  We ask everyone to take good care of and respect, themselves, each other and their environment: basically don’t be an arse.

For Loiterers outside or unable to join us in Manchester I will also share some walking prompts for you to use wherever, however and wherever you wish on Sunday morning. There won’t be a live whatsapp chat because of the time difference, but I would love it if anyone uses the prompts share’s any photos with The LRM. I’ve also set up a zoom call, 6pm GMT on Tuesday 8th February for anyone that wants that connection Meeting ID: 931 0921 9076 Passcode: @BV*YW.9  https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93109219076?pwd=ZDYwd2JTdy9WbkdBbHQ5eXJSeXhVQT09

I hope to see you on the streets, screen or platforms soon. If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future First Sundays please get in touch as conversation is always welcome. You can email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text/whatsapp 07974929589. There is also a facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

Love and golden apples

Morag

PS Loiterers may also be interested in submitting an idea to the #WalkCreate The WalkBook: Recipes for Walking and WellBeing. Deadline is noon on 21st February and a £200 fee will be paid for successful recipes.

 

February 2022 First Sunday a Mayfield Spectacular

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and so time to loiter.

This month we are doing something new, returning to a spot we last visited in very different circumstances. For reasons I hope you understand we are taking the exceptional step of asking people to register in advance of the in-person walk, and the remote option will be asynchronous with a zoom call later in the week.

Friend of The LRM Dan Dubowitz has invited us to join him exploring the old Mayfield railway station site. The site is just on the cusp of major change so this opportunity felt too good not to share, plus I know many of us have admired Dan’s previous work, including the Ancoats Peeps.  https://www.dandubowitz.net/  I’ve been working with Dan recently and Mayfield is a fascinating area and it will be wonderful to explore with loiterers.  

As ever LRM First Sundays are free for everyone but for safety and security reasons we need to limit numbers, so please book a free ticket if you are coming for a wander at 2pm Sunday 6th February. The exploration will be convivial, self-guided and at participants pace. Afterwards we will gather for a blether and beverage.

The booking link is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lrm-first-sunday-mayfield-exploration-tickets-260964059527

PLEASE REGISTER FOR A RESERVE PLACE IF IT SAYS FULL; WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE.

We would appreciate it if you only register if you are genuinely intending to come and can arrive promptly at 2pm (we do realise last minute changes can happen) I will contact everyone on Saturday afternoon to confirm if you have a place and also to provide full details of the meeting place.  There is a lift up to the platform, and some slippery and uneven surfaces; if you have any specific access issues please get in touch.  We ask everyone to take good care of and respect, themselves, each other and their environment: basically don’t be an arse.

For Loiterers outside or unable to join us in Manchester I will also share some walking prompts for you to use wherever, however and wherever you wish on Sunday morning. There won’t be a live whatsapp chat because of the time difference, but I would love it if anyone uses the prompts share’s any photos with The LRM. I’ve also set up a zoom call, 6pm GMT on Tuesday 8th February for anyone that wants that connection Meeting ID: 931 0921 9076 Passcode: @BV*YW.9  https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/93109219076?pwd=ZDYwd2JTdy9WbkdBbHQ5eXJSeXhVQT09

I hope to see you on the streets, screen or platforms soon. If you have any questions, comments or ideas for future First Sundays please get in touch as conversation is always welcome. You can email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text/whatsapp 07974929589. There is also a facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”

Love and golden apples

Morag

PS Loiterers may also be interested in submitting an idea to the #WalkCreate The WalkBook: Recipes for Walking and WellBeing. Deadline is noon on 21st February and a £200 fee will be paid for successful recipes.

 

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