Julia

Bolton’s Whitman on Walls

On May 28th 2022, the classic art deco lecture hall in Bolton’s Library hosted a unique event based on a collaboration between American and local academics, poets, historians and musicians, all brought together to celebrate their shared passion for the great American poet, Walt Whitman. Having heard about the Bolton Whitmanites and the annual walk

Love from Worktown

This year’s anthology of poems from Live from Worktown is on the theme of love and is appropriately being launched on Valentine’s Day. I was asked if I had any suitable photographs that would work in the book, so I’m pleased to say that this shot of a new, unfurling fern in the shape of

West Pennines Calendar 2022

Following on from the Lakeland charity calendar I produced last year, I’ve decided to create one for 2022 too. As our successive lockdowns have meant I’ve stayed closer to home in the last couple of years, I feel I’ve got to know almost every inch of my local moors, so this calendar features some of

Open Space – Autumn 2021

Open Space is the quarterly magazine produced by the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest conservation body that campaigns to maintain everyone’s rights in England and Wales to enjoy public land including commons, greens and paths. Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the charity organisation, was one of the keynote speakers launching the commemorative walk on the

Night Climbin’

Forget night clubbing’, night climbing is the thing to do as the dark evenings draw in! One September evening, I’d been taking photos of Wilton Quarry at sunset from a favourite vantage point that overlooks a distinctive promontory of rock called the Prow. As I’d had the best of the blue hour light, I was

Wilton Fest 2021

I got to know the nearby Wilton Quarries through Lockdown of 2020. In the first tranche, when the quarries were completely empty, I saw the new shoots of spring fill the quarry in places where climbers might have been if not for the pandemic. By summer, when restrictions had eased slightly, I witnessed climbers return

Winter Hill 125 Commemorative Walk

Along the path of peaceful protest I’d been looking forward to this event since I first heard about it earlier this year. As an avid walker and firm believer of our rights to access the countryside, I just couldn’t miss out on the 125th anniversary celebrations of the 1896 Mass Trespass walk from Bolton to

Selected Climbs and Bouldering in Wilton Quarries

Winter Hill has to be one of my most photographed landscapes so I’m always pleased when someone picks out one of my shots and this particular image has been selected by David Price, the author of Selected Climbs and Bouldering in Wilton Quarries. Published just a few weeks ago, I’m delighted to have my very

Remember when . . . ?

. . . we’d only wear masks for fancy dress, when socialising was just so free and easy and when you could walk straight into a shop, supermarket, pub, restaurant, museum, gallery (or indeed any public venue) without a thought or a care in the world? It’s a year on since Boris’ life-changing address to

Poetry from the Platform 2021

I’m pleased to say that this rather unassuming photo has been chosen as the basis for an illustration in a recently published anthology of poetry resulting from a collaboration between the Bolton Station Community Partnership and Live from Worktown. Starting out as an idea to bring in the local arts community to help make Bolton