This is a transcript of another Twitter conversation between @rattlecans and the poet Martin Daws.  It stemmed from my tweet, which reflected Martin’s call for paid artists in place of multi-million pound art centres.  I asked: “Instead of a £50m art venue, a city could pay 200 artists £25k a year for 10 years to work with communities; do what they want. READ MORE

This is a (slightly edited) transcript of a Twitter conversation which stemmed from the guest blog by @Rattlecans entitled Old Space Taken.  The conversation is about memories of living on council estates and anger at what’s happened since…

THEY HAVE HEDGES – WE GET FENCES

Ian:                    This is good http://colouringinculture.org/blog/oldspacetakenREAD MORE

I received this letter from Richard Parry as a comment to my blog post entitled SHHH, BE QUIET! (Reflective prose about library closures, Arts Council England & middle-class asset stripping.)  Richard has been researching the arts organisation V22 for some time (as have I).  His letter which he has agreed to publish as a blog post here instead of a comment is the result of his research and relates to a number of Freedom of Information requests he has made to Arts Council England.READ MORE

This is a guest post by @Rattlecans – an outspoken voice on Twitter who I very much respect.  Written in 2012, it’s a re-blog from The Ragged University project.  The original can be found hereOld Space Taken is about a once-strong community, now lost.  Powerful and personal, it’s a must read.READ MORE

This is my attempt to reflect upon the closure of libraries in the UK under a rainbow cloak of austerity provided by propaganda from the Arts Council England…  Rough and straight off the page…


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SHHH, BE QUIET!

 

Books.

Tattered, battered,

Drawn upon.

Pages infuriatingly missing.

 

Plastic armour

Protected them.READ MORE