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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, September 02, 2006
    Books for the beach
    I will be holidaying by beaches - on previously unexplored south east Yorkshire shores and Lancashire's nuclear cockle coasts. And after that straight on to a little Dales village for a conference titled Cities of Culture: whose vision – which agenda? Perfect timing, post-Greenbelt, and the festival's influence is in my choice of reading / listening material which includes:

    Adrift in Caledonia; Boat-hitching for the Unenlightened by Nick Thorpe who kindly sent me a copy after hearing my talk and identifying me as a fellow-spirit;

    The Neophiliacs: Christopher Booker's masterful study of the revolution in English life in the fifties and sixties which has sat on my shelf for many, many years, but came back to life for me in Kester's lavish introduction to Booker's festival talk;

    Martin Wroe's The Sky's Window, a poem each morning to awaken the heart;

    and iPod files of the festival talks by Bill Drummond, Christopher Booker, Cole Moreton, Doug Gay, James Alison, John Davies, Kester Brewin, Michael Northcott, Nicola Slee, Norman Kember and Steve Turner.

    Add to that Shrinking Cities, a lengthy and fascinating compendium of urban studies, and Boy on Bicycle, my friend Jim's collection of the best of his journals describing his amazing cycle journeys around Britain as a teenager. A wealth of good writing.

    So no more blogs for a while; but likely to be writing about some of this stuff on my return...