23 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Great Money Trick

The Great Money Trick (Performed with Matches) Hello and welcome to my company, I’m going to be serious, I hope you will allow me; I’m here to explain how you get your money: This is serious, it won’t be funny – A lesson about profit and how you ...

12 Dec 2019 | Radical Stroud

Join Labour’s Digital Spread

Join the Digital Army Speak and Write the Truth I grew up in a working-class Tory household, A Daily Express household, So, I know the mindset: Deference and false consciousness: ‘Gawd bless ya, Mr Scrooge’; A generation after A Christmas Carol,...

11 Nov 2019 | Radical Stroud

Prehistory: Why is it so entrancing?

Circles without Class Ceilings Why can prehistory be so entrancing? Why do some people find prehistory so entrancing? Why do they become so spellbound When walking by, let’s say, a long barrow? How do they become so transported in time and space? ...

11 Nov 2019 | Radical Stroud

Prehistory and Wormholes of Time

As the traffic rumbles past on Cotswold roads, It’s hard to hear the chip of stone on flint, Or the croak of corvids with their blood-drip beaks, Or the breaking of the bones of a skeleton, Or smell the rotting flesh on the capstone, Or taste the ...

05 Mar 2019 | Radical Stroud

Oakridge Walk February 23rd 2019

‘When vapours rolling down a valley Made a lonely scene more lonesome’, Wrote Wordsworth in The Prelude – Well, we weren’t lonely, a group of ten Walking through early morning mists and fog, Discussing enclosure of Oakridge common land, A death-t...

28 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

A Swindon Town Great War Pilgrimage

A Swindon Town Remembrance Pilgrimage We must have numbered a football team, Umbrellas unfurled at the cenotaph, Where we spoke of Walter Tull and Spurs, And Swindon Town and Northampton Town Footballers who fell in the Great War - The rain provi...

06 Sep 2018 | Radical Stroud

For the Love of a Chartist

PRESS RELEASE FOR THE LOVE OF A CHARTIST STROUD THEATRE FESTIVAL Chartism was a working class movement of the 1830s and 40s that wanted to establish democracy in the country, at a time when only the aristocracy and middle class men had the vote. It...

19 Aug 2018 | Radical Stroud

Chip Shop Walk

Chip Shop Hop A group of us gathered at the corner Bath Road and Frome Park Road, initially in search of the legendary Rodborough Chip Machine http://radicalstroud.co.uk/the-face-that-launched-thousand-chips/ We then flexibly followed the score fr...

30 May 2018 | Radical Stroud

Synchronised Global Walking May 12th 2018

It was May the 12th, 2018, Synchronised walking was happening all over the globe Via a shared urban score: ‘Cities tend to start in the middle and spread outwards, thinning as they go… a familiar phenomenology … in the middle of things. But where ...

25 Apr 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Yin And Yang Of Football

It has been said that football is a religion. It is true that for many attending a match can seem like a religious experience. The blind faith that one day your team will reach the promised land (of the Premiership), the sense of belonging, the passion...

08 Apr 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Best Goal I Ever Scored

Alas! George Bowling and George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air: the spot where I scored my best ever goal is now a housing estate. The Best Goal I Ever Scored It must have been 1965, We were having a lunchtime kick-about. ‘It’s Good News Week’ by Hedge...

25 Mar 2018 | Radical Stroud

Inprint Eulogy

The Inprint shop and building in the High Street in Stroud, Resembles nothing so much as something out of Dickens, An Old Curiosity Shop, Defying straight lines of logic: A seeming hexagonal structure, With Wemmick-like turrets at the top; The sh...

21 Mar 2018 | Radical Stroud

Fractal Light Show at St. Laurence’s

They met by a sacred oak tree: The Celtic-British church delegates, And Laurence and Augustine from Rome; A sacred oak near to a great river near here: At Cricklade on the River Thames perhaps, Or Arlingham on the River Severn; The wind soughed t...

26 Feb 2018 | Radical Stroud

Terminalia Festival February 23rd 2018

Well that was a walk, that was, For we explored boundaries, Spatial, temporal, linguistic, social, spiritual, rational, By exploring Jon Seagrave’s Stroud map of the subjective, Of the emotional and the affective, Rather than the conventional topo...