The Loiterers Resistance Movement


First Sunday This Sunday

February 1, 2018

Blimey! Its that special time again... Its First Sunday this Sunday and wanderers of all flavours are welcome to assemble 2pm February 4th Cutting Room Square, Ancoats for a convivial, creative walk. Come + experience The LRM way

CFP: RGS-IGB 2018 Desire Lines, Dawdles and Drifts: Walking Together as Research Tool

January 17, 2018
Call for participation at the RGS-IGB 2018 Conference, Cardiff, 28th-31st August 2018
Desire Lines, Dawdles and Drifts: Walking Together As Research Tool
Sponsored by Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRg)
There is a growing body of geographical research that uses walking together as a research, teaching and learning tool. For example, Bates and Rhys-Taylor (2017), Warren (2016) and Evans and Jones (2011) all demonstrate various ways walking can help break down hierarchies and encourage rich conversations about the environment. Wider bodies of work on walking art and psychogeography indicate methods that are playful, subversive, multi-sensory, interdisciplinary, fluid and performative (Smith, 2015, Richardson, 2015 and The Walking Artists Network online).  This call is for anyone who uses – or who would like to use - walking as a way to explore, critically engage with, and understand space and place.
PyGyRg are sponsoring two sessions on pedestrian methods at The RGS-IGB conference 2018. The first is a conventional paper session which offers a chance to share research and be inspired by the potential of pedestrian methods. Contributions are invited from anyone using walking as a research tool in their work. This could include (but is not limited to)‚Äč:
• How walking methods critically engage with and interrogate the environment
• Innovations, issues and debates around walking methodologies
• Contemporary psychogeographies and their relationship to the academy
• Activist, community and creative walking and mapping practice
• Walking pedagogy, its benefits, risks and ethics
The second session aims to put theory into practice with an exploration of the landscape around the conference centre. Walking artists, activists and academics are invited to provide prompts for creative walking to be used by small groups. They will to go for an autonomous wander at their own pace and after an hour or so will reconvene to share field-notes and experiences. This is actively participatory geography and our walking includes sticks, wheels, orthotics and other mobility aids. We want these sessions to be accessible and welcoming to anyone who wishes to join in and will strive to facilitate an inclusive and diverse conference experience.
Please send an abstract of around 250 words to Morag Rose, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, The University of Sheffield by 12 noon, Wednesday 14th February 2018. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments or need more information. I would appreciate if you could forward this call for participation to anyone who you feel may be interested. Details about the conference can be found here:
Bates, C., & Rhys-Taylor, A. (eds) (2017). Walking through social research. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Evans, J., & Jones, P. (2011). The walking interview: methodology, mobility and place. Applied Geography, 31(2), 849–858.  doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2010.09.005
Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG)
Richardson, T. (Ed.). (2015). Walking inside out: contemporary British psychogeography. London, UK: Rowman and Littlefield International
Smith, P. (2015). Walking’s new movement. Charmouth, UK: Triarchy Press
Warren, S. (2016). Pluralising the walking interview: researching (im)mobilities with Muslim women. Social & Cultural Geography, 1–22. doi: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1228113
Walking Artist’s Network

First First Sunday of 2018

January 4, 2018
Dear friends and fellow loiterers
Its First Sunday, This Sunday and the start of another year of First Sunday explorations. Everyone is welcome to join us for a wander as we use creative walking and psychogeography to connect with Manchester in new and interesting ways. 
This month we will be meeting at Albert Square, near the entrance to the Town Hall, at 2pm on Sunday, 7th January.  Our exploration will be twofold as we search for remnants of past festivities and portents for future events. I can’t predict the direction our walk will take as we won’t be following a prescribed route so please try and be prompt as otherwise I can’t promise you will be able to find us! Generally we play out for around two hours and will finish somewhere warm for a drink and discussion about what we have discovered.
There’s some exciting stuff planned for The LRM in 2018, including a very special new performance walk, trips out of the city centre as suggested by members, and a few surprises. We’d also like to renew our invitation for folk to facilitate First Sundays. If you have any thoughts on walks you would like to make happen we would love to walk with you (but please remember this is not a local history group and we don’t want traditional tours, however well done they maybe).
If you need any more information or have any questions, comments or ideas please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either leave a comment below or email
Wishing everyone a wonderful 2018
With love and golden apples
Morag xx

December Derive 2017

December 2, 2017

Dear friends and fellow wanderers

apologies for the late notice but its first sunday tomorrow. we will be meeting 2pm outside Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, for a wintery wander and all our welcome to join us

thanks for another year of inspiring explorations xx

November Derive

November 2, 2017

Remember, remember the fifth of November.... its a First Sunday this year and we'll be almost following the semi fictional footsteps of Guy Fawkes by exploring Salford Quays. We'll aim to get to Harbour City Tram Stop at 2pm (will wait till about 2.15 before we move on because public transport!). If you want to travel with other loiterers we will get the first tram after 1.30 from St Peters Square. All very welcome, please note the email on our website isnt working so if you have any questions or need to get in touch please do so here or email Cheers x

October wanders

October 12, 2017

Friday the 13th derive... please meet us tomorrow 6pm outside urbis / the football museum for a wander. All welcome, and as always the walk will be a free, autonomous and self determined drift, provocing new ways to feel the city. Hope to see you there. will be back to actual First Sunday in November, cheers M x

October 2017 First Sunday

September 29, 2017

First Sunday, This Sunday and we want to show solidarity with the wonderful WE SHALL OVERCOME 2017 and the many interesting and useful ways folk are engaging with the Tory Party Conference in Manchester this weekend (please feel free to share events in the comments). We know lots of Loiterers are involved with amazing stuff and heartily support you all and therefore we'll be enjoying one our occasional temporal shimmies. First Sunday derive will be shifting to the evening of Friday 13th October with more details to follow soon. If anyone has anywhere they are particularly keen to explore please do get in touch, especially if you arent usually able to join us on a First Sunday.

September events

August 28, 2017


September brings a bumper crop of psychogeographical shenanigans.

For First Sunday, This Sunday we’ll be embarking on one of our occasional twilight wanders. Meet us at the Engels statue in Tony Wilson Place at 7pm on Sunday 4th September (and yes that probably is the most absurd sounding address within the peoples republic of Mancunia).

The following week we’ll be off exploring Yorkshire. The 4th World Congress of Psychogeographers is meeting again in Huddersfield 8-10th September and their details are here:  Proving we are crap Situationists as ever we send convivial greetings and respect to all flavours of psychogeography. I’m blethering on the Friday and enjoying other folks ideas the rest of the time

Tuesday 12th September I’ve convened a series of papers “More Than Pedestrian: Pyschogeographies, Creative Walking and Spatial Justice” as part of the RC21 Rethinking Global Urban Justice Conference at Leeds University. If you’ve not registered for the conference but would like to come to these sessions please let me know because you should be able to drop in. I’m really excited by the variety and quality of speakers. Here’s the programme:

38.1  9:00 - 10:45 Traversing Histories
Walking the Debris Field of the Halifax Explosion  - Barbara Lounde 
Psychogeography’s Other Genesis: Asger Jorn’s Anti-Euclidean Geometry and the Science of Space - Christopher Collier
Displacement Activities: A translocational approach to transgressive heritage  - Simon Bradley Artists mapping cities: The influence of the SI in contemporary practices  Gloria Lanci

11.15 -1.00pm The Art of Walking
A Different Line Made by Walking – Ian Trowell
Reimagining place: Creative Walking, Writing and Reading – Sonia Overall
Diversions: Being a Pedestrian in London – Jan van Duppen
[25] Pockets of [….] an interpersonal derive – Victor Buehring

14.00 – 15.45 Beyond Desire Lines
Entangled Narratives, Concernful Dealings: Bringing Leeds Terminalia to Osaka through Creative Walking  - Gareth Morris Jones, Tim WatersHipsters Explained With Cultural Materialism: A New Psychogeographical Approach to Urban Subcultural Legacies - David Wilkinson 
How to Use Gay Nazis in Job Interviews: Precarious Facebook, Queer Derive and Austerity-age Horror - Alexandros Papadopoulos 
The Female Cairene Walker: Everyday Radical Remapping of City and Body - Sara Fakhry Ismail

It would be wonderful to see you, please get in touch if you need more information. Email twitter @thelrm or find us on facebook

love and golden apples


Augusts First Sunday

August 3, 2017

First Sunday, This Sunday and because its a year since Loitering With Intent (!) we will be retracing our footsteps to see what has changed*

Meet us 2pm outside People's History Museum Sunday 6th August. I wholeheartedly suggest getting there earlier for a look round, we will be off by 2.10. All welcome, and because the streets belong to everyone it is of course free. Issues around public/private space in Spinningfields means the rhetoric is not strictly true of course, but is nothing to stop folk wandering, wondering and chatting with us. Incidentally it is very clear photography is also "allowed" by CityCo; doubtless this will be discussed further at some point.

Anyway, please join us for some convivial, enlightening and legal psychogeographical mooching. If you need any more information please just ask

*OK: its a derive and we didn't record our exact route, we will however start and finish in the same place and see what feels different in between

July First Sunday and a Musical Treat

June 29, 2017

Its First Sunday, this Sunday and we’ve listened to calls to get out of the city so this month we are embarking on a psychogeographical adventure in Stockport.

We’ll start in Mersey Square at 2pm, Sunday 2nd July, and aim to be off deriving by 2.15. I’m going to get the most magic of all Manchester buses, the 192, and will get the first one to leave Manchester Picccadilly after 1.30. I appreciate the vagaries of public transport but hopefully this will work…. If anyone cant find me please feel free to get in touch 07974929589 (or as ever, in advance of the walk or @thelrm)

The derive will last about 2 hours and we’ll find somewhere for a convivial drink afterwards before heading home. Here’s a bit of inspiration from Christian Nolds marvellous emotion map: was delighted to feature this in last years exhibition at Peoples History Museum

I’m also really delighted to be hosting a very special gig this month, Chris Miils, one of my favourite musicians playing is an exclusive Northern gig with superb support from Sophia Marshall and good friend of the loiterers @quiet loner. It would be wonderful to see you there. Tickets are here:

Hope to see you soon,

Love and golden apples


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