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May First Sunday: #DistanceDrift with Sonia Overall

Dear friends, lovers and fellow loiterers
TL;DR 10am Sunday we will walk together with Sonia Overall
How are you feeling today?
 
It feels really hard to start conversations with you at the moment, not a problem I often encounter, but to say I hope this finds you well sounds trite and all the lines I usually cherish just seem trite. I wonder how you are feeling. I’ve been oscillating between all the emotions it seems; today I yearned for people and places, felt deep sorrow at viral devastation, rage at political lies, self-pity I'm not home, terror at news images, joy at sunshine and sparrows, wonder at rediscovering lost photos, guilt I'm not more useful, luck at my circumstances, love for so many dear ones, hope we can make a more equitable and sustainable future and sorrow I’ve missed the first flourishing of goslings on the canal and that moment when the Paulownia trees in St Peters Square look as beautiful as their promise (did I say day? that's just the last hour....)
 
I’m sharing this because at the heart of psychogeography is emotion, and space, and connecting dots to find hidden truths and tell new stories. This is something we can still do wherever we are, inside or out, using windows or feet or wheels or beds or books. We’ve always strived to make loitering as accessible, diverse and welcoming as we can, and there’s still lots to learn, but we will find a (contradictory and doubtless winding) path through. The places we love are still there, waiting, holding, making space. When we find them they will be changed of course but so too are we.
 
I am glad its First Sunday and so, as we always do, those that fancy a bit of psychogeography will wander and wonder together. Of course we are still walking together alone but the advantage is that means loiterers beyond Manchester can join us – last month was fantastic and wide roaming – and so the experiments continue. One of the few bright spots in the gloom is how remote walking means we are able to join with friends who are not able to join us in Manchester on a First Sunday, and this increased connection to our cybermembers will I hope be a lasting legacy. For May I am delighted our expedition will be facilitated by Sonia Overall, one of my favourite walking artists and writers (some of you may recall we have used her beautiful drift deck to guide us in the past). Sonia has been organising a #DistanceDrift on twitter every Sunday at 10am for a while and I am looking forward to learning what she will share with us. To join in here is what you need to do:
 
1) Be ready to drift, however and wherever you are able, at 10am BST this Sunday 3rdMay
 
2) The prompt will be shared at 10am by the following means and you are warmly invited to share what you see, hear, smell and dream on your walk with us by whichever of the channels you choose:

twitter @SoniaOverall and @TheLRM
#DistanceDrift

whatsapp (this is where I will mostly be) to join the group conversation please let me have a number, including international code, if you are outside the UK by emailing mlrose@thelrm.org or texting 07974929589 or dm me on facebook before 9.30 Sunday

facebook group “the loiterers resistance movement”
NB I will not have access to update the website at 10am, if you struggle or refuse to access other methods please email or text me and I will do my best to find a way
 
3) Asynchronised walkers are of course welcome too as are secret and anonymous drifters, but we really do appreciate it when you share your experience
 
Please do remember to take care and keep safe. Most importantly of course this means social distancing and walking alone or with household members – the flaneur never existed but we are all flaneurs now.
Forgive me repeating myself but this is crucial: The LRM still firmly believe that “The Streets Belong to Everyone” although we can’t share them physically right now. Our withdrawal is an act of care and communality so please do not be an arse on Sunday or any day. We send love and strength to everybody who is working outside caring, caretaking, providing for us and doing other essential work, I know this includes many excellent loiterers. Thank you. Those of us able to do so fully recognise our privilege in being able to make a tactical retreat inside”.
 
If anyone has any thoughts or ideas for future walks together please get in touch, ideas for different tech always welcome too. This month I am also started a new postal project as well so if you fancy loitering by your letterbox you are luck. More soon
 
Take care
Love and golden apples
Morag

Today's Script

Here is the text of the script by Blake Morris which we will walk today together and alone
https://thisisnotaslog.com/20-52
 
" A Walk Around The Block.
I take my inspiration from the streets.
Merrie England Solitary
Walkers Recasting Romantic walking practices 'to the agitation and unrest of our times'
A movement into An unknowable future I'm more than a street fighter than a Roman scholar"
Text is fragments pasted on a photo of two smiling children on a rug near a fire
To join the live WhatsApp group and walk with us at 2pm please let me have your number by 12.30. More details https://tinyurl.com/slq2vhy
 
As ever please contact me by email mlrose@thelrm.org twitter @thelrm facebook "loiterers resistance movement" or sms/ whats app 079 749 29589

2020 Walking Alone Together April's First Sunday

   

Dear friends, loiterers and fellow wanderers
I hope this finds you as OK as anyone can be in these difficult and troubling times.
 
As you know The LRM gather on the First Sunday of every month to walk creatively together, make connections, engage with our environment and ask some difficult questions about public space. Our community has always been disparate, diverse and constantly evolving and so we want to carry on walking together in new, different ways. As we’ve said so often before simply walking together shouldn’t be radical and it isn’t ever enough but it’s something and to get through this crisis we will need imagination, empathy and most of all each other.
 
Obviously we can not carry on as normal (I have always hated that word, that concept but suddenly it becomes useful). Searching for a way to walk alone, together, I’ve been talking to my friend and fellow walking artist Blake Morris. Last week we walked together on his sunrise walks and now we’re going to join his project 52 scores where he follows a weekly walking score made of scraps of paper https://thisisnotaslog.com/52-Scores-1 The full score won’t be revealed until tomorrow – Saturday – so check the link above and we will also post it here too.
 
Here’s how to walk with us: At 2pm BST Sunday 5th April I will be at home in Manchester and will begin a walk guided by Blake’s score. He will be doing the same in Northampton and we invite you to join us wherever you are. Although I haven’t seen it all yet I know the first line of the script and I hope you will forgive the spoiler its “A Walk Round The Block.” You can interpret this however you desire – that block could be your bed or sofa or portion of street or a location on google earth, whatever is most appealing and appropriate to you (see the very important points below)
 
We hope you will check in and connect with us as you wander. Blake and I will be walking together, alone, on whatsapp and to join our walk in progress chat please send me your number in advance (by noon on Sunday please) so I can add you to the conversation. My number is 079 749 29589 You can also share your walk by twitter (please @thelrm or add # loiter) or on facebook (the group is The Loiterers Resistance Movement) or email mlrose@thelrm.org but obviously responses to these methods will be asynchronous.

Of course you can just loiter in secret but we really would love to know if you are with us. I anticipate the walk will last approximately an hour but as ever the pace and duration will be decided collectively. (Hopefully at least one of these technologies works for you, any suggestions to improve access would be most welcome as this is not my strong point. We will also be launching a psychogeographical postcard project very soon to overcome a reliance on screens). This First Sunday is an experiment, well even more experimental than usual, so please be patient if there are wobbles and missed connections, we are all doing the best we can
 
A few very important points
Please remember to keep safe and follow the latest reliable health information re Covid-19. Local circumstances may differ so please check your latest advice, In the UK at the moment guidance states as long as you are well it is perfectly fine to go for a walk (irebranded as your daily permissible exercise) but you must maintain social distancing rules. This means going alone – we are all quasi-flaneurs now – apart from members of your household. You must maintain 2 metres / 6 foot distance from anyone else so please be extra considerate and alert to other people and the need to share space. Wash your hands thoroughly, carefully, properly afterwards and be very mindful of touching surfaces when out and about. You may wish to wear a mask and gloves.
 
If you, or any of your household, are shielding, self isolating, in quarantine or have any symptoms of COVID-19 DO NOT leave your sanctuary. This derive can be conducted indoors, in dreamspace or online; whichever is safest, most appropriate and appealing to you. We welcome anyone, anywhere who is respectful of others, but this is not the time to take risks. (We fully appreciate the need to mindful of emerging civil liberty issues and will doubtless focus on these at a future date but that challenge is not for The LRM right now.)
 
We are loiterers and this has always implied a critique of speed, ruthless efficiency and the seemingly endless urge to be productive despite the background hum of anxiety. If you don’t fancy wandering on Sunday be assured, this invitation is an open one for whenever you feel able. We applaud rest and self-care. Concerns about the demise and relevance of psychogeography have been confounded once again by the pandemic. Much attention is being given to hyper-local, super attentive walking, powerlines are being uncovered, disrupted, public space is being reconfigured, the everyday is transformed and the world is turned upside down. I should probably be rush writing a crass academic hot take on this but I can’t, won’t, whilst my heart aches
 
The LRM still firmly believe that “The Streets Belong to Everyone” although we can’t share them physically right now. Our withdrawal is an act of care and communality so please do not be an arse on Sunday or any day. We send love and strength to everybody who is working outside caring, caretaking, providing for us and doing other essential work, I know this includes many excellent loiterers. Thank you. Those of us able to do so fully recognise our privilege in being able to make a tactical retreat inside.
 
I hope to see you on the streets again sometime soon, and in the meantime please feel free to get in touch with questions, comments or if you just fancy a blether. If you have any suggestions for next months First Sunday also please do holler, you can find me by any of the methods above and in the meanting I’ll be sharing various psychogeographical resources so please do keep in touch.
 
With love, solidarity and golden apples
Morag xx
 
PS

You might also find these excellent folk worth spending some time with:
The Walking Artists Network Jiscmail list have been sharing various creative walking ideas https://www.walkingartistsnetwork.org/
Phil Smiths words are as pertinent and inspiring as ever https://www.triarchypress.net/virus.html
We Shall Overcome have organised a fantastic virtual festival next Saturday https://weshallovercomeweekend.com/2020/03/18/isolation-fest-2020-virtual-festival/
 
 

April 2020 First Sunday: Walking Alone Together

Hello friends, 

Just a placeholder. There WILL be a walk for First Sunday in this strange social distant days, although obviously it will not be  "normal" as we cant meet.... Full details tomorrow, but be ready 2pm BST Sunday wherever you are xx

March First Sunday

First Sunday, This Sunday and so the perfect time for some curious, collective wanders exploring Manchester #psychogeography.

Find us 2pm 1.3.20 in Sackville Gardens near the Turing statue. All welcome + free because the streets belong to everyone. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or need more info. The pace + direction is made up as we go along..... We'll leave the park at 2.15 and see where the fancy takes us, having a blether and a brew at the end to share stories. I hope to see you on the streets xx

February 2020 First Sunday

First Sunday This Sunday and we will be starting 2pm 2nd February in All Saints Park, Oxford Road, because I realise with some surprise we have never actually started there before. Our wanders will be guided using an undated version of an old favourite derive prompt. As ever all are welcome and its free to come and play with us. The walk will be at a pace, and direction, decided by participants and will probably head off in different directions.... It will last around 2 hours, please be punctual because we don't know where we will go and so you may not find us. I'll be near the stone circle in the middle of the park. If you have any questions or comments or need more information please don't hesitate to get in touch by commenting on the facebook page, emailing mlrose@thelrm.org or tweeting @thelrm

First First Sunday Wander of 2020

Hello dearhearts and fellow travellers
It's First Sunday this Sunday and so we will, as is customary, greet the new year with a wander and a wonder. Please join me and whoever else turns up at 2pm, 5th January, at Greengate Square Salford.
 
 
We'll be there for 10 minutes or so before embarking on a metaphysical treasure hunt. All are welcome to join us, and, because the streets belong to everyone, it is of course free to anyone who fancies some Manchester and Salford flavoured psychogeography. The direction and pace of the walk will be divined collectively and we will finish somewhere suitable for all for a brew and blether. Because I don't know where we will be going please be punctual or risk not finding us!
 
If you have any questions or need more information please feel free to email mlrose@thelrm.org or comment on the facebook group "the loiterers resistance movement". If you are on twitter @thelrm has more frequent news and updates as well; I'm aiming to share more words and pictures from my derives there.
 
In 2020 I'm remaking my resolution to keep walk carefully, curiously and creatively and move on towards the city of my dreams, it would be splendid to share the journey with you
 
with love and golden apples
 
Morag x

Decembers First Sunday

Greetings dear friends and fellow loiterers
 
First Sunday This Sunday and we will be gathering for our last wander of the year. The location has been chosen by request, we also explored the area at night last month and we will be marking change in our own curious way.
 
Please join us this Sunday, December 1st, starting 2pm in Cutting Room Square Ancoats.
 
For those who wish to join us for the first time or just fancy a refresher here's some useful info. Our walks are always free and everyone is welcome. The pace and direction is set by participants according to their needs and desires. This is NOT a guided tour but a psychogeographical exploration and experiment in creative walking with interesting folk.
We move through the city together so please come prepared to navigate the urban environment. Walks last a maximum of 2 hours and finish somewhere where we can have a chat and share travellers tales.
If you have any questions, specific access requirements or need more information please do get in touch mlrose@thelrm.org twitter @thelrm or on our facebook group "the loiterers resistance movement." I hope to see you on the streets soon With love and golden apples
Morag xx

Novembers First Sunday and PSPO Update / Call for Help

First Sunday This Sunday.... and we will be with lots of other creative wanderers at Walkings New Movement in Plymouth. So instead we will meet for a mid week night time derive.....
 
Join us 7pm Wednesday November 6th in Cutting Room Square Ancoats. Please try and be prompt as we will be moving on by 7.10 and I can't share a route because I don't know where we will be going..... As ever our walk will be free and open to all. For more information please see twitter @thelrm or email mlrose@thelrm.org
 
At the heart of The LRM is the belief the streets belong to everyone and we want to make Manchester a more interesting, equal and compassionate place. Although we are not party political, and know there are a lot of huge issues that need tackling, we also pay close attention to the everyday and so I’ve been actively involved in campaigns against Public Space Protection Orders.
 
The proposals for a Central Manchester PSPO are going to the Equality and Scrutiny Committee on 7th November. Many people believe this is an inhumane and ineffective piece of legislation that will criminalise homeless people. More details on why we want to stop this can be found via the Greater Manchester Law Centre https://www.gmlaw.org.uk/2019/09/27/we-need-you-take-a-stand-against-the-pspo-on-10th-october/and GMHA (Greater Manchester Housing Action) http://www.gmhousingaction.com/including my views here http://www.gmhousingaction.com/the-pspo-who-is-manchester-for/
We are asking you to please take a stand. These are the simple but effective actions you can take that we really believe can make a difference.
 
1) Email members of the scrutiny committee and / or your local councillors to tell them you oppose the PSPO. Here is a list of the committee members: https://democracy.manchester.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=149 Please use your own words. It doesn’t have to be a long email but please try to give at least one reason why you think the PSPO is a bad idea. There is lots of information on the GMHA and Law Centre websites you can use, or have a look at the letter below.
 
2) If you are part of an organisation, community or faith group or suchlike please sign this open letter https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Enh8FFu8QNc7RfqpY6F3KfkYyBN3ceeUI4Vk40MgPdQ/edit to show your opposition to the plans by Saturday 2nd as we will be publishing it on Sunday 3rd
 
3) If possible please come to the Scrutiny Committee meeting 2-4pm on Thursday November 7th in Manchester Town Hall. It would be helpful if you could email Rachel McKeon who is the officer responsible for the meeting just so we are in a big enough room. Details are here: https://democracy.manchester.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=149
 
There is an excellent chance we can stop this happening, please do help if you can
I hope to see you on the streets soon, with love and golden apples
Morag Rose xx

Octobers First Sunday

Hello friends and fellow loiterers

As promised here are details of Octobers First Sunday, actually happening on the Second Sunday because, well, we like to make things up as we go along....

We will be meeting 11am outside Fred Aldous on Stephenson Square for a performative, participartory wander and wonder. Its part of the Social Surfaces Festival and is as ever free and open to all. For information about the rest of the weekend, including walks, talks and films see 

http://socialsurfaces.co.uk/
 
The website is not usually the best way to find out about The LRM events, please see twitter @thelrm, the loiterers resistance movement group on facebook or email mlrose@thelrm.org to find out more
 
See you on the streets
 
Love
Morag x
 

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