All Hail Thee O Allerton Oak

Five miles south of the centre of Liverpool lies Calderstones Park, a beautifully maintained urban park and gardens and formerly the grounds of Harthill and Calderstones Houses.

The park contains the remarkable living record of a far earlier moment in the city’s history. An ancient sessile oak tree (Quercus petraea) which is likely to date from……


The Death of Anton Webern

Composer Anton Webern was killed in tragic circumstances in 1945. The words that follow, in serialist construction, emerged from an interesting process that sought to glimpse the moment and method of his untimely passing away.


Night, Boreray

Forty one miles west of the Outer Hebrides lies the ancient archipelago of St Kilda, the remotest corner of Europe and home to the most important breeding site for seabirds in the UK.

There are no inhabitants, the last community of St Kildans having been evacuated in the 1930s.

For those unacquainted by the islands I would……


Kildan Olivine Gabbro

The outer beauty of the St Kilda is secretly matched on a microscopic scale. For all the monumental drama of the ancient archipelago, there is a corresponding unseen dance of crystalline minerals, beautifully frozen in time by the fiery labours of the Eocene period.