30 Nov 2018 | Jack Lowe

Landscape Surgery: Literary Geographies

I originally wrote and published this post on the Landscape Surgery blog of the Social, Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Landscape Surgery is a fortnightly seminar ...

24 Sep 2018 | Jack Lowe

The Timekeeper’s Return: The Reveal

It’s finally time to talk about what I’ve been spending nearly all of my days working on since early July, and it feels fantastic, because I have some very exciting news to share.On 20th October, the opening day of the Canterbury Festival, a mixed-real...

31 Jul 2018 | Jack Lowe

Life Update, July/August 2018

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a ‘Life Update’ post on this blog that told of the trials and tribulations I had undergone since the end of 2016, when I started the process of applying for funding to do a PhD. I explained how I successfully received...

28 Feb 2018 | Jack Lowe

Unfinished Cities: Canterbury

It was a grey Saturday afternoon in September, and I was walking into Canterbury city centre. Heading to the public library in an attempt to get some work done, I took my usual route from Canterbury East train station: crossing the grassy oasis of the...

31 Jan 2018 | Jack Lowe

Exhume

They’ve capped the shaftsTo the mines of hell Rust and brick remain Empty shellNew houses spring upAt the roadsideFresh plots at the graveyardFilled, in time I crouch at the graveside Your stone cage ‘Forever in our hearts’ Words worn away Those untold...

30 Nov 2017 | Jack Lowe

Spirits of Adisham

It’s 7.45 am, misty and fresh. On the rocky, inclining path towards the train station, a procession of gaunt commuters and schoolkids plod in sequence, tiredly brushing off the spider webs clinging to their faces from the bordering hedgerow. Emerging ...

31 Oct 2017 | Jack Lowe

Pokémon Go: Raids and Rhythms of Urban Life

Pokémon Go has been around since July 2016, yet it remains the most popular and prevalent augmented reality smartphone game around. In that time, its continued popularity owes much to a steady stream of updates and events that have retained the inte...

31 Jul 2017 | Jack Lowe

Life Update

It’s been quite a while since I last posted an update on what I’m doing professionally – not really since my post on Blast Theory back in December, where I volunteered after finishing my Masters degree. Since December, I’ve been in the process of ap...

30 Jun 2017 | Jack Lowe

Imag(in)ing California: Shorelines

Our day began by winding through green meadows and crooked Sonoma Valley oaks, bathed in sunshine as we drove a scenic route towards the land’s edge. From the tranquil woodland town of Occidental we took the Coleman Valley Road, the sun behind us illu...

31 May 2017 | Jack Lowe

Imag(in)ing California: Farmhands

One of the most influential books I’ve read during my studies in Geography is by American professor Don Mitchell, discussing the California landscape. In it, Mitchell explains how the idyllic image of California as a place of beauty and opportunity mas...

27 Feb 2017 | Jack Lowe

Passing Through

Once upon a grey weekend morningI found myself at a large stationCatching a train to a nearby village. As I ambled through the grand terminalImportant announcements filled the air.Excursions to Paris, London and BrusselsWhere towering structures d...