You might assume – from the lack of blogging here – that I’ve done nothing all summer. Of course, it is the opposite. Visits to Central St Martins, the E17 Art Trail, Coventry, Portsmouth, London and projects in Worthing.

And of course, writing for the an Knowledge Banks, Mailout community arts magazine, and this month’s New Start regeneration journal.

While writing an Empty Shops Workbook, funded by the Department of Communities & Local Government through the Meanwhile Project.

And updating www.artistsandmakers.com/emptyshops on a weekly basis, as temporary projects come and go.

It’s a boom time for empty shops. And it’s just been revealed that the figures for August show spending is down on the high street, so be ready for more empty shops before Christmas. Green shoots have withered in this late summer.