Time slides. I feel it. Back and forth. I know that I’m the same person that I was before I almost died during a massive heart attack (yes that’s what the paramedic said to me in the back of the ambulance “Don’t worry Paul, you’re having a massive attack, just try and relax”) but something feels changed and I think it’s the way time moves or the way we move through it.

It seems to say ‘Welcome to The New Reality – come on in!’

Okay – let’s go!


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‘Workplace’
Taking Stock : Loughborough
Paul Conneally
31st October 2020

Taking Stock is a series of works linked to and emerging from artist photographer Christopher Mear’s walk to work as a retail operative. Here I transpose his walk directions from starting at his home to starting from mine in Loughbohemia (some call it Lougborough). I follow the lefts, rights and straight aheads of his walk (distance doesn’t matter) until I reach ‘work’. I find my workplace marked with a stone. Here I take stock in whichever way feels appropriate. In this case I find myself at a confluence of paths at Loughborough’s urban edge. Some saplings have been planted. I take stock. There are ten.

Paul Conneally 31st October 2020

Taking Stock: A series of public interventions, works and thoughts by Paul Conneally – Christopher Mear – Katherine Stanley and others…


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All I know is that this building feels sad. It sighs. Long sorrowful sighs that travel up and down the elevator shafts. The people who work here work hard long hours. They care. The building doesn’t seem to help. It’s constantly under repair or being added to. It feels like a building site where some of the work has been left for someone to come back and finish later.

I take the stairs, yes it’s good for my health but mainly I take them because the dilapidated and currently, seems like always, being updated suite of elevators is a nightmare. The stairs are cool, cold even and full of unseen footsteps. If you’re physically able I recommend them. Speak to people you meet on the way up and down. It’s impolite in Sheffield to not at least say hello to absolute strangers.

The coffee shop on Level D, through the main self-service serving area serves good coffee. They have a loyalty card. Buy nine drinks get one free. I’m thinking about cats and lives and wondering if I’ll still be visiting this hospital by my ninth life or for my tenth coffee.

climbing stairs
the lactic acid kicks in
on the fifth floor

Paul Conneally
December 2019


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We prepare for our Fruit Routes ‘harvest’ changing of seasons call it Mabon if you like .. a few days later into Autumn perhaps.. we Will encode the path, our Fruit Route, in the minds and hearts of those that join us in Beating the Bounds on the 19th Oct through the grounds of Loughborough University .. but we beat the path.. here we see Anne-Marie collecting hazel sticks .. we will carry them and use them to beat the path make love filled music from and in our surroundings joined by improvisational musicians with soprano sax, percussion, fiddle, cor anglais.. we will play our Involuntary Instruments too .. areas that have spoken to us as we walk and cry out to be played trees iron railings bollards ourselves.. join us .. more details will follow..


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throwing a spider
out of the bathroom window
another runs in

Walk with me, talk with me, write haiku, transform and have afternoon tea with me!

Join me on the 9th of October during Cheltenham Literature Festival at Koj, Cheltenham’s premier ‘No Sushi’ Japanese restaurant and bar at 2pm.

DETAILS HERE: https://kojcheltenham.co.uk/events/2019/10/9/haiku

Then in the evening come to an exclusive (limited entry) stand up comedy & poetry open mic session with cocktails! Special performances from stand up Joshua Silk and a haiku led poetry set from me!

Be good to see you there!

Paul Conneally

Image
Artist: Katsukawa Shuntei
Title: Defeat of the Earth Spider (Tsuchigumo)
Date:Japanese Edo Period


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