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13 High St Coffee Bar, Garstang

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Location matters

Writing can be a solitary and lonely activity, but an inspiring location can change all of that. Throughout this LearningWheel journey, Amanda and I have made a conscious effort to meet regularly to discuss the content of the book… erm did I say discuss? ha… what I meant to say was argue, debate, interrogate, fall-out/fall-in!

I conceived the LearningWheel more than four years ago, the concept and theory that underpins it has lived in my visual mind since that time, unsurprising given my professional background in graphic design. Having dominant visual intellect, enables me to articulate complex theories using combinations of shape, space, colour, tone, contrast, composition, textures etc. Although I love words and wordplay, I would admit to a lack ease and fluency in using words to articulate meaning in an academic environment.

Stage left Amanda… contrary to my creative and tactile characteristics, she has a clinical ability to interrogate the truth and translate this in to a journal or a thesis or in this case a book, with what looks like an apparent ease.

The visual gallery of my mind has been picked at, stretched and challenged beyond my comfort zone at times. Thankfully, the choice of writing locations that we have inhabited have neutralised the scrutiny experienced and in fact have been quite pleasurable and enlightening moments for us both.

As alluded to in a previous post, ‘time’ evaporates faster than water exposed to a hotter than a hotter thing. We have lost too much time to the four walls of our homes whilst writing this book and developing the @LearningWheel, therefore we have made a corporate decision as time permits to have some fun by visiting various locations around Lancashire, and beyond with the essential kit: plug, socket, cake, coffee, hot water… oh and WIFI!

Location Gallery

Our gallery above captures some of the locations we have visited. If you happen to pick up this book, hopefully, you will be able to visualise the locations that inspired the words you are reading on the page.