Jill Segger's blog

Companionship in a time of change

There were two shelves of Everyman Library classics in my childhood home. These had largely been acquired second hand and I remember them as being in varying conditions of well-thumbed tattiness.

Making the signal: virtue and conflict

As we approach Remembrance Sunday, the usual arguments over poppy colour have been a little less strident as memorial celebrations are subject to lockdown this year.

War, pandemic and Christopher Robin

It can sometimes be advantageous to arrive late. I did not pay much attention to the film Goodbye Christopher Robin when it first appeared in 2017.

Culture wars and the work of citizenship

Culture wars are as pointlessly destructive as any other form of warfare.

Book review: Good Ground Beneath My Feet. Poems from Iona by Martin Hayden.

The title of this collection offers a promise: a sense of place.

Pubbing in a pandemic

The manner in which we enjoy our leisure time is diverse. But there can be no doubt that in the UK, the pub is at its heart for a great many people.

Book review: Illness, Disability and Caring

Bernadette Meaden's book, Illness, Disability and Caring is the third in a study series How the B

The cleaner and the manager: a cautionary tale

For several weeks now, we have been standing on our doorsteps applauding and banging on saucepans in communal displays of solidarity for the ‘key workers’ who are –

Lent: looking beyond 40 days

On the doorstep of Lent, I stand uncertain.

'North England' and the need for radical change

“We were reckoned, in the north part of England, even as the outcasts of Israel.”