Since then I have become very disillusioned with how Manchester has developed for many reasons. Family involvements took me back to my home town of Stockport and I started to spend more time in Liverpool and other parts of the region.
When Manchester City Council’s plans emerged for a glass ‘pod’ to be inserted into Library Walk, I was astonished and horrified. How could they do such a thing to a well loved spot. Luckily a friends group was formed and a group of individuals, far more focused and dedicated then myself, moved ahead with the Save Library Walk campaign and I have supported it and with them, submitted letters of objection.
As for Cornerhouse, we have been aware of the move to the new location at HOME near the site of the Hacienda for a long time. What we didn’t know was that Manchester City Council have plans to – possibly – demolish the Cornerhouse building. I was very upset, and wondered if others felt the same. Then a protest group appeared, almost overnight, and immediately I ‘liked’ and shared their Facebook page.
For some time I have felt that my blog, Twitter posts and Facebook updates need to be more focused on one theme, and the one theme that still motivates me is my anger at the continuous eroding away of the essential character and uniqueness of the city, just like it did when I was documenting Eyewitness in Manchester.
Therefore I have decided to go back to using the Eyewitness name, but not Eyewitness in Manchester. I am too disillusioned with Manchester to focus on it solely, the place I call home is not Manchester or Greater Manchester but the North West region. I regularly spend time in Liverpool and prefer being there to Manchester. I love to travel around Cheshire, Lancashire and beyond.
So the name of the Twitter handle, new Facebook page and this blog will be @AidanEyewitness (with our without the @). The name identifies me and re-uses the name I called myself in times past, not a trademark or copyright name but one that is associated with me. Do a search under Aidan Eyewitness to find many archive pages.
To be effective, I really must post very often and I hope to do so, drawing on my archive of photos as well as taking and posting new ones – many on my iPhone – highlighting what’s best in our local area, and also places further afield – I can’t be limited to just one city, one region or one country – I’m well travelled and I have interests overseas. There are plenty of examples in places I’ve visited that could be a model for us here and I will highlight them.
The theme makes use of my photography, writing and video as well as my writing projects, including a 110,000 word coming of age story set in the North West, to be launched in a few weeks.
The new drive will be mainly Facebook based. I don’t have the time to spend on a detailed blog with large numbers of photos. It would be good also to find a channel in other media such as print and on other online publications, we’ll see.
I hope that I will achieve a higher profile and that will be good for my overall publicity and general success as a writer, tutor, speaker, photographer and video maker.
So that’s it, goodbye @TutorWriterUK hello @AidanEyewitness
And I picked up one new follower in the process, my namesake, the brilliant Scottish-based fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke @obanfiddle