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(Photo: Under a somewhat grey sky, not far from Salzburg)

Urban walks, hillside rambles, lakes and rivers, pub beergardens and seaside ice cream… dispatches from beyond the front door, whatever the weather…

We want to create a place to collect words and pictures that reflect the wonders that we can find when we get out of the house. Whether we have lakes and mountains on our doorstep, or our Sunday walks are more likely to be through the post-industrial urban cityscape, there are plenty of things out there worth exploring, and as we collect them together here, hopefully the website will be a source of information and inspiration to all who stumble upon it.

The Grey Sky Appreciation Society

Under a Grey Sky is edited by Paul Scraton, who lives in Berlin, Germany. Alongside his day job as Communications Manager at The Circus, Paul also contributes to Slow Travel Berlin, Caught by the River, and has worked as an editorial assistant on the Europe by Rail guidebook, published by Thomas Cook. Paul’s latest project is Traces of a Border – exploring the Berlin Wall Trail.

Contributors:

Dave Long – U.S.-born photographer currently living in Salzburg, Austria. Dave specialises in stock photography, with an emphasis on dramatic landscapes, extreme sports and historical architecture (website).

Katrin Schönig – Berliner born and bred, Katrin’s photographs have been used to illustrate a number of articles on Under a Grey Sky. When not taking pictures, you can find her welcoming the world to her home city as the General Manager of the Circus Hotel in Berlin.

Tom Salmon – Paid to be a search marketing nerd but is also a heavy duty human geography, design and architecture geek. He lives and works in Leeds, follow him on Twitter @tominleeds.

Tony Platt – The author of ten books and 150 essays and articles dealing with issues of race, inequality, and social justice in American history. Platt taught at the University of Chicago, University of California (Berkeley), and California State University (Sacramento). He blogs on history and memory at Good To Go.

Jasmine Salmon – When she is not managing the expectations of two lively and inquisitive children, Jasmine is helping to broaden understanding as a Senior Office in Leeds City Council’s Interpreting and Translation team.

Julia Stone – When not travelling the world (2011 included trips to the United States, Thailand, Laos and elsewhere), Julia is an extremely talented graphic designer based in Berlin, Germany.

Chris Hughes - As a potter, artist and photographer, Chris Hughes’s work reflects his own interest in the landscape, birdwatching, mountain walking and climbing. He has exhibited work in exhibitions all over the NW of England with the Art and Craft Guild of Lancashire and now at their Gallery at the Wharf in Burscough. Profile at the Arts & Craft Guild of Lancashire

Annika Ruohonen – Annika describes herself as a photographer, an environmentalist, an adventurer, an educator and a mother of two. More of her work as well as contact details can be found on her website: Annika Ruohonen Photography

Andy Short – Andy runs BActive@Rhoscolyn from his base in Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, specialising in introductory courses in kayaking and sea kayaking.

David Salmon – David is a museum professional and inventor of the Chicken Kiev Sandwich, and lives and works in London. General mumblings about cake, coffee, football, cycling and the wonderful world of museums can be found on Twitter, @DSalmon.

Sharon Blackie – Sharon is the editor of EarthLines Magazine, a new quarterly dedicated to high quality writing on nature, place and the environment.

Sheila Scraton – Sheila has been involved in the outdoors all her life, playing sport, walking, climbing and canoeing. Although now retired from her previous university job, she continues, through her role as emeritus professor, to be interested in researching and writing particularly about women’s involvement in sport, leisure and the outdoors. She also now has even more time to enjoy the fresh air in the mountains and through local walks in Yorkshire.

Matt Lancashire – Matt works for an engineering company in That London. He enjoys old books, films and blues music, fresh cakes, and home-concocted spirits. When leaving London, he tends to be found in either Hertfordshire or Saxony.

George McKinney – George is retired after working in higher education for many years. He gets great pleasure from noticing things in his natural environment; small fossils in the rock of a gatepost, colour changes as the sun highlights different pockets of a view and, of course, the birds that share these landscapes with us.  Walking and watching in the hills, along the coast or overlooking wet-lands does not easily compare with the pleasure he gets from his family and extended family, but does provide a calming influence after he has been coaching his women’s basketball team. He has a home near Leeds in England and spends part of the year with his wife, family and/or friends, in their cortijo high in the Sierra Nevada mountains of southern Spain.

Tim Halpin – Tim writes creative non-fiction, mostly about the environment, travel, and ‘place’ in the UK. You can find his nature writing on Jackdaws in the Chimney, and a collection of book reviews ‘on location’ at Read by the River.

Phil Scraton - Phil lives in Belfast and is Professor of Criminology at Queen’s University Law School  – committed to exploring the impact on identity and community of the politics and regulation of space: from prison cell to neighbourhood, from street pavement to mountain crag, from local playground to national park, from township/ reservation to gated real estate.

Nick Hunt – Nick is a writer and journalist, and his work has been published in The Economist, The Guardian Travel, New Internationalist, Resurgence, Search, Geographical, World Conservation and other publications. He is currently walking and writing my way from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor. You can read about this project on After the Woods and the Water.

Beatrix Campbell – Bea is a writer, broadcaster, campaigner, playwright and Green Party candidate. You can find out more about her work, including links to her books, plays and articles, on her website.

Terry Enright – The late Terry Enright was a community activist from West Belfast, Terry was a well-known environmentalist central to the ‘Save the Black Mountain’ anti-quarrying campaign. He was Vice-chair of the Upper Springfield Development Trust, a long-standing trades-union and human rights activist and was community representative on the Equality Coalition and Human Rights Consortium.

Ciarán Ó Brolcháin – Ciarán is an Irish language speaker and activist from west Belfast. He grew up in and continues to live in the Upper Springfield area, in the shadow of the Black Mountain.

Diana Hale – A painter, photographer and sometimes textile artist, Diana loves landscape and the natural world in theory and practice. She also has a particular interest in national and regional identity in architecture and the arts and crafts. Worked for English Heritage and the Crafts Council for a number of years. Lives in London but escapes regularly to West Wales and East Anglia. Diana’s website.

Barry Sheppard – Barry is a part-time student, studying History and Social Studies.  He is interested in social and cultural history, in particular the study of cultural nationalist groups in late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Ireland.

Bree Carlton – Bree lives near the beach in Seaford on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia and works as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University. She is passionate about transformative teaching and research practice and has published widely in the area of prison studies. Bree is mum to 2 cheeky boys under 5 and is a committed social justice and prison abolition activist. She has a wicked sense of humour, is a lover of long distance walks, dramatic sky scapes and music.

Miles Richardson – Miles is the author of Needwood, a search for deep nature in the local landscape and a celebration of the joy that can be extracted from ordinary things in the natural world. You can follow his progress and receive updates via his website or twitter.

Ian Hill – Ian grew up in Lincolnshire, but has lived in Cumbria for 20 years.  His writing, which he says focuses on ’Landscape and Memory’,  has previously appeared in Earthlines magazine, in the anthology Dark Mountain 3, and in The Language of Footprints, an e-book showcasing new writers in the North-West. He was the recipient of a Hunter Davies Bursary for new writers in Cumbria in 2012.   A selection of his work is also on his blog at www.printedland.blogspot.com

Contact Us

Questions and queries: paulscraton [at] googlemail (dot) com

Find us on Twitter: @underagreysky

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