Writer Adam Farrer begins his new role as writer in residence for Peel Park, Salford, this week.
Farrer plans to document a year in the life of Peel Park across the four seasons beginning this Spring.
He said: “I’ll write some essays and short stories inspired by the park per season and also do weekly diary entries documenting the life of the park.”
He has lived in Salford for 22 years and spends his free time at work wandering around the park, initially as a way of getting fit but soon found inspiration for his writing.
Mr Farrer claims he has visited Peel Park everyday since it got lottery funding. He describes the park as a personal sanctuary.
He said: “I do several loops of the park and see lots of things, overhear lots of stuff.
“I got bitten by a dog, someone tried to hit me while they were on their bike, I stood on the bank down here next to a heron.
“I was experiencing lots of little things and I thought ‘there’s something worth writing about here’. So I decided to put myself forward to the Friends of Peel Park and they endorsed me to do it.”
Mr Farrer hopes to bring awareness to the historic park with this new role. He said: “To find a place like this it’s kind of an oasis really and no one really comes here.
“It’s sad that there aren’t as many people using the park as there could be. So I thought if I wrote about it, helped spread the word, encourage people to come here then it would be a good thing for everyone.”
Going through the diaries and archives for #PeelPark From the 1916 Annual Report, a subtle allusion to world events in the absence of young men available for tennis. #WriterInResidence pic.twitter.com/0EHSEYDBZ8
— Adam Farrer (@AdamJFarrer) February 26, 2019
He also talked about his connections to the park.
He said: “It’s the first time I’ve done something like this because I normally write what’s called creative non-fiction.
“I write true stories about my own life and various situations I’ve been in. I’ve been honing my skills doing that stuff but purely writing about my own life.
“So this is the first time I’ve written about a particular location and what goes on in it and the people who inhabit the park.”