2008 Events – November Listing




3-9 November

The Shipping Lines Literary Festival

The University’s Shipping Lines Liverpool Literary Festival from 3 – 9 November will showcase a selection of high quality contemporary writing with events for readers and writers alike with lectures, workshops, readings and debates.

Celebrated children’s author Philip Pullman is to be a special guest at the Liverpool Literary Festival, joined by Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough and Brian Patten.

Other writers include:

Simon Armitage, Malorie Blackman, A S Byatt, David Constantine
Helen Constantine, Ailsa Cox, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Paul Farley
 Rebecca Goss, Jorie Graham, Howard Jacobson
Andrea Levy, Jamie McKendrick, Phillip Norman
Caryl Phillips, Peter Robinson, Michael Schmidt, Jo Shapcott
 Raymond Tallis, Maike Wetzel , Ian Duhig, Christian Garcin
 Tommy Donbavand, Tany Landman, Marcia Williams
 Mal Peet, John Redmond, Deryn Rees-Jones
Bryan Biggs, John Belchem, Nicholas Murray, Michael Murphy.


University of Liverpool
18th & 19th November Le Nouvelle Ensemble Modern

Commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. Founded in 1989 by pianist and conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians. The ensemble offers convincing interpretations of today’s music by granting it the time and attention it deserves.

Their repertoire, nurtured on the classics of the 20th century, reflects the diversity of present day
aesthetics; it incorporates music from all continents and is committed to giving premieres of new works. Its concerts, public rehearsals and dialogues
with composers are all exceptional moments of exchange and reflection. Ensemble-in-residence at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal,
the NEM has performed in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Australia and Singapore.

During their performance at the Cornerstone
Festival Le NEM will also perform a work by the winner of a competition to discover new UK composers organised by Liverpool Culture Company,
Cornerstone Festival, Ensemble 10.10 and with assistance from the Society for the Promotion of New Music.

The Cornerstone Festival,
Hope University
25th – 27th November Le Corbusier Symposium

The 12th RIBA Stirling Prize is being held in Liverpool to mark the city’s year as the European City of Culture.

Recognized as the most prestigious award for contemporary British architecture, the prize will be announced at the dinner for 800 distinguished guests and broadcast live in a Channel 4 programme presented by Kevin McCloud.

Also presented on the evening will be a number of special prizes recognizing the diversity of British
architecture, including awards for sustainability, the best school and the most outstanding new house. (Part of the ‘cultural conversations’ strand).

The Crypt, Metropolitan
Cathedral (exhibition)
November – December Eighth Blackbird

A UK premiere, co-commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company as part of European Capital of Culture 2008. “The Only Moving Thing” features
new commissions by Steve Reich—whom The Guardian identifies as one among “ just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history”—and composers and Bang on a Can founders David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe.

In Reich’s Double Sextet eighth blackbird performs simultaneously live and pre-recorded; while Lang/Wolfe/Gordon’s singing in the dead of night is a 45-minute suite conceived in collaboration with seminal New York choreographer Susan Marshall who will direct the movement.

Debuting the program in the spring of 2008 in the USA, The Only Moving Thing will be premiered in Richmond, VA and will travel to New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Ann Arbor and Cincinnati before making its UK debut in Liverpool and continue to tour internationally in the 2008-2009 season.

The Cornerstone Festival,
Hope University
November Made in Liverpool

Building on the success of Shoot the Artist and Made in Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial will host an open submission film competition for local amateurs
and emerging talents across Merseyside.

Though the theme has yet to be announced it will take its lead from Liverpool Biennial’s International
Exhibition, and provide an exciting opportunity for local filmmakers to show their work during the prestigious festival period.

Selection will be by panels comprised of local community and youth groups, culminating in a programme of screenings at FACT, on the BBC Big Screen and at participating community venues. Entrants who have their films selected will be offered an opportunity to attend a master class by an established filmmaker, to build on their skills and gain experience.

Liverpool Biennial will put out a call for submissions in Spring 2008, with selection of the short listed films and the master class in Summer and screenings taking place in Autumn to coincide with the Biennial festival.

FACT, BBC Big Screen,
Various community centres
November – February Start of winter lights 08-09 programme

Following on from the winter lights programme launched in November 2007 – see earlier entry. (Part of public art programme, commissioned from Liverpool Biennial by the Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008).

Various Liverpool