category: Literature

January 12, 2007

Liverpool Reads 2007 - Small Island

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A big crowd attended Central Library last night for the launch of Liverpool Reads 2007 with the author Andrea Levy reading from her book Small Island.

This is the largest mass-participation reading project that Britain has ever seen and with Bristol, Hull and Glasgow all taking part. The story tells of the arrival of black Jamaican immigrants – the descendants of enslaved Africans – in post-war Britain. It is particularly poignant for Liverpool to read this tale in 2007 as it is the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of British Slavery, of which the city played a part as a major port.

There are 10,000 free copies of the book being handed out. You need to pick up a voucher from a Liverpool Library but best to check with them first you can find library phone numbers here

and all but Walton and Lister Drive libraries are taking part.

January 02, 2007

Word Is They Say - Update

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Update - From Amanda DeAngeles

To Story-lovers,
Have you finished writing your novel, play or autobiography? Are you a local (or locally-based) writer, and is your work unpublished or self-published?

Do you want people to hear your written words? Are you willing to speak-up for yourself?

Word Is They Say . . . everyone has a book in them. Why not tell your story?

Contact me by January 20 2007 if you wish to take part in the first WORD IS THEY SAY . . . (January 2007)

Please tell me your book title, length in words/pages, subject and if it's fiction or non-fiction. I need to know this so I can arrange for the reading to take place at a suitable location.
Have you had it published or printed yet, either in paper or online? If not, is it ready for publication?

If you don't wish to read it out personally you may arrange for another reader, but you must be present at the event.

Feel free to pass this information to other writers. (No poetry, short-fiction or short essays, please).

Audio recordings are likely and local media will be invited to the readings, which will take place at several city-centre locations.

WORD IS THEY SAY January 2007

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Musicians will be invited to close each session. I will tell you more soon.
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November 12, 2006


Can't imagine I'd ever write a novel myself but I just love the name of this project
NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month which is this month, November 2006.

Read all about it on the Manchizzle blog

and if you're taking part and have anything vaguely to do with Liverpool let us know.

November 06, 2006

Hilda Reilly Book-Signing, Nov 10th

Hilda Reilly will be signing copies of her book
Prickly Pears of Palestine
News From Nowhere
96 Bold Street
on Friday 10 November at 13.00

Written as a travel diary rather than as a polemic, Prickly Pears of Palestine addresses aspects often ignored in journalistic reporting, producing a pageant of characters and panoramas which bring to vivid life the people behind the politics.

Prickly Pears of Palestine is a moving and vivid introduction to the realities of life in Palestine/Israel.
Bruce Kent

A must read for anyone wanting to understand how the world has arrived at a ‘clash of civilisations’.
Waseem Mahmood, OBE

November 04, 2006

Charles Dickens at St George's Hall


Spirit of Charles Dickens Returns to St George's Hall

Shameless star, Gillian Kearney, will lead celebrity readers in a unique Christmas event, recreating Charles Dickens' first public appearance at Liverpool's St George's Hall.

The 'Penny Readings,' organised by the University of Liverpool's Reader magazine in support of 'Liverpool Reads,' will be held in recognition of the popular Dickens' readings which began in 1858, which took place at the Philharmonic Hall and later at St George's Hall, attracting crowds of more than 2,000 people. He read extracts from A Christmas Carol, Little Dombey and The Poor Traveller, insisting that people were charged just a penny entrance fee to enable all social classes to attend.

Gillian Kearney will be joined by University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor Professor Drummond Bone; star of The Smoking Room, Nadine Marshall; Editor of Liverpool Echo, Alastair Machray; BBC Radio Merseyside's Angela Heslop and Professor of English at the University Philip Davis. They will read from Victorian classics such as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Dr Jane Davis, editor of The Reader magazine, said: "We are fortunate today that literature can be enjoyed in so many different forms - individual reading, audio books, radio plays, and film adaptations. During Dickens' life-time public readings were as popular as today's pop concerts and as we approach Liverpool's Year of Heritage it is essential we recognise the value of reading and the ways in which it can bring people together."

Contemporary novels will also be read at the event, which is supported by the Liverpool Culture Company and book freight providers, Publiship. Actress Nadine Marshall will read from Small Island - by Andrea Levy, winner of the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. Nadine also reads the part of Hortense in a Radio 4 play of the book.

The Penny Readings will take place in the Small Concert Hall in St George's Hall, at 6pm on Sunday, 3 December. Tickets are available from Bea Colley by telephoning 0151 794 2287. The price of the tickets is one penny, payable on the door.

Charles Dickens and Liverpool

* Dickens' first visit to Liverpool was in 1842 when he stayed at the Adelphi Hotel.
* In 1844 he chaired the annual Christmas Soiree at Liverpool's Mechanics Institute. During this visit he researched the characteristics of people living in Whitechapel.
* On his final visit to Liverpool in 1860 he was made an honorary member of the Literary and Philosophical Society. A public banquet was held in his honour at the Town Hall.
* Dickens' inspiration for his novel The Uncommercial Traveller was based on his research at Liverpool Docks and his visits to the workhouse on Brownlow Hill.
* Dickens' final words on stage were: "From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore." Three months later, in 1870, he died.

August 31, 2006

Manchester Book Market - This Weekend

Some Merseyside involvement with this new event....


10am-6pm, St Ann's Square

Dear literature lovers, book buyers and fans of the spoken word,

We are looking forward to seeing you at this, Manchester's First Independent Book Market! The buzz has spread nationwide, perhaps it's the excitement of getting our hands on quality fiction.

The undercover literature marquee is at the ready and we've a brilliant line-up, consisting of some of the best writers, as well as the two hottest performance nights in Manchester, all taking to the stage in St Ann's Square.

With more than 30 publishers taking part and around 30 writers reading back to back over the two days, it's going to be a great day out.

Help make the market a success. Simply pass this email on to your friends, pop by and say hello. We'd love to see you.

Spread the word
Support writers and publishers of diverse backgrounds and independent spirits!

FRIDAY Sep 1st:
Performance Times: 1pm-2.15pm: Host: Chloe Poems
Featuring Chloe Poems, Anwen Lewis, Graham Wilson, Sam Barker, Anne C Clarke Samuel Shimon

3pm-4.15pm: Host: Kate Taylor
Featuring: Matthew Scott, Crista Ermiya, Olivia McCannon, Tom Palmer, Pat Winslow, MY Alam, Nouri Jarrah, Margaret Obank

5pm-6pm: Host Verberate: Zoe Lambert
Featuring Togara Muzanenhamo, Maria Roberts, Tony Curry, Rebecca Goss

1pm-2.15pm: FAMILY EVENT Hosted by Pete Kalu
Featuring Verna Wilkins, Pete Kalu, Creina Mansfield and a sketch session

3pm-4.15pm: Host DGPS: Hosted by Ra Page and Maria Roberts
Featuring - Shamshad Khan, Conor Alyward, Adam Irving, Stuart Mallinson, Ian Seed, Dinesh Allirajah

5pm-6pm: Speakeasy: Host Julian Daniel
Featuring Dike Omeje, Chanje Kunda, Shirley May, Cheryl Martin, Segun Lee French

July 29, 2006

Philip Pullman here in 2008

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Via Cheshire Chronicle

Cult author Philip Pullman is to head the bill at a Liverpool literary festival to celebrate Capital of Culture year.

The writer of the His Dark Materials trilogy is the first big name to be signed up to the Liverpool University event. The festival is due to take place in November 2008 and will include local and national names taking part in readings, discussions and debates.

Dinah Birch, head of the university's school of English, says it is the first time in many years - if ever - that the department has held anything similar.

The festival, likely to be titled Shipping Lines in homage to Liverpool's history as one of the world's greatest ports, is one of a number of ideas the department has to mark Capital of Culture year.

But Prof Birch has emphasised it is still in the early stages of development and the final programme will be dictated by funding available.

April 29, 2006

Liverpool Reads - at Palm House

millions_dust_jacket.jpgYou are invited to 3 days of exciting activities for all the family - creative writing, public reading, drama workshops...and all for FREE! Taking place in the Palm House, situated in Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Sunday 30th April
Sunday 7th May 12.00-4.00pm
Sunday 21st May

With a visit by the author himself on Sunday 7th May

Book workshops now to avoid disappointment!

Adult Creative writing 12.00-1.30 pm
2.00-3.30 pm (Except on 7th May due to author reading)

Young People's Creative Writing 12.00-1.30 pm
(Ages 10-15) 2.00-3.30 pm (Except on 7th May due to author reading)

Young People's drama sessions 12.00-1.30 pm
(Ages 8-14) 2.00-3.30 pm (Except on 7th May due to author reading)

Young People's drama sessions 12.00-1.30 pm
(Ages 5-8) 2.00-3.30 pm (Except on 7th May due to author reading)

Free entry!

Please contact Bea Colley, Liverpool Reads Coordinator for details: 0151 794 2291 /
Liverpool Reads website