POETRY READING: PAULINE ROWE & ELSPETH ACCORDION.
MUSIC FROM JULIA ROWE.
WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE. 6-7:30PM. FREE.
We laugh although we are without the teeth we need
to speak the kind of words we hear in waves;
warming valves, phonograms, receivers.
– Pauline Rowe, Autobiography 1968
On June 14th, Open Eye Gallery presents an evening of poetry and music in partnership with University of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing.
Pauline Rowe, Open Eye Gallery’s first writer-in-residence, reads from her collections Waiting for the Brown Trout God (2009) and Voices of the Benares (2014). Her Voices collection commemorates the sinking of the SS City of Benares in September 1940, one of the forgotten tragedies of World War 2, in which 77 of the 90 child evacuee passengers who set sail from Liverpool on 13th September 1940 were killed.
Elspeth Accordion will read from her new collection Backs to the Wall about her 2015 experience of teaching and living in the Palestinian village of Bil’in, Liverpool’s twin town. The work includes a series of 9 poems written in response to 9 photographs.
Julia Rowe is a young singer-song-writer and artist from Liverpool who specialises in providing acoustic support for poets and literary organisations.
Open Eye Gallery’s current exhibition ‘Culture Shifts: Global’ will also be open. The exhibition explores the ways our cities are changing, and the ties between Liverpool and Hong Kong, two cities with a long history of exchange.