The Mersey Sound
8 May – 12 September 2009
The exhibition, called Mersey Sound, will chart the development and sources of inspiration of Liverpool poets, Roger McGough, Brian Patten and the late Adrian Henri – writers who were central to the citys literary, music and visual arts scene of the 1960s.
The University acquired the poets archive in 2007 following a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a number of other generous benefactors. The funds have allowed an archivist to catalogue the collections, which will now be showcased to the public at the VG&M for the first time. This exhibition contains photographs, notebooks and manuscripts from the Liverpool Poets archive.
Roger, Brian and Adrian became well-known in the 1960s by making poetry immediate and accessible to new audiences through joint anthologies such as The Mersey Sound (1967). Selling more than one million copies, The Mersey Sound became one of the bestselling anthologies of poetry ever published.
Material relating to the poets activities in the field of music, painting and performance will also be on display to illustrate how Liverpool writers, painters and musicians collaborated to communicate with a wide audience.