TODAY – Sunday 1 November 2009 1.00 – 4.00pm Free
Mexican Day of the Dead Altar
Help Javier Calderon create an altar at the Bluecoat dedicated to Malcolm Lowry, whose Under the Volcano is set on this day when Mexicans remember their dead. Participants from the Bluecoat’s Art Valley project have created objects for the altar – bring along yours to add to it,. Plus specially baked bread and sugar skulls, giant masks, children’s workshops, live music, Latin and Lowry flavoured DJ set.
And don’t miss these Lowry events over the following weeks:
Tues 3 November 6.30pm Free
Artists’ talk: Cian Quayle and Pete Flowers
Lowry, the Isle of Man and the Day of the Dead – the artists discuss their work in the Under the Volcano exhibition
Tues 10 November 7.30pm Free
Malcolm Lowry’s Merseyside: illustrated talk with Colin Dilnot
Wirral resident Colin Dilnot introduces places of significance for Lowry who was born in New Brighton, grew up in Caldy, sailed from Birkenhead and was horrified by the Liverpool Anatomy Museum in Paradise Street. People interested in the writer and local history alike will be fascinated by revelations about Lowry’s formative years
Tues 17 November 6.30pm
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (U). Dir: Robert Wiene. Germany, 1920, 71 mins
With live piano score. At FACT
A favourite film of Lowry’s, Caligari is the story of murder and intrigue set in a small German town. The narrator (Friedrich Feher) is a student who makes the near-fatal error of attending a carnival with his best friend (Hans Heinrich). Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt. Contact FACT for ticket and venue details: Bookings (0)8717 042063; Online film booking picturehouses.co.uk
Sat 21 November 8.00pm £5
Ian McMillan & Luke Carver Goss with Sense of Sound: The Re-entry Of Malcolm Lowry into Liverpool: A Song Tricycle
In this choral and spoken word performance, poet Ian McMillan and composer Luke Carver Goss imagine the 100-year-old Lowry revisiting Liverpool, “that terrible city whose main street is the ocean”. Performed with Sense of Sound choir, this Bluecoat commission makes links between three strands of Lowry’s life: the sea, writing and drink, drawing on his incandescent prose and the fishermen’s hymns and jazz that inspired him. Described as ‘the John Peel of poetry’ (Alec Finlay), Ian McMillan presents The Verb, BBC Radio 3’s ‘cabaret of the word’. Luke Carver Goss is leader of the Ian McMillan Orchestra as well as a musician in his own right.
19 – 22 November times to be announced. Free
Nordahl Grieg poetry
Lowry was influenced by the Norwegian writer Nordahl Grieg (1902-43). As part of Liverpool’s NICE Festival of Nordic Culture, Grieg’s famous 1937 poem To the Youth will be read in Norwegian and English in the Bluecoat Hub.
The exhibition Under the Volcano: An exhibition for Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) continues till 22 November, open daily 10.00am – 6.00pm. Free
The exhibition brings together artists from the UK and Latin America, who relate to Lowry in different ways: Ross Birrell & David Harding, Edward Burra, Julian Cooper, Pete Flowers, Jorge Martínez García, Adrian Henri, Cisco Jiménez, Ray Lowry, Brian O’Toole, Cian Quayle, Paul Rooney.
Malcolm Lowry: From the Mersey to the World, published by Liverpool University Press in collaboration with the Bluecoat and edited by Helen Tookey and Bryan Biggs, includes images from the exhibition and texts by Lowry’s biographer Gordon Bowker and other writers. The book is available from the Bluecoat, alongside the Penguin paperback of Under the Volcano and signed copies of Gordon Bowker’s republished Pursued by Furies: A Life of Malcolm Lowry (Faber Finds).
To book tickets and get further information:
The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX
Tickets and Information 0151 702 5324