Consultation: Your favourites set in stone

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Consultation – Your favourites set in stone

Give your views on the Literary Pavement, Literary Liverpool, Famous Quotations using the online form or email by 5pm Friday 11th February 2011.

ARE you passionate about Pride and Prejudice, bewitched by Brief Encounter or captivated by Carmen?

A brand new ‘Literary Pavement’ is being created as part of the £50m redevelopment of Liverpool’s Central Library and the city council wants you to have your say on the special shortlist.

The 22 metre long and 4.5 metre wide walkway will lead from William Brown Street to the entrance of the beautifully restored library, and engraved on it will be titles from world books, cinema and music – which you can find inside the Grade II listed building.

And, not only do you get to share your views on the front walkway, but the city council want to know what you think about the content for two other key areas:

* A unique panel called ‘Literary Liverpool’ which will cover the back of the building.  This will showcase writers who were either born in the city, or lived, worked, visited or were influenced and inspired by Liverpool.  This list includes the novelist Beryl Bainbridge, poet Adrian Henri and playwright Willy Russell.
* Inside there will be an area dedicated to famous quotations which will be visible from each floor of the building.  These could include:

1. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much – Oscar Wilde
2. A house without books is like a room without windows – Horace Man
3. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making plans – John Lennon

A panel of experts from the city’s library and archive service have spent months poring over the thousands of possibilities, and now the three shortlists are available for people to look at and let the team know whether they agree or disagree with the selection.

The full Literary Pavement list is:

Pride and Prejudice, Schindler’s List, The Birds of America, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Die Zauberflote, Robinson Crusoe, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Shawshank Redemption, Das Kapital, The Lord of the Rings, The Female Eunuch, Spring in a Small Town,

Small Island, The Battleship Potemkin, Charlotte’s Web, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Millions, A Bear Called Paddington, The Canterbury Tales, Le Grand Meaulnes, Les Miserables, Singin’ in the Rain, Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Thriller, Memorials of Liverpool, Star Wars, The Cruel Sea, The Mabinogion, Crime and Punishment, Northern Lights, The Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, West Side Story, Gulliver’s Travels, The Chronicles of Narnia, Winnie the Pooh, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Color Purple, Apocalypse Now, The Mikado,

Swallows and Amazons, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, Gone with the Wind, A Tale of Two Cities, La Grande Illusion, Citizen Kane, Also Sprach Zarathustra, A Night at the Opera, Physical Graffiti, The Godfather, Dr. Zhivago, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, All Quiet on the Western Front, Cien Anos de Soledad, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Maltese Falcon, Il Principe, Reservoir Dogs, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,

Brief Encounter, Oklahoma!, Rashomon, The African Queen, The Wizard of Oz, The Wind in the Willows, Heaven Up Here,

La Regle du Jeu, Love Supreme, Educating Rita, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Ulysses, An Awfully Big Adventure, Wuthering Heights, Nostromo, Middlemarch, Tess of the D’urbervilles, En Attendant Godot, Volpone, Faust, The Snowman, Chariots of Fire, Peter Pan

The full Literary Liverpool list is:

Lyn Andrews, Beryl Bainbridge, Anne Baker, Clive Barker, Alan Bleasdale, Frank Cottrell Boyce, John Brophy,

Hall Caine, Ramsey Campbell, Gladys Mary Coles, Walter Crane, Charles Dickens, Berlie Doherty, Alice Thomas Ellis, Paul Farley, J.G. Farrell, Katie Flynn, Helen Forrester, Richard le Gallienne, George Garrett, Alan Gibbons,

Linda Grant, James Hanley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Felicia Hemans, Adrian Henri, Silas K Hocking, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Shirley Hughes, Brian Jacques, Joan Jonker, Edward Lear, Maureen Lee, John Lennon, Malcolm Lowry,

Paul McCartney, Roger McGough, Jimmy McGovern, John Masefield, Nicholas Monsarrat, Alun Owen, Brian Patten, Lynda La Plante, Deryn Rees-Jones,  William Roscoe, Edward Rushton, Willy Russell, Diane Samuels,

Alexei Sayle, Olaf Stapledon, Levi Tafari, Robert Tressell.

The full Famous Quotations list is:

  • A room without books is like a body without a soul
  • The love that I have is all that I have and the love that I have is yours
  • la mejor salsa del mundo es el hambre  (English translation: hunger is the best sauce in the world)
  • Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man
  • The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing
  • Il faut cultiver notre jardin  (English translation: we must cultivate our garden)
  • Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much
  • Music has charms to soothe the savage breast
  • Si monumentum requiris, circumspice (English translation: if you seek a monument, look about you)
  • A little learning is a dangerous thing
  • A house without books is like a room without windows
  • Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
  • ‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book
  • exegi monumentum aere perennius ( English translation: the body of literary work will endure beyond the  physical expression of a monument)
  • Liverpool’s story is the world’s glory


  1. Despite his being one of the world’s most feted writers in the field of genre fiction, full recognition for Ramsey Campbell, one of Liverpool’s most gifted sons, is still long overdue. Perhaps this worthy and exciting scheme is an opportunity to set the records right. I certainly hope so.

  2. “Britain’s most respected living horror writer” as stated by the Oxford Companion to English Literature. This alone offers credence to Ramsey Campbell’s inclusion within this Literary Pavement. He gets my vote!

  3. I’d agree with both of the above comments; Ramsey Campbell should definitely be included within this, alongside Clive Barker.

  4. Ramsey Campbell should definitely be included in the Literary Pavement. He is one of the best in his field of horror writing, has a very large (worldwide) following and has won numerous awards.

  5. Ramsey Campbell gets my vote. He is Liverpool’s own Horror writer and has a worldwide following. Unlike most of our famous people, Ramsey still lives and writes here and stays true to his roots. Carve his name with pride on our literary pavement.

  6. Of course Ramsey Campbell should be stoned. He is one of the few writers I know that take genuine pleasure (I hope) in the ability to disturb his readers but in the subtlest way possible. The horror is there for all to see, but by carefully sculpting his magnificent use of the English language and his wicked and vivid imagination the horror doesn’t throw itself at you, no, it creeps. His wordplay is akin to Nabokov’s, his character’s conversations are perplex, whimsical and sometimes incredibly awkward and frustrating (no one would talk like that) which give the reader something more, something to think about, and that’s what books do best. His work towers above his contemporaries. His enthusiasm and taste for great food is legendary and excellent suggestions on where to dine in Liverpool and Manchester have brought valuable custom to local restaurants.
    “Britain’s most respected living horror writer” ( says The Oxford Companion to English Literature.) And for being around for this long plotting his valued course through literary horror, he surely deserves a place in Literary Liverpool.

  7. Ramsey Campbell and Clive Barker: two sons Liverpool should justifiably be proud (and a little scared)of.


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