Spending the week in Baltic…
This week I have been exploring the Baltic Triangle district in Liverpool. Monday 19th August was World Photography Day, so I decided to dedicate an afternoon to trying to capture some of Baltic’s street art.
The Baltic Triangle itself is located in the development area of Liverpool’s city centre, which over the years has become home to the city’s creative industry. This urban environment is a space where artists of all kinds can collaborate and exhibit their work. The creative industry is valued here, it’s constantly changing and evolving with new street art, mezzanine studios being built … Read on
Until 25 September: Uncovering the archive of April Ashley MBE and Trans lives in Liverpool, 3rd Floor, Central Library. ‘The exhibition centres on April Ashley MBE model, actress and gender pioneer, who was one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery. It has been commissioned as part of Liverpool City Council’s RISE season which celebrated exceptional women artist’s leaders and thinkers. It also explores the private worlds of gender variant people in the nineteenth century through a case study of William Seymour and concludes with a case that uses personal items and ephemera … Read on
World Humanitarian Day is celebrated every year on August 19th. It’s a day of honouring humanitarians who risk their lives for people in war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria. The United Nations decided that humanitarians should have a day specifically just for them, where we celebrate their courage and bravery as they support their communities no matter the circumstances. The UN believes that it is important to inform the public about their humanitarian efforts which can often be dismissed, it’s also a day to promote helping vulnerable people in a crisis.
Photo- Lynsey Addario
This year’s World Humanitarian Day … Read on
Liverpool’s world heritage status now faces a significant threat. Since we started working with Engage Liverpool a few months back and started a series of events that looked at boundaries and why they are important, the proposal for new Everton Football Club stadium – which would sit inside the boundaries of the World Heritage Site on Bramley Moore dock – has shifted gears somewhat. Liverpool City Council has proposed to UNESCO that the site boundaries be moved to allow the new stadium to be built without affecting the status, but UNESCO has refused to consider this idea.
So much of the … Read on
Until 10th August: The Corvid Collective, Egg Cafe, Liverpool. Talented local artists Pam Holstein, Nick Jones and Karen Wilson are exhibiting their art at this ever-popular cafe on Newington. Free entry and The Egg do a cracking cheese on toast too.
Until 13 October: Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan, Bluecoat, Liverpool. Shezad Dawood’s epic film series Leviathan comes to the gallery, alongside a number of textiles and neon works. Taking inspiration from both Thomas Hobbes’ book Leviathan and the biblical sea monster of the same name, Dawood’s Leviathan follows the migratory patterns of people between … Read on
Last Wednesday evening I went for a great walk with a great group.
We gathered on the roof of Central Library on what felt like the brightest and warmest day of the year so far – good walking weather. A group of 30 – some from Fazakerley, Walton and the waterfront – had turned up for the second in a three-part series of events looking at the boundaries of a place and why they matter. We were joined by Jon from Barcelona who, moments earlier, had been minding his own business before being roped into the tour by Gerry and Odie … Read on
4 July: Tickle the Ivories, Liverpool One. My absolute favourite of all the various events that happen in Liverpool over the summer. The pianos are back dotted around the streets and arcade of Liverpool One shopping centre. You can just tip up and play, or you can pre-book a slot. And they pray for dry weather.
6 July: The Feis, Liverpool Pierhead. This ever-popular annual musical celebration of Liverpool’s Irish heritage celebrating the city’s rich connection to Ireland is back again. 75% of Liverpool’s population comes from Irish descent, hence its popularity. … Read on
It’s Independent Bookshop Week until June 22, part of the Bookseller’s ‘Books Are My Bag‘ campaign. So, while we’re celebrating independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland, we’ve been thinking about some of our favourite indie bookshops – both in Liverpool, and a bit further afield.
These are a few that are close to our hearts, but keep an eye out on the indies near with a full programme of events, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting this week… For more information, head to https://indiebookshopweek.org.uk/.
News from Nowhere
This independent bookshop is perhaps Liverpool’s best known, situated on Bold … Read on
Books from Liverpool
And because I’ve been thinking about independence – and home, after a couple of recent trips – it felt like the right time to do a round-up of a few lovely books about Liverpool. Summer is the season that brings Liverpool to life with, seemingly, a festival every weekend and the promise of a stop to the sideways rain. People pour in for their first experiences of the city; the music, lights and sounds, the colour and creativity.
Some are picked as a slice of Liverpool’s inner life, others for their creative independent spirit – several for both of the … Read on
I had a great chat recently. One Wednesday after work, I headed over the city from the Wordscape studio, down Jamaica Street, through Liverpool One, stopping on the strand to take a photo of the Liver Building, and then towards the Business District and an event titled Boundaries, hosted by Engage Liverpool at One Fine Day, and supported by me and Fiona. As I walked, I chatted over text to a friend in Boston about how small Liverpool feels as a city to walk across. End to end the walk took 20 minutes. It felt like a great walk.
Twenty or … Read on