What’s on: August

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

Walking The Boundaries

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

What’s on: July

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

Independent Bookshop Week

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

Scouse Stories

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

Local Hero: MyTime

Across the country there is an army of unpaid carers looking after family members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are ‘hidden heroes’, taking pressure off NHS services and helping those they love, often in very difficult and trying circumstances, sometimes with very little income or whilst holding down a job to make ends meet, and often at the cost of their own health and wellbeing. It is estimated that there are around 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK, and as life expectancy increases, so do these numbers.

Some may be temporary carers, some may have done … Read on

Kindness is courage…

It’s possible Random Acts of Kindness Day 2019 probably bypassed you — it was on the 17th February — but although it’s useful to have an awareness day so that people are aware of RAKtivism (yes, it’s actually a thing), we should be kind, randomly or otherwise, every day. Without getting too profound so early in this piece, acts of kindness don’t have to involve other people either. You are allowed to be kind to yourself too. More about that later.

Someone I follow on Twitter recently asked for examples of kind things strangers have done, and the responses will restore … Read on

Awesummit 2019

I had a bit of an experience recently in Chicago. I travelled there for the weekend with my dutiful manservant, my Dad, in tow and for the sixth Awesome Foundation Summit, or Awesummit as we Awesome Foundation Trustees call it. It was the fourth of these I’ve travelled to now and my first time in Chicago. It’s a nice place.

I’ve been an on-and-off trustee of the Liverpool chapter of the Awesome Foundation for about six or seven years now. In that time there has been a revolving cast of trustees, but generally always ten of us in total. The general … Read on

What’s on: June

1 June: Summer Arts Market, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. The only place to pick up beautiful, unique work from the region’s best artists, crafters, designers and makers. In the aisles you’ll find thousands upon thousands of handmade artworks, creative crafts and design gifts from some 200 independent businesses including screen prints, paintings, intricate jewellery, tableware, beauty products, woodwork, colourful decorations, accessories, textiles, photography, knitwear and hand poured candles. All that plus an artisan food fair and vintage fair, and independent clothing designers too! Open from 10am to 6pm, entry for 16+ is £3 on the door, under 16s go … Read on