Peaceful Warrior at Red Brick Vintage

dsc05985I didn’t take many photos at Peaceful Warrior on Thursday night as I spent so much time standing up with my mouth open, but fortunately Liverpool photographer Jane MacNeil was also there and has kindly sent me some of her photos, now added and credited.

First, getting things ready.

With Jayne, getting the supplies for the evening.

With Jayne, getting the supplies for the evening.

Jan from Red Brick with Catherine Dalton hanging her as yet untitled fabric piece, specilly done for tonight.

Jan from Red Brick with Catherine Dalton hanging her fabric piece, specially done for tonight.

Beautiful work Catherine.

‘Untitled’ by Catherine Dalton. Beautifully done.

Several Jayne Lawless pieces are hung around the room.

Several Jayne Lawless pieces are also hung around the room.

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Just about ready.

Just about ready.

Everyone at Red Brick's worked hard during the day creating the performance space for tonight.

Everyone at Red Brick’s worked hard during the day creating the performance space for tonight.

Peaceful Warrior.

Peaceful Warrior.

In this beautiful place.

In this beautiful place.

Full of interest!

Full of interest!

Welcome in.

Welcome in.

Catherine's daughter Eliza is here to help, blue tongue and all.

Catherine’s daughter Eliza is here to help, blue tongue and all.

My daughter is here too. And this is Clare's daughter Ellie looking happy and at peace in a wonderful place. Photo by Jane MacNeil.

My daughter Clare is here too. And this is her daughter Ellie looking happy and at peace in a wonderful place. Photo by Jane MacNeil.

A queue forms for Jessica Doyle's Wild Loaf pizza.

A queue forms for Jessica Doyle’s Wild Loaf pizza.

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Amy and Rosanna from the ‘Old Hardware Shop’ vegan café in Woolton have also brought their lovely cakes. (Though I somehow manage not to eat any or even take a photograph.)

Jane does though! Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Jane does though! Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Inside the room is filling up.

Inside the room is filling up.

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Me and Jayne get the films section of the event going.

Me and Jayne get the films section of the event going.

Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Before only the third showing of the Jayne Lawless and Janet Brandon film ‘Without These Walls’ we show another film about the effect of housing ‘market’ renewal, made by Sarah Horton and I before the Granby 4 Streets houses were renovated. Afterwards we all discuss the films and the issues addressed in them while Jayne and Janet’s ‘The Ghost Mural’ of lost Granton Road flickers behind us. Jayne says:

“We all have to respond to things, stop wrong things happening over and over in our own ways. I’m an artist so it’s natural that I responded to what happened to my family and community with my art. But we all need to find our own ways, us makers, bakers, builders and doers. Us peaceful warriors.”

Then it’s performance time. First, everyone out into the courtyard for Katumba.dsc05979 dsc05985 dsc05986 dsc05987 dsc05988 dsc05989 dsc05992 dsc05995 dsc06000

Wow. Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Wow. Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Simply wonderful. A friend who’s had to leave after the films later tells me she could hear the drums all the way up Upper Parliament Street! A carnival for the people.

Back inside Liverpool novelist Deborah Morgan, with her friend Chris, performs an extract from her new play.

Back inside Liverpool novelist, playwright and poet Deborah Morgan, with her friend Chris, performs an extract from her new play.

This is called ‘Punters’ and will be on at the Unity Theatre next May.

Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Then Deb returns to thinking about homes in a couple of poems.

Then Deb returns to thinking about homes in a couple of poems.

This one, she says, was ‘inspired by Jayne.’

‘Erased’ by Deborah Morgan

“Years ago, I polished stones in this street,
took them from the ground into our kitchen;
soaked them in soapy water.


Traced each ripple with a fingertip, rub-dried them inside the old towel Mum used to dye her hair.
Arranged them back on the earth in a pattern;


Pulled up weeds that grew in seamless spaces.
Why shouldn’t our pavements have sparkle and style? 

But now, my old street is dying: windows smashed
walls crushed to dust. It happened so slowly,
ten years it took for everything to disappear.

I shout at the wide mouth of the excavator.
What the hell? Why are you doing this?

He’s surrounded by metal, the man, and falling
bricks. He can’t hear me, as he rubs out my street,
staring straight ahead, so he doesn’t have to look at me.

Across the other side of the city,
somebody takes out a pen,
says our street finally ticks all the boxes.


They can shut down the file,
order a coffee from Costa,
bring the matter to an end.”

Before our final performance piece Juliana from Katumba and I discuss ‘carnival’ and she explains its origins as one of the reactions of the people of Brazil when being surpressed by a military dictatorship.

Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Next and last up it's Collecta, with another piece done specially for tonight.

Next and last up it’s Collecta, with another piece done specially for tonight.

Brothers Tom 'butcha b' and Harper 'Doops man' Danns perform 'What is a Peaceful Warrior?'

Brothers Tom ‘butcha b’ and Harper ‘Doops man’ Danns perform ‘What is a Peaceful Warrior?’

Here it is:

“Now what is a peaceful warrior to you, are they tall or slim, from space or the zoo,
I’ve had a look around & I’ve found a few,
I feel to stick around I feel it’s the right thing to do.


So what is a home when you’re in & out of other’s?
With no four walls to call your’s you discovered,
That inside, outside, you can be a king,
With no crown of sorts, just a give that you bring,
Now cracks can show you’re only human my brother & sister
You can be queen, were equally covered!
By cosmos, universe, the green grass carpet, the soil the water, the grit the grind!!

Now what is a peaceful warrior to you, are they tall or slim, from space or the zoo,
I’ve had a look around & I’ve found a few,
I feel to stick around I feel it’s the right thing to do.”

With rhythm help from Juliana of Katumba.

With rhythm help from Juliana of Katumba.

Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Photo by Jane MacNeil.

Well done all.

Well done all.

A simply wonderful night!

A simply wonderful night!

Full of happy people!

Full of happy people!

Jayne’s next showing of ‘Without These Walls’ will be during the coming week in Slovakia as part of The Bridgeguard Residency Project.

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