From Pitt Street to Granby

Liverpool is a city full of stories and next Tuesday evening I’ll be going to the launch of a new book that tells a few more. I can’t tell you any of the stories here because I don’t know what they are. But I do know that hearing them will deepen and change my own sense of this place, this Liverpool. So I wondered if you might like to come and hear them too?

From Pitt Street to Granby – Book Launch with Professor Mike Boyle, Tony Wailey and Madeline Heneghan

Venue: Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1XF
Time: 6.30pm (Doors 6pm)
Tickets: £4/£2

Here’s how they describe what their new book is about:

‘The book extends the themes of the best-selling What’s Your Granby Story?, with tales of laughter, tenacity and aspiration, featuring interviews and first-hand accounts and stories of how a community moved up the hill and stayed there tenaciously to live their lives and to illustrate the links and extent of Liverpool’s diverse maritime culture. This new volume traces the roots of the Liverpool 8 black and minority communities from its original home around Pitt Street, the original ‘Sailortown’ in the southern Liverpool docklands and its first moves towards Granby in the inter-war period.

Book here

I love ‘What’s Your Granby Story’, it’s beside me now on my shelf of essential Liverpool books, so of course I’m more than fascinated by this new volume.

But Pitt Street as a part of the Granby story hadn’t previously entered my head until I was told about this new work. Talking about it a couple of weeks ago with Tony Wailey, one of its authors, he told me about a file in Liverpool Central Library. A file full of pictures of Pitt Street. So I went and found it.

And here they are. Pitt Street, mostly around 1939 as it happens. Just at the end of the ‘inter-war period’ the book will talk about. I’ve no idea who took these beautiful photographs and I don’t know any of the stories of the place and how it links to Granby. But I will do, come next Tuesday evening.

Later in the Pitt Street file the street has changed.

Up the street there, and up the hill past the Cathedral, is Granby. So what’s the link? What are the stories?

From Pitt Street to Granby – Book Launch with Professor Mike Boyle, Tony Wailey and Madeline Heneghan

Venue: Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1XF
Time: 6.30pm (Doors 6pm)
Tickets: £4/£2

Book here

All part of ‘Crossing Borders’ the Writing on the Wall Festival 2018. Liverpool’s longest running literary festival, which has started this week. Programme and details here.

Talking of Granby, it’s the Street Market this Saturday 5th May. The story continues.

See you at both of these events?

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