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Writing On The Wall: WoWFest 2016 in May

WoWFest tickets available here, now.
DSC02296I’m sitting here in front of the Palm House, a beautiful place in Liverpool I hardly ever visit, thinking about how I should tell you about WoWFest 2016, taking place in Liverpool over the whole of May.

Sefton Park Palm House, nothing to do with WoWFest.

Sefton Park Palm House, nothing to do with WoWFest. Except it’s where I’m writing this.

Shall I tell you the headlines? Do it chronologically? Group it into themes, like comedy, social significance or science fiction? Or tell you the bits of it that most interest me and why? Or shall I just tumble into it and see where that takes us?

Obviously ‘just tumbling into it’ gets the vote. So here goes.

The WoWFest is Liverpool’s  longest running literary festival by a long way, this being its 17th year. It’s put on by Writing on the Wall who, if you’ve been paying attention (and if not..?) you’ll have read a fair bit about on here over the last year or so. Continue reading

Unveiling the Black Poppies

In remembrance of what happened.

In remembrance of what happened.

This year and last year, at the Tower of London and now at St George’s Hall in Liverpool we have been remembering those who fought in the Great War of 1914 to 1918.

At the Weeping Windows exhibition.

At the Weeping Windows exhibition.

Today in Liverpool I went to the unveiling of another exhibition that’s a part of Weeping Windows here and tells a story of those years and their aftermath that doesn’t often get told at all.

I have been to the Unveiling of the Black Poppies.

I have been to the Unveiling of the Black Poppies.

The main story tellers at this are Writing On The Wall, who you’ve met on here before working alongside us gathering the stories of Granby. Here’s what this story is about: Continue reading

Great Places, The Academy of Urbanism Awards

Great Street - 15A great day this last Friday, 6th November, celebrating fifteen of the places that are lighting up the ways we live now, Granby 4 Streets proudly amongst them. Ann, Hazel and me at The Academy of Urbanism Awards for 2016.

That's John Thompson on the left there, Honorary President of the Academy.

That’s John Thompson on the left there, Honorary President of the Academy.

Coucillor Ann O’Byrne, of course, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Hazel Tilley of Cairns Street, and me and Hazel both both Board members of the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust.

At the 9very0 Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

At the (very) Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

Now normally I loathe and avoid Awards ceremonies for reasons too bitter to besmirch a generally celebratory blogpost. But this was different. Continue reading

Glorious

Glorious - 14After the early Autumn sun
Had burned the early morning mist
From the streets of the city,
I walked along Huskisson Street
And photographed the great cathedral
Rising from behind the houses.
“Glorious” I thought,
“Simply glorious.” Continue reading

The Street Market, September 2015

Granby 4 Streets Market, 5th September 2015.

Granby 4 Streets Market, 5th September 2015.

Once again I did more talking than photography at Granby 4 Streets Market. No apologies for that. Such a joy to have so many friends in one street on a sunny late summer Saturday for the last Street Market of the summer season.

Late in the afternoon now, I’m only just in, so here are the best of the photos I took, with very few words of explanation needed. It was great and here’s why.September 15 Street Market - 1September 15 Street Market - 3 September 15 Street Market - 4 September 15 Street Market - 5 Continue reading

A Granby 4 Streets Poem

Cairns Street.

At the last Granby 4 Streets Market, local community organisation Writing in the Wall presented some of the work done at a series of events they’ve been running for us lately. These events were about people getting together and telling their Granby stories. Getting a shared sense of the history and the rich culture of the place as part of working on its future, specifically working towards what we’ll do with the Four Corners, where the shops used to be at the corners of Granby Street and Cairns Street.

Hazel Tilley, on the right here, in Cairns Street.

Hazel Tilley, on the right here, in Cairns Street.

Everything that was read was powerful and real and truly rooted in the place being written about. And one, this poem, struck me so powerfully at the time, painting such a vivid picture of what the Granby people have had to go through to get to where we are now, that I asked its writer if she’d let me publish it on here. She said yes.

 

A rant about the bins
(And how other people always seem to know the best way for us to live)
By Hazel Tilley

“So, houses are knocked down, because someone who’s never walked down Granby Street
knows how to improve our area, and the best way for us to live.
And people are moved out, because the shops are closing down
And the area’s neglected.
And the other people, the ones who know the best way for us to live, smell money
So, they ignore the history of each brick and slate and skirting board,
Of each life spent in each house. Continue reading