to St George's Hall for the inaugural reading of 'The Liverpool Saga'
by Roger McGough. Pinched these pics from the beeb web site,
you'll see Ian and myself on the front row, well, at least I know it
was us! Roger McGough is the one on the stage! :0)
"I’m a Liver bird, verdigris and
They made me their emblem,
They made me rustproof
And I’ll not leave this city, cos I’m tied to the
I'm very proud
to be part of all this and Phil Redmond, who devised the project,
announced that eventually the poem will be put onto a brass plaque
which will be put into the Liverpool museum.
St. George's Hall is a beautiful building and the room we were in had a
magnificent chandelier, very 'Phantom of the Opera'.
Friday 14th Sept
to Liverpool to pick up a cple of tickets from Radio Merseyside to
see/hear Roger McGough read 'The Liverpool Saga', the 800 line poem
comprising submissions from local poets to celebrate Liverpool's 800th
birthday. I received an e-mail from Radio Merseyside on
for your submission to the Liverpool Saga. I am
delighted to be able to tell you that some of your contribution has
been used in this, the version which we plan to launch with Roger
McGough on Saturday 15th September.
You will be able to read the whole 800 lines atwww.bbc.co.uk/liverpool
asked two local poets to take on the task of reading through over three
thousand lines of verse and weaving words into eight hundred lines.
Sometimes a single line or even phrase has been used alongside another
submission, to create what we hope you will agree, is a lovely flowing
piece of literature.
We want to thank you for taking part in this initiative. Eventually
every entry will be placed on the web so that people could, if they
wished, devise their own eight hundred lines. There is a sense then
that this official launch represents only the first draft!
what next? We hope to record all eight hundred lines using local
voices, and we may be in touch to see if you would like to record your
lines as part of this oral rendition of the Saga.
Eventually the hope is that we can gift this version to the city in
perpetuity as a lyrical snapshot of the thoughts and ideas of poets in
We hope you enjoy reading the
Liverpool Saga, and thank you once again for taking part.
While we there we
dropped some more
cards off at 'News From Nowhere' and called into 'Leaf' a new tea
shop/coffee bar in Roscoe Lane, near St Luke's, and had lunch and
a chat with Natalie who runs the place. With a bit
they'll be stocking some cards, she just has to check with the owner,
Also popped in to the Bluecoat bookshop (opposite Radio Merseyside, in
Gostin's arcade) and picked up a copy of Richard E Grant's 'The Wah Wah
Diaries'. I've just finished his 'With Nails' and really
it, hope this one's as good.
We also called in to the Chinese supermarket in China Town and picked
up some seasoning as I'm going to attempt to recreate our favourite
takeaway dish 'salt and pepper chicken'. A fabulous aroma in
there and some weird, wonderful and colourful packets of things, will
have to go back and have another browse another time.
Popped into the Tate at the
and bumped into Jason, he runs the Wirral Ode Show and works at the
Tate. He very kindly gave us a cple of comps to see the Peter
Blake retrospective. I felt as if PB should do it for me but
didn't, Ian likes his work though and, of course, the famous Sgt
Peppers album cover was on show.
Afterwoods had a nice breakfast barm at one of the cafes at the dock
and then went to Lark Lane. Really nice, chilled out, boho
to it. Saw a really funky, gothic styled restaurant which
hopefully try out soon, 'Negresco'. Reminiscent of 'Interview
with the Vampire'. The gallery on Lark Lane have taken some
cards too, cool! A glass of vino in Keith's wine bar rounded
day off nicely.
Saturday 8th Sept
really love art cafes!
The Liverpool Art Cafe on West Derby Rd in Tuebrook has to go
down as one of my favourites, especially as they've taken some of my
Owned and run by Tom Murphy and his wife Catherine. Tom is a
famous Liverpool sculptor and his works can be seen all over
Liverpool; the John Lennon statue
at the airport, Bill Shankly with his arms outstretched at Anfield, the
Moores brothers which used to be outside Littlewoods, Billy Fury at the
Museum of Liverpool Life and several others.
Catherine is really welcoming, the food was great and it was just nice
and relaxed. I didn't want to move but we wanted to have a
with Tom and we found him just up the road at the 'Community Arts and
Heritage Festival' in the 'Hope centre'. Loved the paintings
Frank Hendry, especially his one of Liverpool during the blitz. and saw
more of Tom's work. Really enjoyed talking to Tom and hope to
him and Catherine again.
Then we dropped some cards off at the Lark Lane gallery and had another
glass of wine in Keith's wine bar. I do like Lark Lane :0)