Posts tagged with 'poetry'
‘The Mersey Sound’ is a collection of poems by Liverpudlian poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri.
It was hugely successful when first published 50 years ago in 1967. Fueled by the craze for The Beatles and ‘Mersey Beat’, the ‘Liverpool Poets’ flourished.
Through their books and live recordings they cemented poetry within popular culture reaching a wider and younger audience than their predecessors and more traditional contemporaries. The book sold over 500,000 copies and it became one of the bestselling poetry anthologies of all time.
The poems are accessible and unpretentious. They touch on the ordinary and the extraordinary with all the flavour of a John Lennon lyric and open up a world of poetry which uses familiar words to tell illuminating stories. It was, and still remains, poetry for all people.
At the Museum of Liverpool we have a cherished selection of objects on display about the great Liverpool poets in the writers section of our Wondrous Place gallery including an original copy of ‘The Mersey Sound’. Read more…
16 March 2017 by Sophia
Inspired by my interest in the Liverpool Beat Poets and driven by my love of poetry, on Tuesday 21 March I will be celebrating World Poetry Day at the Museum of Liverpool with some special free events.
I will be taking a closer look at the poets who are featured in the Wondrous Place gallery at 11am and 1pm , delivering talks about Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri – the beat poets who shot to fame with the compelling poetry anthology book The Mersey Sound(1967) selling 500,000 copies. Read more…
7 March 2016 by Sam
Photographer Lee Karen Stow will travel to Washington DC soon as part of the continuing Poppies: Women and War. project. You can find out about the evolving project in her upcoming talk on Saturday 19 March, as part of our International Women’s Day events. Here she tells the story of some of the women she is going to meet: Read more…
24 February 2016 by Emma Walmsley
This year we held some creative writing workshops linked to the On the Waterfront exhibition at the Maritime Museum. The imaginative pupils from St Vincent de Paul Primary School have indeed come up trumps with their wonderful work produced in response to the exhibition at the Maritime Museum! After their very successful visit to the museum back in January, they followed up their new found knowledge of Liverpool’s maritime past with creative writing sessions back in the classroom with John Hughes from The Windows Project. Read more…
All good things must come to an end. Sunday 6 September is your last chance to visit (or revisit) the L8 Unseen exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.
Striking large-scale images taken by photographer Othello De’Souza-Hartley, sit alongside interactive displays that reveal the stories and experiences of a diverse range of people from the Liverpool 8 community. Read more…
30 May 2014 by Richard
Sadly, the great poet, author and activist Maya Angelou – born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928 has passed. She opened the Transatlantic Slavery gallery (predecessor to the International Slavery Museum) in 1994. Tony Tibbles, who later became the Director of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, worked closely on the development of the groundbreaking gallery and wrote an interesting article on how it came to be. He notes how they persuaded Maya Angelou to attend the opening and indeed we still have a plaque in our collection which marks this unique event. Read more…
19 November 2013 by Dawn
Recently we received a lovely letter from Ellesmere Port & Neston Live at Home Scheme, telling us how much they had enjoyed their trip and lunch at the Museum of Liverpool.
We were thrilled that they also shared a poem with us, written by one of their lunch club members, Roy Hammett: Read more…
29 August 2013 by Angela
Here’s a blog from Liverpool-based poet, Eleanor Rees who has been collecting stories and tales from visitors to our ‘Telling Tales’ exhibition.
22 April 2013 by Sam
Liverpool’s creative talent is celebrated in the displays and exhibitions at the Museum of Liverpool. One exhibition in particular has inspired a poetic response, as Claire Hunter, assistant curator of urban history, explains:
“We have had a very creative response to the ‘Liverpool Doors’ exhibition, which is currently on display at Museum of Liverpool.
‘Liverpool Doors’ is an artistic collaboration between legendary poet Roger McGough, book artist Mark Cockram and students from Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design. Doors from across the city were kindly donated to Roger in order to create this unique display of art and poetry. Read more…
16 March 2012 by Lucy
Tomorrow is one of my favourite days of the year (except for Christmas and Derby Day). It’s St Patrick’s Day, and if you’re not in Ireland, Liverpool really is one of the best places to celebrate.
The early 19th Century saw half a million Irish people settle in the city, and the country’s music and culture has thrived here ever since. So much so, that we have our own Irish Festival, which takes place in October each year. Read more…