Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Liverpool and Literature. . .
In celebration of the opening of the new Central Library and World Book Day, Liverpool is hosting tons of literary events all over the city throughout April and May. In Other Words is a literary festival that includes readings, lectures, literary walking tours and all sorts of interactive events. You can download the brochure here (on the sidebar at the right). It's overwhelming how many things are going on and I'll definitely be trying to get to as much as possible, culminating with Light Night on May 17th when the library officially reopens AND the LOOK/13 International Photography Festival opens AND the Queen Mary 2 will be in dock. It's all very exciting.
One of the events I'll be volunteering at is a three-day marathon reading of Moby Dick at the Maritime Museum (I'm just doing fifteen minutes of it). Dubbed Moby on the Mersey, there will be several events celebrating Melville's relationship with Liverpool. He visited the city in 1839 when he was twenty years old and used his experiences in the writing of his novel Redburn, which I now need to read.