The Malcolm Lowry centenary volume I’ve co-edited with Bryan Biggs of Liverpool’s Bluecoat arts centre is now published and, though we say it ourselves, it looks terrific. It includes twelve new pieces of writing (critical and creative) and some fabulous images from artists who have been influenced and inspired by Lowry. You can buy it from the well known online bookshop whose name begins with an A, or indeed from Liverpool University Press’s own website (click here). Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing for the centenary exhibition Under the Volcano at the Bluecoat, which will include visual art, film, and fascinating archival material relating to Lowry – described by biographer Gordon Bowker in his essay for our book as ‘probably the most neglected genius of modern English literature’. (Incidentally, Gordon’s excellent biography of Lowry, Pursued by Furies, out of print for some time, has now been made available in a print-on-demand edition by Faber.) The exhibition runs from 25 Sept till 22 Nov and highlights will include a ‘Lowry Day’ surrealist-style ‘derive’ and the opportunity to help construct a Day of the Dead altar – not to mention a specially brewed souvenir beer. It could all turn into a bit of a ‘too-loose Lowrytrek’, to quote the great man himself. Not to be missed.