Introducing… the Lowry lounge

May I draw your attention to the forthcoming Lowry Lounge event at the Bluecoat arts centre in Liverpool, Friday 29th October, 7.30pm, free entry. This follows on from last year’s successful programme of events to celebrate the centenary of Wirral-born novelist Malcolm Lowry, which included an exhibition at the Bluecoat and a new book, Malcolm Lowry: from the Mersey to the World, co-edited by Bryan Biggs and me and published by LUP. The Lowry Lounge will be hosted by the Firminists, a loose collective of Lowry enthusiasts with participants from the universities of Liverpool, Edge Hill, Bradford and Cuernavaca, among other places; we aim to act as a Merseyside-based focal point for research and creative work connected to or inspired by Lowry.

The event will include some or all of the following: info about new research projects we are developing; readings of creative work from Robert Sheppard and Ailsa Cox; striking new photographs from Our Man in Cuernavaca; music from the wilder shores of Bryan Biggs’ record collection; and the launch of the first issue of a new ‘occasional publication’ about Lowry, The Firminist. Plus, there will be an imperative to hoist a few tall cool ones (as Raymond Chandler might put it), to ensure that the takings from the bar cover the room-hire fee.

If you’re in the neighbhourhood, why not come along to what promises to be an eclectic and entertaining event.