Apologies to all the excellent educational events and performances that we have not had time to cover in depth, but you can find more about them all by phoning the festival or the venue, see map of events for details.



Introduction to Writing Film Scripts

WORKSHOP
10–1pm, Egerton House
Writer: Mark Gee
£2/ £3
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Introduction to Creative Writing for Schools
PRESENTATION FOR LIBRARIANS & TEACHERS
11–12.30pm, Central Library
Writer: Alan Gibbons

FREE
Librarians and teachers wil be interested in this workshop on how to introduce creative writing to childrens groups. Alan will highlight how to attract writers to schools and how to get the best out of the children.
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Creative Writing for Children
WORKSHOP
2–3pm, Central Library
Writer: Alan Gibbons
FREE
Children will be inspired to start writing their own stories once they received the top tips on creative writing from Alan Gibbons. This workshop is most applicable to 8-12 year olds looking to express themselves through their writing.
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The Modern Meaning of Madness
TALK WITH Q&A
6.30–7.30pm, Glaxo Neurological Centre
Writer: Clare Dudman
£3/£5
In the early nineteenth century a diagnosis of insanity generally meant barbaric treatment in an asylum. Dr Heinrich Hoffmann, the progressive superintendent of the Frankfurt asylum, fought for reform - and was also the author of a famous children's book called SHOCKHEADED PETER. This talk will show how these two aspects of his life can be linked - the basis of Clare Dudman's new novel 98 REASONS FOR BEING.
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The Publisher and the Published

INFO/ADVICE/READINGS
6.30–8pm, Kuumba Imani Centre
Writers: Grace Jolliffe and Margaret Murphy
FREE
Emma Hargrave from publisher Tindle Street Press will be questioning newly published author Grace Jolliffe (Piggy Monk Square) and established author Margaret Murphy (latest novel, The Dispossessed) about their personal experiences of getting published - the best and worst moments. She will also speak about what she looks for and how she develops manuscripts and promotes them. There will be readings from both authors and a chance for questions.
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Poetry Evening
READINGS
7.30–9.30pm, Quiggins Cafe
Writer: James Davidson
£2.50





Writing Challenges
WORKSHOP
2–5pm, Croxteth Hall
Writer: Dave Evans
£2/ £3
Burning to write a short story, novel or play but not sure how to begin? Already started but stuck or blocked? A fluent writer but unsure of your subject? Why not join this informal and down-to-earth session on the theory and practice of fiction? It will be led by David Evans, playwright, prize-winning short story writer and novelist. David, an experienced creative writing tutor, helped to found inner city writers' workshops in Liverpool. Pen and paper and the urge to write is all you'll need.
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Queer Things Happen at Sea
TALK
6–7.30pm, Unity Theatre
Writer: Jo Stanley
£3/ £5
From at least 1940-1985 passenger ships were the main places where gay men could be ouot and camp; it was almost de rigeur for stewards to be gay. This talk explores the history of this halcyon period using stories and photos gathered from gay seafarers.

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Comma Shorts
READINGS
7–8pm, Unity Bar Two
Writer: Comma Shorts: David Constantine & Others
FREE
Comma Press - new short fiction collective – presents three of the best short story writers in the UK today. David Constantine is widely respected as a poet and translator; his poetry has been short-listed for the Whitbread and Forward prizes, and he has previously won first prize in the Popescu European Poetry Translation Award. He is also visiting lecturer at Liverpool University. Tonight, though, he reads from his first full collection of short stories – Under the Dam (published by Comma this month). Penny Feeny has had stories published in Route's Naked City and Comma's Bracket anthology, she also features in the forthcoming Liverpool Stories Two. Charlotte Allan is an actress and theatre director, who's first story featured in Liverpool Stories One.
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Nelson: Hero or Villain?
DISCUSSION
8–10.30pm, Unity Theatre
Writer: Barry Unsworth
£3/ £5
Was Horatio Nelson the greatest naval commander the world has known or was he a ruthless opportunist indifferent to the welfare of his sailors? Who better to examine these and other questions than Booker prizewinner Barry Unsworth, author of the astonishing novel Losing Nelson? Barry will read from his book and invite discussion of the issues raised by it and by Nelson’s controversial life
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Sacred Hoop: Finding Families
READINGS
7–9pm, Kuumba Imani Centre
FREE
Writer: Muhammad Khalil and Martin Glyn
Muhammad will be reading excerpts from Sacred Hoop, an urbanfolk tale about the only 2 weeks, in his life, that he spent with his father. He covers the events leading up to meeting him, tracking him to Austin Texas after a 40 year gap. His father died in 2003 which led to Muhammad writing about this important journey that will never be made again.

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The Raging Sea: A Storm from King John to John Lennon

TALK
2–4pm, Baltic Fleet
Writer: Tony Wailey and Steve Higginson
£3
A new view of Liverpool 'from below' rooted in a Liverpool seafarer tradition. Speeding through the centuries from when Liverpool first got its charter from King John through to the Merseybeat and Beatles era.

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A Touch of The Sun

BOOK LAUNCH
5–7pm, Hemingways
Writer: Dave Evans
FREE
Dave Evans, winner of the Crocus North West Novel competition, reads from A touch of the Sun - a personal and political coming of age thriller set against the background of apartheid South Africa. 'A reminder of Orwell at his best' Jimmy McGovern, 'A novel of rare distinction' Barry Unsworth.

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Love and Sex at Sea
TALK
8–9.30pm, Unity Theatre
Writer: Jo Stanley
£3/£5

It's remarkable but people fall headlong in love on ships, often, and often with the most unsuitable person aboard. Call it sea fever, call it liner love, call it plain bizarre. Hear the stories of silly romances, almost marriages, briny fllings and torrid fantasies from 1900-1970, the heyday of glamorous cruising.
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The Poetics of a Port City
The Unveiling of the TEMP Manifesto

TALK
7–9pm, Unity Theatre
£3
Writers: Tony Wailey and Steve Higginson
Hauling to the surface a new view of Liverpool popular culture from below. If Marlon Brando thought he was a contender in the 1954 film 'On the Waterfront', Liverpool has always had thousands of contenders; writers, poets, singers and dancers
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Sacred Hunger
LECTURE/READING/Q&A
2pm, Maritime Museum
Writer: Barry Unsworth
FREE
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Storytelling
WORKSHOP
2–4pm, Central Library
Writer: Christopher Gilmore
FREE
All stories are better brought to life. Especially you own, all made up on the spur of the moment with others. ACTIVE means role-play, using mime and some props. STORYTELLING with twelve-year-olds upwards. Including popular tales like Cinderella done as a silent film; fables about funny family pets; nail-biting cliffhangers that need a natty, surprising solutions. Please bring your delight in the magic of imagination. Yours! Christopher Gilmore, actor, playwright and author of TALKING BOOKS has acted in Liverpool and on TV. He now runs 'playshops' all round the world on a variety of themes including Page to Stage; Creative Philosophy, Starchildren and Dancing with Dolphins.

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Somali Womens's Group & 'Fathers & Sons'
DVDS & DISCUSSION
6–7.30pm, Unity Theatre
Writer: Joseph Cooper
£3/£5
Video Journalist Joseph Cooper (Pertier Media) has been commissioned to document various Somali projects in Liverpool. Joseph will screen some of his work depicting how Somali culture is being preserved within the Somali communities in Liverpool. The work also highlights some of the pressures faced by young people within Somali communities in Britain. There will be a panel to discuss the films and issues raised.
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Asylum Seekers & Refugees
EXHIBITION/DVD & DISCUSSION
8–9.30pm, Unity Theatre
Writers: Carl Hunter and Dave Jacques
£3/£5
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Apologies to all the excellent community events and performances that we have not had time to cover in depth, but you can find more about them all by phoning the festival or the venue.