Liverpool's centre for the contemporary arts

Who's blogging?

Latest post

Ways Of Knowing: New Dance and the importance of movement, creativity and learning for young children

published by The Bluecoat

INHABIT is Bluecoat’s three year programme of new & improvised dance with Liverpool Improvisation Collective, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn ...


Book Tickets

Tickets & Information

0151 702 5324 |

Support Us

For more information about how you can support the Bluecoat please visit the support us section

Stay up to date

From Dickens to Ginsberg - Deborah Mulhearn unveils Liverpool's literary histories

This summer Bluecoat presents three literary walks devised by local writer and journalist Deborah Mulhearn to reflect the literary histories of the city. The walks extend Bluecoat's year round programme of fiction and poetry out into the streets of Liverpool. 

From Dickens to Ginsberg, there is a rich history of famous authors with Liverpool links. 

Deborah Mulhearn, creator of Bluecoat's summer Literary Walks, said: “It's amazing how many writers were either born here or have connections, often because it was a seaport and a crossing point for millions of emigrants and immigrants. The walks are woven around their experiences and use literary themes - families, love, war, the sea, societal changes, travel and so on - with material from Liverpool-born writers but also those that passed through or lived here for a short while, and that could be anyone from famous authors to unknown diarists. The challenge was to create interesting walks that could evoke long gone lives, places and events.

“But there's no shortage of material - Liverpool has always inspired a great diversity of fiction, poetry, plays, biography, letters, journalism and more - we love the written and spoken word! I am always adding to the walks, too, with new research and also contemporary material because the city continues to inspire writers in inventive new ways.

“This is the fourth year of the Bluecoat literary walks. The walks are all based around Liverpool's literature, and came out of Mersey Minis, a set of books I produced which anthologised Liverpool's rich literary heritage through the centuries. I wanted to use the research I'd done for Mersey Minis to evoke the stories and lives of our city.”

Some of the writers referenced in walks are:

Radicals and Renegades - Adrian Henri, Allen Ginsberg, Ken Campbell, May Sinclair, Edward Rushton

Visiting Victorians - Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Margaret Oliphant, Arthur Hugh Clough, Henry James

Down to the Sea in Ships - John Masefield, Nicholas Monsarrat, James Hanley, Jack Kerouac, Beryl Bainbridge

The walks take place on the afternoon of the last Sunday of the month in June, July and August. They proceed at a gentle pace, on average 1.5 – 2 miles long, and take between 1.5 – 2 hours to complete.

Click here to find out more and book. 

Tags:What's Happening?

Related posts you may like


Be the first to leave a comment below...

Leave a comment

Welcome, Guest. Please or to have your say.

About the Bluecoat

Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. As the most ...

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sun 11.00am - 6.00pm

Tickets & Information

0151 702 5324 |

Tweets from @theBluecoat


Please use this form to tell us about your experience of our website.

There was an error with your details, please try entering them again.

Stay up to date

Subscribe to the Bluecoat free mailing list and we'll send you all the details of our new events

Log In

There was an error with your details, please try entering them again.