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2019 Lowry Lounge Programme Overview

  • Sat, 02 Nov 2019
  • 11.00 AM - 8.30 PM

Malcolm Lowry2019 Lowry Lounge

Celebrating the writer Malcolm Lowry in Wirral and at Bluecoat.

Author of acclaimed 1947 modernist novel Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry (1909-57) was recently honoured with a blue plaque in his New Brighton birthplace, as part of Wirral Council’s year as Borough of Culture. Bluecoat’s annual Lowry Lounge takes place this year both on Wirral and at the arts centre. It involves a walking tour, illustrated talk and evening celebration involving poets, musicians and others.



Lowry Walking Tour, New Brighton

Wirral Lowry expert Colin Dilnot leads this circular walk of Lowry’s childhood haunts. Assemble at the blue plaque on the sea wall, New Brighton Promenade, opposite Marine Point security office. Stopping at several locations significant to Lowry, this walk will not be strenuous.

The walk is free, but spaces are limited. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Malcolm Lowry: From the Wirral to the World, Williamson Art Gallery, Slatey Road, Birkenhead CH 43 4UE

Poet Helen Tookey and Bluecoat’s Artistic Director Bryan Biggs present an illustrated talk taking symbolic images and local landmarks from Lowry’s Wirral that connect to his writing and later life, including lighthouses, golf courses, ships, music, drinking, Thurstaston’s sandstone outcrop, the Dee Estuary and Paradise ‘lost and found’.

Free; just turn up

Further info: Visit the Williamson Art Gallery website, or call them on 0151 6663537


The Lowry Lounge 2019, Bluecoat

This year’s Lounge reflects on the past decade of activities, with contributions from some of the people involved in these annual events – writers, academics, musicians, fans – including Cian QuayleAlan PetersJohn Hyatt and Bryan Biggs. Short story writer Ailsa Cox and poet Robert Sheppard present new creative works reimagining Lowry in relation to cinema and the Isle of Man. Poet Helen Tookey draws parallels between Lowry and North American writer Elizabeth Bishop, who, like Lowry, lived in coastal Canada and for whom place, sound and memory were key. There will be a display of images from the Lounges, news about forthcoming Lowry events and the launch of the latest occasional journal dedicated to the writer, The Firminist. A Lowry disco provides musical interludes and the evening ends with a customary toast to the writer.

Tickets: £6/£4

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