The Lowry Lounge 2011

Following the Bluecoat's celebration of Malcolm Lowry in 2009, the arts centre staged the first Lowry Lounge in 2010, an evening of activities exploring and celebrating the writer's life and work. In 2011 the second Lounge took place as part of the Bluecoat's Chapter & Verse literature festival and was an all-day event.

15 October 2011

It started with a walking tour around Liverpool city centre led by Colin Dilnot, revealing locations mentioned in Lowry’s ‘lost’ novel In Ballast to the White Sea. The afternoon programme at the Bluecoat included a poetry reading by Helen Tookey and talks from French Lowry scholar Annick Drösdall-Levillain and by Michael Carson about the Lowry plaques he'd surreptitiously inserted into New Brighton’s public realm. The second edition of the occasional Lowry publication, The Firminist was launched and Miguel Mota's film After Lowry was introduced by Ailsa Cox.

Earlier in the year on 31 August, at the invitation of Omar Kholeif, Programme Producer at FACT, the Bluecoat’s Artistic Director, Bryan Biggs gave an introduction to John Huston's 1984 film of Under the Volcano before its screening there.