Writing Liverpool: Essays and Interviews

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Michael Murphy, Deryn Rees-Jones
Liverpool University Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
Featuring interviews and essays from the likes of Alan Bleasdale, Terence Davies, Linda Grant, Roger McGough, Willy Russell, Levi Tafari and Paul Du Noyer Writing Liverpool asks if there is a distinctive Liverpool literary voice, and if so, how it can be identified. The book locates Liverpool as a city with a complex literary and cultural heritage, charting its ongoing connections and affiliations with Ireland, Wales and the US as well as the importance of its working-class culture, particularly arising from its seafaring history. The introduction considers the ways in which Liverpool which, though central because of its status as second port of Empire, by the middle of the twentieth century was very much at the margins of British culture. Chapters explore poetry, novels, drama, TV drama and film from writers as diverse as James Hanley, Malcolm Lowry, J. G. Farrell, Beryl Bainbridge, Brian Patten, Linda la Plante and Ramsey Campbell, and demonstrate the remarkable strength and depth of creative talent in the city. Writing Liverpool will be required reading for anyone interested in Liverpool.
 

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Contents

Sounding Liverpool
1
George Garrett Merseyside Labour and the Influence of the United States
29
No Struggle but the Home James Hanleys The Furys
43
Paradise Street Blues Malcolm Lowrys Liverpool
55
Unhomely Moments The Fictions of Beryl Bainbridge
72
A Man from Elsewhere The Liminal Presence of Liverpool in the Fiction of JG Farrell
88
The Figure in the Carpet An Interview with Terence Davies
105
Every Time a Thing Is Possessed It Vanishes The Poetry of Brian Patten
117
Jumping Off An Interview with Linda Grant
160
Ramsey Campbells Haunted Liverpool
166
We Are a City That Just Likes to Talk An Interview with Alan Bleasdale
184
Culture Is Ordinary The Legacy of the Scottie Road and Liverpool 8 Writers
194
Ive Got a Theory about Scousers Jimmy McGovern and Lynda La Plante
210
Manners Mores and Musicality An Interview with Willy Russell
228
Subversive Dreamers Liverpool Songwriting Subversive Dreamers Liverpool Songwriting
239
Putting Down Roots An Interview with Levi Tafari
252

Finding a Rhyme for Alphabet Soup An Interview with Roger McGough
138
Rewriting the Narrative Liverpool Women Writers
145
Out of Transformations Liverpool Poetry in the Twentyfirst Century
265
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Deryn Rees-Jones is an Anglo Welsh poet, who lives and works in Liverpool.
Michael Murphy was senior lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University, the author of several academic books and collections of poetry and coeditor of 'Liverpool Writing: Essays and Interviews'.

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