Reading and Music at our AGM

Our Annual General Meeting today, at the Victoria Gallery & Museum, was livelier than in previous years as it was preceded by readings from our 100 Pictures-100 Pages project.  Alan Thomas opened the readings with his rendition of Lord Derby’s speech to the Liverpool Pals followed by his poem Bert and his story Kill or Be Killed.  Graham Scott read his poems Shot at Dawn and A Pal’s Tale – and his stories Me and the Park and I Prefer Not To.  Readings of poems were also given by Suzanne Dowse, Brenda Roberts, Julia Price, Pauline Rowe and Janet McAdam with a short story from Peter de Lane and music from John Rowe who treated us to Ralph McTell’s Maginot Waltz and Eric Bogle’s The Green Fields of France.  This was a fitting way to start a review of last year’s work as our Heritage Lottery Funded World War 1 project will form such a large part of our work through to 2015.  Julia Price also presented her 100 Years collage inspired by the project.  It will have pride of place at our drop-in advice session (1pm – 3 pm) at the Bluecoat for Merseyside Literature Partnership’s Off the Page festival on Saturday 18th October.

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