Bluecoat, Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre, has celebrated the life and work of Merseyside-born writer Malcolm Lowry (1909-57) every year since 2009, when it staged an exhibition, Under the Volcano (1947) – its title taken from Lowry’s famous novel – and a programme of events on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Williamson has become involved in 2018, following on from the successful exhibition earlier in the summer from photographer, Cian Quayle “Detours and dislocations” – in the footsteps of Malcolm Lowry.
This year’s Lowry Lounge on the 27th of October, will have a musical focus and is in two parts: the first is at the Williamson Art Gallery. Lowry had his first taste for adventure in 1927 when he sailed as a deckhand from Birkenhead Docks to the Far East, a voyage that informed his first novel, Ultramarine. There will be an introductory illustrated talk focusing on his Wirral origins, as well as his sea-faring, also at the Williamson.
The second part of the Lounge is at Bluecoat, where there will be a screening of The Lighthouse Invites the Storm, a film of a music performance commissioned last year from artists Alan Dunn, Martin Heslop and Jeff Young that reconnected Lowry with his New Brighton birthplace, and was developed in collaboration with retired seafarers from Wallasey. An illustrated talk by Mark Goodall, Symphony of Scorpions: Malcolm Lowry and Modern Jazz, will examine the relationship between jazz and Lowry’s writings, paying particular attention to the work of British Jazz composer and writer Graham Collier (1937-2011). This will be followed by an ‘Open Malc’ session, with musical, poetic and other live contributions from the floor, made in response to Lowry. The evening will conclude with a volcanic disco and the customary toast to Wirral’s greatest writer.
2-4pm at Williamson Art Gallery, Slatey Road, Birkenhead CH43 4UE
6-9pm at Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
Williamson – Free, no booking required
October 27, 2018