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Roger: My name is Roger McGough and I'm here at LJMU, Liverpool John Moores University, as you can see, in the workshop where we''ve been making these wonderful doors as a project that came about when David Fleming from the Museum of Liverpool invited me to put some poems into the new museum. I was in a pub, I never ever go into pubs, but I found myself in a pub with a friend of mine called Mark Cockram.

Mark: Hi, my name is Mark Cockram. I'm a designer book binder and artist and I'm working with Roger on the Liverpool Doors project. Over a couple of pints of beer in our local we eventually came up with the idea of using a big book. Well how big could we make the book? And after maybe a sherry or two we decided that we could make them as big as a door. Then I realised that in the history of the book, the diptych, monotych, polyptych, triptychs from the Romano-British period for example, were made from wood and doors are made from wood. So it seems a very logical step to me. So hence a book binder working with doors, working with a poet.

Roger: I decided then to not only have my poems in the exhibition but the poems from people of Liverpool.

Linda: I'm Linda Jones and I am a History of Art and Museum student. I got involved with the project because I was interested in the concept of an artist working with a poet within the museum space. I've been involved with the Fine Art group and we've been assigned about three or four doors which we were asked to paint.

Michaela: Hi I'm Michaela Barklie and I study Graphic Arts at JMU. Working with Roger and Mark was great. Basically they put their input in and we put our input in, which seems to work quite well really because you get all kinds of ranges of skills.

Roger: The idea of this 'Liverpool Doors' was not only to use the doors as pages for poems of mine but also to restore some of the doors of Liverpool that have memories for me.

Linda: This is my favourite door because it's Arthur Dooley's door from his studio.

Michaela: This is a door that me and my group did and it's the Everyman Bistro door, so it's taken from the Everyman Theatre.

Mark: The majority of work that we've done on the doors, it's handwritten. So in a way these are unique manuscripts, never to be repeated. They are unique objects in their own right and that's very very special. Yeah I'm pleased to be working on this with Roger and the students and everybody, it's been great fun.

Roger: I rather hope it might appeal to people, particularly in Liverpool. A lot of jokes and funny things to remember hopefully. I hope they come in inquisitive and go away with a smile on their face.

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Roger McGough next to doors with poetry on them