Writing Liverpool

The Boys from the Blackstuff. Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post and Echo The cast of Brookside. Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Everyman Theatre. Image courtesy of Liverpool John Moores University. Jimmy McGovern. Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Levi Tafari. Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

Liverpool's literary heritage is built on the spoken word. This exhibition looks at how writers have drawn on the city and particularly its love of storytelling to create world renowned drama and fiction.

The displays show how writers have found inspiration in Liverpool's turbulent history and how key works have changed national and international perceptions of the city.

Beginning with Liverpool's much-loved saga writers, the exhibition uses specially commissioned film and multimedia pieces to look at the amazing variety of literary works that have come out of the city in the last 50 years. Contributing writers include Jimmy McGovern, Alan Bleasdale, Phil Redmond and Willy Russell.

There are also displays on the pioneering work of the Everyman Theatre in the 1970s and 80s and poetry in the city, from the Mersey sound of the 60s to contemporary writers like Levi Tafari and Eleanor Rees.