Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Malcolm Lowry From the Mersey to the World

Last night at the birthday bash for Malc, Helen Tookey one of the editors of the above new book, told everyone gathered that the book had gone to the printers and was on course for publication in September 2009.

Helen also distributed a flyer detailing the contents:


"The voyage that never ends": Malcolm Lowry - from the Mersey to the world

Bryan Biggs and Helen Tookey

Malcolm Lowry: who he was and who I was and who I am
Ian McMillan (poet and broadcaster)

Lowry's Wirral
Colin Dilnot (Wirral-based artist/writer)

Elliptical journeys: Malcolm Lowry, exile and return
Cian Quayle (Manx artist/writer)

Lunatic city: Lowry's Lunar Caustic and New York
Michele Gemelos (University of Cambridge)

It is not Mexico of course, but in the heart.."
Alberto Rebollo (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

"Lowrytrek": towards a psychogeography of Malcolm Lowry's Wirral
Mark Goodall (University of Bradford)

No se puede vivir sin amar
Ailsa Cox (short-story writer/Edge Hill University)

"Eridanus, Liverpool": echoes and transformations at the edge of eternity
Annick Drösdal-Levillain (Strasbourg University)

Uxorius prose: Malcolm Lowry's October Ferry To Gabriola
Nicholas Murray (Liverpool-born writer)

The Malcolm Lowry Room
Michael Turner (Vancouver-based writer)

Malcolm Lowry's land
Robert Sheppard (poet and writer/Edge Hill University)

Malcolm Lowry: neglected genius
Gordon Bowker (literary biographer; author of Pursued by Furies: A Life of Malcolm Lowry).

You can order an advance copy from Liverpool University Press.

I am very pleased to be involved with the book and I must thank again Helen and Bryan for inviting me to contribute.

In my essay Lowry's Wirral, I have taken 3 aspects of Lowry's Wirral as examples of my on-going research into Lowry's Wirral. The 3 aspects are a detailed analysis of his birthplace 13 North Drive New Brighton, Lowry's first school Braeside in West Kirby and 103 Meols Drive, West Kirby, the former home of the Furniss family who Lowry based the Taskersons upon who feature in Under The Volcano.

I will also be delivering a lecture called Lowry's Merseyside as part of the Lowry Centenary Festival later this year at The Bluecoat, Liverpool. I will post more details of the festival events in the near future.

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