The scandalous decay of a brilliant representation of Liverpool’s radical past

The Mick Jones mural in the Old Blind School Do the walls of a derelict building hold the memories of those who once inhabited its rooms?  Recently I visited the old Merseyside Trade Union Community and Unemployed Resource Centre building at the top of Hardman Street which has been opened up for a Biennial exhibition. I wasn’t there for the art … Continue reading The scandalous decay of a brilliant representation of Liverpool’s radical past

Arundel Avenue’s Quaker burial ground: a secret garden hidden from view

I must have walked past the narrow, gated alleyway on Arundel Avenue a thousand times before I even noticed it.  When I did, and saw the small plaque which explained that beyond the gate there lay a Quaker Burial Ground, I never imagined so large a space lay down the narrow passage.  On Sunday, as the result … Continue reading Arundel Avenue’s Quaker burial ground: a secret garden hidden from view

News from Nowhere: a triumph of patience and hope

If you live in Liverpool, love books and are radically inclined, you will be familiar with News from Nowhere, the iconic bookshop that has survived recessions, fascist attacks, and the decimation of independent book retailing by online tax-evaders.  On Sunday I attended an inspiring event at the Bluecoat to celebrate the astonishing fact that News from Nowhere, 40 years … Continue reading News from Nowhere: a triumph of patience and hope