Liverpool Arts Diary: November 2016

Being Human Festival (Facebook page)

Being Human Festival (Facebook page)

As the nights draw in, Getintothis’ Cath Bore finds that Liverpool’s cultural happenings remain busy.

Liverpool’s busy with book signings this month, we’re on the early run up to Christmas, after all – alongside festivals incorporating film and theatre. We picked out November’s best bits.


The Rise and Fall of the Hamburger Queen (Photo credit: Facebook page)

  • Homotopia: various venues, throughout November. 

This November, the Homotopia festival celebrates its 13th year with a programme of theatre, dance, exhibitions, film, cabaret and live art.This year’s line-up includes standup Zoe Lyons with her new show Little Misfit; a stunning dance and physical theatre Triple Bill and Birmingham Rep present the theatre production  Looking for John created and performed by Tony Timberlake. Exhibitions include Andrew Fekete: Out of Time and at FACT I Am For You Can Enjoy is an ongoing multimedia collaboration between Khalil West and Ajamu and You Are Here is a new pop up exhibition at Tate Liverpool. The award winning Penny Arcade brings her double award winning show Longing Lasts Longer; standout of last year’s Scratch & See, Ashleigh Owen, charts the The Rise and Fall of the Hamburger Queen; DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska chair a panel for this year’s debate Forbidden Lives while festival favourite David Hoyle returns with some very special friends.

For the full programme go here.

The Magnetic North at Liverpool Central Library

The Magnetic North at Liverpool Central Library

  • The LovetoRead Selfie Weekend: your local library, November 5 – 6

Everyone loves libraries, or so they say. Too bad the presumption all too often is that libraries exist for poor people, those on benefits or with small children or the elderly, when in fact there is something going on in there for everyone. The LovetoRead Selfie Weekend seeks to celebrate reading in libraries across the country. Customers, celebrities and library staff will be holding up their book of choice and recommending it, picking an emoji face and/or a caption that shows how it makes them feel, and/taking a selfie and sharing it, using the hashtags #Libraries and  #LovetoRead

Additionally, there is a #LovetoRead Online Poll open now, running until November 30. Put together by the Society of Chief Librarians, the search for the UK’s favourite read is on. Submit your title and in just a few words, say why your choice is the best book ever… Vote here


  • AD Garrett In Conversation with DCI Helen Pepper Waterstones Liverpool ONE, November 11.

Best-selling crime writer A.D.Garrett to discuss her latest novel Truth Will Out will be forensic advisor and Senior Lecturer in Policing Helen Pepper, who is also a Forensic Scientist and CSI. In this, the third book in the Professor Nick Fennimore and DCI Kate Simms series, a mother and daughter are snatched on their drive home from a cinema. The crime has a number of chilling similarities to a cold case Fennimore had been lecturing on.

A very special treat for all dedicated fans of crime fiction, there will even be a “crime scene” set up for you with some skilfully crafted clues for you to look out for…

More details here.

Also at Waterstones Liverpool One, on Dec 1, Thorne author Mark Billingham will be in conversation with Liverpool’s very own Luca Veste.

Being Human Festival (Facebook page)

Being Human Festival (Facebook page)

  • Being Human Festival: Hope & Fear: various venues, November 17-25.

The Unversity of Liverpool’s week long festival about what it means to be human has a day long celebration of mermaids, and the mythology surrounding them. There is also Connecting Cultures: British Women Explorers, investigating how explorer Mary Kingsley first sights the coast of West Africa in 1893. It looks at the roles Kingsley and other British women explorers played in overcoming fears of cultural and racial difference and offering hope for cross-cultural understanding in an increasingly interconnected world.

The human zoo is the display of one group of people by another, for the purposes of entertainment, education or propaganda, and is examined via an exhibition, films, talks and discussions at The Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre.

The festival will flag up the popularity of ghost stories. FACT will be screening a short film, Holmewood, followed by a Q&A led by representatives from the University, FACT and the filmmakers before opening out into a ‘free-spirited’ public discussion where you can tell your own ghost stories.

The full schedule for the Being Human Festival are available here.




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