Published in May 1967, this influential collection of poetry by Roger McGough, Adrian Henri and Brian Patten is one of the biggest selling poetry anthologies in the world. To commemorate 50 years since its original publication, Edge Hill students are hosting a day-long poetry event on 25th May as part of Tonight at Noon, a city-wide series of events celebrating the legendary Liverpool poets.
Happening Tonight: Echoes of The Mersey Sound will feature readings from The Mersey Sound alongside original work that responds to the collection and is inspired by the zeitgeist of the period. Students will be joined by established names from the world of contemporary poetry, including Edge Hill’s Robert Sheppard, Patricia Farrell, Tom Jenks and Mark Greenwood, who will be reading their own work I should think, but also possibly performing their favourite pieces from the anthology.I will be reading my own Merseysound related work.
Bill Bulloch, the organiser, who is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Edge Hill, said:
Being involved with the celebration is a real privilege. The Mersey Sound inspired me to become a writer and, 50 years on, still resonates as clearly now for me as a scouser and a poet. It will be great to be able to perform in the footsteps of my literary heroes.”Tonight at Noon, named after the first Adrian Henri poem in the collection, is a series of exhibitions and events designed to shine a spotlight on a piece of work which captured the mood of the Sixties and brought poetry down from the shelf to the street. Running from Wednesday 12 April to Saturday 15 July, it forms a key part of Liverpool’s 67-17: 50 Summers of Love celebrations.