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Wirral Earth Fest….worth going over the water for!


Wirral Earth Fest Announces Musical Line Up for Festival in West Kirby 12 & 13 September

The second Wirral Earth Fest returns for some good green fun on September 12th for an evening time launch and continues on September 13th with a day of music, food & drink, workshops, children’s activities and more besides. With two weeks to go until the festival takes place it’s time to announce the music based content of the festival, following a very successful first year in 2013.
The festival will launch on the evening of September 12th with the premiere performance of a specially commissioned multi-media musical performance for the festival from Operation Lightfoot. The composition, entitled Midgard, will feature special guest vocalist Kaya Herstad-Carney and noted Liverpool based experimental artist Silent Cities among others and will set the festival off in just the right spirit. Be sure not to miss it!  
Inspired by the Hogback Stone, located inside the venue for the performance, St Bridget’s Church, West Kirby, it will be a must see for those with an interest in  the local history of the Wirral and West Kirby’s natural surrounds.  Luke Moore of Operation Lightfoot said: “I am very excited to be composing a new musical work especially for the launch of Wirral Earth Fest this year.  When I initially visited St Bridget’s church, I was fascinated by the story behind the Hogback burial stone on display there and it became a jumping off point for the rest of the process.  The piece’s title is ‘Midgard’, which was one of nine worlds in Viking mythology and the only one in which humans lived.  I can’t give too much away, but the piece will use the space within the church in a particularly interesting way.”
The main festival day on the 13th September will feature two stages and showcase a selection of local and Merseyside based artists over the course of the day. Artists set to feature include award winning Liverpool based singer-songwriter Thom Morecroft (Best solo artist in the Liverpool Musicians Awards 2014), Jo Bywater (FATEA Awards winner for Best EP in 2013), experimental artist Silent Cities, the very unique one man band of Kenny & the Energy and many more artists.
Returning artists include Jim Pearson, Creaky Bones, Herringbone John and Shindig. There will also be another chance to catch Midgard inside the beautiful setting of St Bridget’s Church.
Full list of confirmed artists:
Shindig, Ellipses, Steve Khan, Vernon Fuller, Ukulele Fantastics, The Kirk Owls, Jim Pearson ,Coast, Herringbone John, Katie McLoughlin, Creaky Bones, Thom Morecroft, Jo Bywater and Kenny &The Energy with more to be announced over social media closer to the festival.
As with last year, our host for the day will be John Gorman (The Scaffold) with some surprise appearances to be revealed on the day of the festival.
Wirral Earth Fest will take place over Friday 12th evening and Saturday 13th September over St Bridget’s Church and fields from 10am to 4pm. Entrance to the festival is free. With an estimated 3000 visitors in the first year of the festival in 2013, this year’s festival looks to be an excellent chance to enjoy music and much more on a perfect family day out.

Closing the libraries


Extremely well considered blog post on the heartbreaking decisions ahead for our wonderful libraries

Originally posted on a sense of place:

Well the news is in and the news isn’t good. On 15th August a proposal will go to the meeting of Liverpool City Council in the Town Hall to close eleven of our nineteen libraries.

Liverpool Central Library

Liverpool Central Library

Before I list those threatened and those to stay, a bit of context from when I attended one of the public consultation events back in May. I wrote then:

“Liverpool gets 76% of its funding from Central Government. And they’re going to cut this by half by 2016/17.

Therefore the City Council has been forced to decide to cut its mandatory services, including libraries, by 25%. And its discretionary services, like sports and culture, by 50%. In the case of libraries this will mean an annual budget of £10m being reduced by £2.5m.

The Council has been running a survey (which I’ve written about before) to gather facts and opinions about…

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Walking in the Footsteps of Giants: Being a Lilliputian – Paul’s story

Paul getting ready to swing off the platform

Paul getting ready to swing off the platform

Fresh from swinging off platforms for the three days of the Giant Spectacular as part of the Memories of August 2014 celebrations, our very own Lilliputian Paul Brown told us about his experience

Q – Hi Paul, so tell us what’s your day job?
I’m a Prevention/Assessment Homeless Officer for Housing Options Service in Liverpool City Council

Q –  How did you get to be involved in this year’s Giant Spectacular?
Following the initial advert made public, I formally applied to be a Volunteer Lilliputian

Q – What role did you play in the Giant’s event?
I was a Lilliputian on the Grandmother Giant, receiving specific intensive training into “walking” the Grandmother during the show.

Q – So what was the experience like for you?
It was an awesome experience that will stay long in the memory.  Doing something I really enjoyed with a group of wonderful people in my own city!

Q – Were there any challenges/tough bits?
Learning the specifics of my new role & executing it correctly, irrespective how tired, hot or exhausted I might become!

Q – Was there a particular highlight for you?
Walking out of the main doors onto St George’s plateau on Friday morning and seeing a sea of excited faces.  It was very special moment for everyone.

Q – How are you feeling now it’s all over?
I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to have been involved in such a spectacular event. It was an awesome experience that I will cherish & reflect on for many years to come!


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