Deep Seas & Dead Fathers: Walking Tour

Literary walking tour.

This is a free literary walking tour that looks at Liverpool’s literary development from Georgian times. Local journalist Deborah Mulhearn will guide participants round Liverpool’s early libraries, gentlemen’s clubs and newsrooms and explore how the city’s literature developed as a corollary to its commerce.

‘Deep seas and dead fathers’ is a line from Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, the Booker Prize-winning novel set in Liverpool at the height of the slave trade, and which encapsulates the experiences and preoccupations of so many of the the city’s writers. Some were visitors, like the giants of American fiction Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne, both in Liverpool in the mid-19th century, and others were born here because their fathers were drawn to Liverpool to speculate in the booming sugar and cotton trade. The neglected modernist writer May Sinclair, for instance, who was born in the same private Wirral housing estate where Hawthorne lived with his family while he was working as American consul in Liverpool. The walk explores these literary resonances and little-known connections.

Meeting point: the Bluecoat Hub

This event is free but booking is recommended.
Please contact Tickets & Information on 0151 702 5324 or info@thebluecoat.org.uk to reserve your place

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