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From the beginning Poetry Readings were part of the Blackie's cultural programme. This was a reflection of the times -  from the national profile of  poetry to the presence of the  Liverpool poet's, - the  poetry readings at the Bluecoat's (run by Wendy Harpe), and at Hope Hall etc. made Liverpool part of the poetry reading circuit.

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Bob Cobbing Reading 1970s
Bob Cobbing was the major exponent of concrete, visual and sound poetry in Britain. Long after its international heyday in the 1960s, he continued to produce visual texts that were also scores for performance, many of them published as booklets by his Writers' Forum press, and launched at its associated workshop. Read More
28-11-2018 1 year 27 weeks ago
Poetry Plus
The following events were  based round a specific poet/poets, often with other activities such as music.  For some poets we built a specific environment.  But by and large we know very little about these events since often all we have is the original leaflet and our ever fading memories.  We do not for instance have the dates when these readings took place, we do know that it was late 60s and early 70s;  therefore they are currently listed alphabetically.   Read More
27-11-2012 1 year 27 weeks ago
Starkies Stall - June 1977
THE IDEA:  for this outdoor event emerged from a conversation with artist and Read More
07-05-2015 3 years 17 weeks ago
Starkies Stall - The Poems -June 1977 23-06-2015 5 years 2 weeks ago
The Last Poets - Blessed Are Those Who Struggle - Dec. 1985
This was the first of two visits by the iconic group The Last Poets to the Blackie - the 2nd being in 1988 as part of the Blackie's 20th Birthday Celebrations. Read More
13-01-2017 3 years 14 weeks ago
The Last Poets - Oh My People - 29th May 1988
The Last Poets (Jalal Mansur&nbs Read More
01-02-2017 3 years 17 weeks ago
The Last Poets - Review
Of all the lines included in this collection - a collection which spans almost 20 years, from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s - the one that for me most tellingly sums up The Last Poets comes from the chorus to Suliaman El Hadi’s Blessed Are Those Who Struggle: ‘Bet­ter to die for a noble cause than to live and die a slave’. Read More
13-01-2017 3 years 23 weeks ago
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