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A Gallery to Play toThe Story of the Mersey Poets$
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Phil Bowen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312496

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Liverpool 1957–1961

Liverpool 1957–1961

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During the 1950s, Liverpool 8 was the only destination other than Soho for aspiring poets, painters, musicians, bohemians, or ‘bon viveur’ on a tight budget. Unlike Soho, it was devoid of clip-joints, nightclubs, or pubs. This is where Adrian Henry met his future wife Joyce Wilson, whom he married in 1957 while he was employed at the Liverpool Playhouse as a scenic artist. Only two miles north of the burgeoning bohemia of Liverpool 8, Roger McGough was feeling restless in Litherland. Like Henri before him, he found himself increasingly drawn towards Liverpool 8. McGough would first go down to Streate's, where he read for the first time in 1961, and got to know Pete Brown, who around Christmas of 1960 introduced him to Henri. At the time, Henri was a part-time lecturer at Manchester College of Art. Brown persuaded Henri to become involved in Liverpool's growing poetry scene.

Keywords:   Liverpool 8, Roger McGough, Adrian Henri, Joyce Wilson, Pete Brown, poetry, Streate's, College of Art, bohemia, Liverpool Playhouse

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