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Gladsongs and GatheringsPoetry and its Social Context in Liverpool since the 1960s$
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Stephen Wade

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237273

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313196

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Open Floor!

Open Floor!

Live Poetry Nights in Liverpool, 1967–2001

(p.111) Open Floor!
Gladsongs and Gatherings

David Bateman

Liverpool University Press

Open-floor nights are those sessions, usually in the back rooms or basement bars of pubs, at which anyone can get up and have their five minutes performing their poetry, music, comedy or whatever it is they think they can do. This chapter is a somewhat personal attempt to track the continuity of regular poetry sessions in Liverpool, beginning where most examinations of Liverpool poetry end: the disappearance (whether permanent or simply on tour) of Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten.

Keywords:   open floor nights, poetry nights, Liverpool poetry, poetry sessions

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