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Gladsongs and Gatherings: Poetry and its Social Context in Liverpool since the 1960s

Stephen Wade


With the ‘Liverpool Scene’, poetry registered nationally as a popular art form arguably for the first time. Since then, poetry appears to have contracted once more to its metropolitan, literary heartland. So what happened to the ‘Mersey sound’? This book examines this question through the ideas and reflections of poets and poetry readers. The book includes interviews with the famous 60s trio, and places their experience alongside that of contemporary poets who continue to find the city a rich source of inspiration.

Keywords: Liverpool Scene, Mersey sound, poetry, Liverpool, poetry readers, poets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780853237273
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313196


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Wade, editor

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Levi Tafari

1 Literary Matters

The Arrival of McGough

Stephen Wade

The Hard Lyric

Peter Barry

2 Reflections on the Craft

Liverpool Peasant

Michael Murphy

Screen Memories

Deryn Rees-Jones

3 Interviews

Adrian Henri

David Bateman

4 Autobiographies/Social Histories

Open Floor!

David Bateman

All You Need is Words

Spencer Leigh

5 Broader Views

These Boys

Richard Stakes