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Nerve 24...The Spaces Issue

Stewart Lee Interview
Theatre of The Streets
Spaces for Sound Waves to Sparkle
News from Nowhere at 40
Information Overload
Coffee Houses: The World in Miniature?
The Wellington Rooms
Artist Profiles
Full index of Nerve 24

Anti-War Calendar 2014

Jan | Feb | March | April | May | June | July | August | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec | Full index

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Information Overload (Apologies to Sean Biggs for not crediting his images in the magazine)

Local News, Articles and Opinions

Gaza Protest in London - 24/7/2014
John Owen reports from the march held in London on July 19th against the Israeli bombing of Gaza.
"From a warm and sunny Liverpool just coming awake the pitta patter of tourist feet and squeak of luggage in search of cheap digs a coach miraculously appeared to whisk promptly in 6 hours to London.
The group slowly morphed together over the journey that was to become the Liverpool friends of Palestine contingent going away to make our mark and protest over the bombing of Gaza by Israel."
Read more

Quaker Veggie Cafe open for business! - 21/7/2014
Liverpool Quakers and Blackburne House are committed to equality and to building community. That's why the opportunity to open a new venue in the centre of Liverpool was too hard to resist. The vegetarian cafe will offer a broad menu with an emphasis on fresh and seasonal with Pam our pastry chef making cakes and pastries daily. All profits generated by the cafe will support the charitable aims of the organisations, such as providing bursaries for women to access training and developing work around concerns for poverty and sustainability. Read more

BBC bias protest and "Rockets in the Free World?" - 18/7/2014
Images of the Demonstrations that took place in Liverpool about the attacks on Gaza and outside the Neil Young concert over his decision to play Tel Aviv. See photos

Click for posterArtists Wanted for the Liverpool Academy of Arts final exhibition - 18/7/2014
The Liverpool Academy of Arts have been in Seel Street for over 25 years but they have to vacate the building at the end of August and their future looks uncertain. For their final exhibition they are holding an open exhibition (but this time with no specific theme) and are asking for people to show their skills with colour, shapes, texture etc. Entries have to be in by July 28th and the exhibition runs from Wed 6th August to Thurs 28th August 2014. More info

Liverpool International Carnival and The World in Princes Park Festival - Sat 12th July 2014
Dance along to the mighty drumming sound of KalentuRa from the Netherlands and catch the highest stilt walkers around from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Liverpool International Carnival is an explosion of costumes, dance and music and sets off at midday from the City of Liverpool College, Myrtle Street, making its way through Toxteth and coming to rest in Princes Park. The World in Princes Park will be bursting with exciting new collaborative productions, home grown talent, cultural food and activities for all the family to enjoy and takes place from 1pm - 7pm, Sat 12th July. More info

Liverpool IWW, the Internet and Len McCluskey's Great Escape - 4/7/2014
What happened when Len McCluskey, boss of the Unite union, was due to attend a screening at FACT, and the Industrial Workers of the World announced they would be holding a picket outside in solidarity with workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, who are holding regular strikes for a London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour. Read more

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season - 1/7/2014
The Everyman & Playhouse theatres are looking ahead to an autumn season featuring three ambitious new productions, full of invention and humanity. Juno and the Paycock, Sex and the Three Day Week and Bright Phoenix have been created to reflect our time and place and the theatres’ desire to be daring and create plays that connect the theatrical inventors of the present and future to the heartbeat of the city. Read more

The World in One City - Sunday 6th July 2014
One World Festival 2014 will celebrate the multiplicity of cultures in Liverpool and feature a cultural fusion via Street Arts, Animation, Music, Dance, Acrobatics and Carnival artists, presenting an artistically diverse programme bringing the city centre to life and turning it into a powerful cauldron of global arts. Read more

Liverpool Calling - Saturday July 26th, 2014
Having sold out across St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church and The Shipping Forecast in its debut year, Liverpool Calling has grown into a huge one day event for 2014, spanning across 10 city centre venues and hosting over 50 acts. Joining the acts already announced are scouse legends Space, indie-rock starlets The Repeat Offenders and dance music’s new darlings D R O H N E. Read more

TEN - Saturday 5th July to Friday 10th October 2014
The Cornerstone Gallery is ten years young this summer and to mark this occasion is presenting an anniversary exhibition titled TEN, starting on Saturday 5th July until Friday 10th October 2014 to coincide with the Liverpool Independents Biennial. The Gallery has hosted seventy-three exhibitions within the last ten years. Read more

The Good Samaritan - Short story by Sharon Riley - 27/6/2014
Walking in Princes Park on a sunny, autumn afternoon and 'It's oh so quiet' now – as in Bjork's song title – but I remember the Brouhaha Festival in July when the multitudes gathered see the parade enter the park followed by live music and a riot of colours.
Then, seeing the tennis courts, I give a wry smile recalling how I first learned how to cycle there in 2005! Also that February when the park was covered in a white blanket with the snow flakes drifting down from the heavens, making it look not too dissimilar to Narnia.
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Burjesta Theatre Workshops - Portraits of Liverpool - From 25/6/2014
Burjesta Theatre are beginning a new series of workshops entitled 'Portraits of Liverpool'. They're working on nine stories that workshop participants have come up with, true stories they've witnessed in Liverpool over the last six months. Some are dramatic and intense, some touching. There are funny ones, ones full of pathos and some just plain weird! Read more

Africa Oye Preview 2014 - Sat 21st and Sun 22nd June 2014
Chumki Banerjee looks at the line-up for this years Africa Oye which includes Misty In Roots, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, Abdoulaye Samb and Minnjiaraby, and Finley Quaye and is on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of June in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Plus an interview with Kenny Murray,
the founder of the festival. Read more

Byrd Song - Short story by Andrew Lee-Hart - 13/6/2014
I am not sure if it was the music of William Byrd that drove Saul mad, or whether he was already mad and just looking for a trigger. In the end it doesn't matter, and anyway, last time I saw him he seemed in a state of ecstasy that few can reach. God knows where he is now.
We worked together in the old central library in Angel Row Nottingham, now demolished and replaced by something more modern and high tech. Outside the city centre where it is cheaper to build things.
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Berlin's Radical Underground - 12/6/2014
By Tom George: "My first visit Berlin six years ago coincided with the global financial system going into meltdown. It was all over every screen in my hostel, with panicked-looking people in suits trying to explain incomprehensible columns of figures. But I wasn't there as a financial journalist; I was on a mission to explore a very different universe which exists at the heart of Germany's capital - the radical underground of Berlin..." Read more

'Turning Green to Brown' - 5/7/2014 - 10/8/2014
John Davies has an international reputation for his B&W photographs of dramatic urban landscapes but during May this year he decided to make a series of colour portraits of people who are regular visitors to Sefton Park Meadows in Liverpool. Many people, who may have otherwise refused to have their picture taken, were positive because their image might help promote awareness of the potential loss of these ancient and valued Meadowlands. Read more

“The Physical Possibility of Inspiring Imagination in the Mind of Somebody Living” - 26th June – 26th July 2014
To run in advance of and concurrently with the Liverpool Biennial one of the distinctive artistic installations will feature a derelict shop window, which will in the evening open its shutters to host a vast water tank of 20 living jellyfish. Read more

Geoghegan Jackson: Supporting the Breast Cancer Campaign - 7/6/2014
Geoghegan Jackson are delighted to be supporting the Breast Cancer Campaign by staging a fundraising gig at the Lomax on June 7th. Entrance is free – but donations (£4.00 waged/£2.00 unwaged) are encouraged. Geoghegan Jackson are an exciting acoustic duo based in Liverpool, UK, playing original indie/folk music and gigging widely. Read more

The Balkans Hit by Devastating Floods - 20/5/2014
You can be forgiven for not knowing, that whilst the media has been focusing its euro attention on Nigel Farage and the Eurovision song contest that during April and May the Balkans (also in Europe) has been hit by largest floods in decades, leaving dozens dead and ten of thousands of people without food, security or shelter. Read more

George Garrett Archive - 3rd - 31st May 2014
Going to the newly refurbished Liverpool Central Library is a weird experience. With its shiny up-to-the-minute feel, it serves as a hint of what public services could be like, if only a decent amount of resources were dedicated to them. On the other hand, it also doubles as an excuse for Liverpool council to point to as they devastate public services - including public libraries - and the lives of the people who rely on them. Read more

Towards the Cheese - Urbin Flack - 12/5/2014
Urbin Flack's new short story collection TALES FROM THE VALCRO ROOM VOLUME 3 is out now. Available in News From Nowhere for £2.
I write this down not because I need to make a point and not because I feel the behavioural approach to life needs one more jot of justification. I merely obeying a compulsion that has served me well so far (and which I perhaps execute with some skill). Read more

Stealing Sheep at Livestock - 25th May 2014
Part of Farm Feast 2014 on Sunday 25th May, Peter Hook and the Light are the confirmed headline act playing a mix of Joy Division and New Order tunes, Stealing Sheep are supporting and have recently supported huge music acts such as Alt- J, Vampire Weekend and St.Vincent. Read more

The Vanity of Small Differences - 16th May – 10th August 2014
A series of six tapestries by the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry will be shown this summer at the Walker Art Gallery as part of Liverpool Biennial 2014. Produced in 2012 as part of the documentary BAFTA award winning Channel Four series “In the Best Possible Taste”, they analyse the ideas of taste held by the different social classes of the United Kingdom. Read more

Review of Liverpool: City of Working Class Resistance and News from Nowhere’s 40th Birthday - 8/5/2014
John Owen reviews the Liverpool: City of Working Class Resistance and News from Nowhere’s 40th Birthday events held at the Adelphi Hotel on Saturday 3rd May, 2014.
“Life begins at 40”, “100 is the new 30”, with this in my deteriorating cranium and addled mind I expected to find some people eluding the Grim Reaper’s call, people who should have let go of the reins long ago. Read more

Liverpool: City of Working Class Resistance & News From Nowhere's 40th Birthday Party
2 events on May 3rd 2014 at the Adelphi Hotel. From 11.30am Liverpool: City of Working Class Resistance with talks, discussions, film, music and poetry.
From 5pm News From Nowhere's 40th Birthday Party with live music from Dead Belgian, River Niger Orchestra, Bolshy, Saytr Play. Read more

Click for posterThe Docks and Locks of Merseyside - 23rd May - 1st June 2014
An exhibition by Jan Sear presenting a visual record of the Liverpool and Birkenhead docks before they disappear from our landscape.
At Lark Lane Community Centre from Friday 23rd May – Sunday 1st June, 11am-5pm.

Production of Doctor Faustus - Fri 25th & Sat 26th April 2014
The Brimstone players present Doctor Faustus, written by Christopher Marlowe and performed at the Valley Community Theatre, Childwall Valley Road, Belle Vale, Liverpool, L27 3YA on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April 2014, 7.30pm start.
Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions. Book online at
Enquiries and reservations: 07973 930 271

This Way for Titanic Housing - 15/4/2014
People walking along Lime Street might have noticed that the former station hotel which has been student housing for many years has recently undergone a name change. The sign that used to announce ownership by Cosmopolitan Student Homes has been replaced by Sanctuary Students. The same has happened with Cosmopolitan Housing signs everywhere else. What happened? Read more

Burjesta Theatre presents ‘Reign of Vampires’ - Starts May 10th 2014
In the 19th century Karl Marx used the vampire as a metaphor for the capitalist class he saw around him. We've taken his idea and applied it to the 21st century, thrown in a bit of 'Blade', a sprinkling of Jason Bourne and a great soundtrack of music to get your feet tapping and your hips swaying. Read more

Interview with Love ArtUK - 10/4/2014
Over the last year or so the word LOVE has been appearing around Liverpool city centre. Spray-painted onto walls and pavements it is the work of urban artist Love ArtUK who was a tank soldier for twelve years before having a mental breakdown brought on by his experiences in the forces. Returning home and attempting suicide he found himself in psychiatric care. It was whilst in hospital that he began painting in the occupational therapy department. It was here that Love ArtUK was born. Read more

Vinyl Addiction, My Plastic Predilection & Pushers Tales - Part 3 - 7/4/14
In the third of a three part series on her addiction to vinyl records, Chumki Banerjee interviews Geoff Davies of Probe and Probe Plus. An omniscient child of a certain time, place and musical climate, Geoff literally pulled the rug from under his own feet, quitting the carpet showroom, taking a trip in more ways than one to float his own magical mystery carpet, Liverpool’s first independent record shop, Probe. Read more

Nerve FACT statement - 2/4/2014
Nerve and FACT have collaborated closely in the past, and this has been productive for both organisations, so we are hugely disappointed that FACT have decided to dismiss workers and then use zero hour contract staff or volunteers to fill their jobs. It is with regret that we have to announce that, unless FACT reconsider their position with regards to these changes in working conditions, we can no longer work with them. Read more

Vinyl Addiction, My Plastic Predilection & Pushers Tales - Part 2 - 31/3/14
In the second in a three part series Chumki Banerjee subjects Bob Packham from Cult Vinyl and Carl from Hairy Records to cross-examination.
Next week will have Geoff Davies from Probe Records. Read more

Vinyl Addiction, My Plastic Predilection & Pushers Tales - Part 1 - 24/3/14
In the first in a three part series Chumki Banerjee reveals her love for vinyl records and explores the remaining places in Liverpool that feed her addiction. Parts Two and Three in the following weeks will have interviews with Bob Packham from Cult Vinyl, Carl from Hairy Records and Geoff Davies from Probe Records. Read more

Barton Moss: brutally arrested woman charged with assaulting police! - 21/3/2014
"The Tactical Aid Unit appear out of control" Simon Pook, solicitor. Monday's brutal arrest of Barton Moss protector and mother of three, Vanda, by Greater Manchester Police Tactical Aid Unit shocked tens of thousands of people around the world who viewed the disturbing film and still images. Yesterday, incredibly, Vanda was charged with assaulting the police and jailed at Styal Prison for a week until her court hearing on 25th March. Full details here

The Penis Monologues come to Liverpool for an April Fools Special Debut - Tues 1st Apr - Fri 4th Apr 2014
This April The Nomadic Academy for Fools brings their unique improvisational theatre to Liverpool with The Penis Monologues. To date the show has had three sell-out performances in Bristol and Glastonbury, Somerset and has just returned from a successful run in London. Read more

International Women's Day Demonstration at Liverpool Town Hall - 10/3/2014
Activists chained themselves to the railings of Liverpool Town Hall on Saturday 8th March 2014 to protest the impact of national and local government cuts on women, this International Women’s Day. They borrowed a direct action tactic and dress style from suffragettes, to highlight their opinion that the interests of women are still not represented by those in elected office, and call for women to organise resistance against cuts which disproportionately affect them. Read more on the AWOL Blog

Orb In Liverpool - 29th March 2014
Legendary ambient house progenitors and international club favourites The Orb are set to return to East Village Arts Club in Liverpool on Saturday 29th March for a special late night show. With dancefloor friendly chart hits like ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ and ‘Toxygene’ The Orb were at the forefront of ambient house, securing their place as icons in the electronic music history books. Read more

trash city - 14th - 22nd March 2014
An English photographer finds himself in Chicago. Exhibition of photography by Robert Harrison runs from 14th - 22nd March at the Art Gallery, 30 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 2AA. The Art Gallery is a new independent space in Liverpool specialising in outsider art and alternative photography. Opening night 14th March.

Introducing Celtic Bazaar - 1/3/2014
Celtic Bazaar started life in 2008 with a series of contemporary folk and blues concerts at the Old Police Station in Lark Lane and the aim of the nights is to present the best of music with the emphasis being on supporting local, emerging and established singer/songwriters and bands. Every third Friday of the month at The Pilgrim (upstairs) in Pilgrim Street. Read more

HOPE Fest 2014 - 8th - 9th March 2014
The first ever HOPE Fest is a two-day music festival, in aid of The HOPE Project (a young, volunteer-led organisation which helps the homeless) and will be held over the weekend of 8/9th March 2014 at The Brink and Lomax respectively. Featuring 30 acts including Osaka Punch, Joe Symes & The Loving Kind, Field Trip to The Moon. Read more

Science Fiction: New Death - 27th March – 22nd June 2014
A major contemporary science fiction exhibition will be at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool between 27 March – 22 June 2014. Artists will present works which explore how technology is creating new ways of living (and dying) making our everyday lives feel increasingly like science fiction. Read more

Cuts and more Cuts - 17/2/2014
On the 5th March 2014 Liverpool Council will vote in more cuts. According to the Guardian, Liverpool is the poorest place in the country, and will be the most deeply cut of all by nearly twice the national average. With 56% of its funding gone, it will now cut 25% of statutory adult and children social services, with mass closures of adult day centres and children's centres, with more libraries and swimming pools going. Read more

Cultural Visit to Liverpool by the President of Somaliland - 7/2/2014
Tracey Dunn was invited by a friend, who teaches Somali children in Toxteth, to attend this event at the Devonshire Hotel in Edge Lane which is not far from where many of Liverpool's Somaliland community live around Lodge Lane, Toxteth. The President, Ahmed Mohamed Mohaoud, studied at London and Manchester Universities in the 1960's taking a bachelor's degree in economics. Read more

V-Day Liverpool 2014 - 14/2/2014
V-Day Liverpool 2014 Presents A Benefit Reading of The Vagina Monologues with Migrant Artists Mutual Aid and friends. On February 14th, 2014, at 7.30pm, V-Day Liverpool will present a one-night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler's award winning play The Vagina Monologues at The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University. Read more

Dorothy Kuya - Obituary - 14/1/2014
Dorothy Kuya died on 23rd December 2013 after a short illness aged 81. Dorothy was a tireless campaigner against discrimination and racism and she has been variously been described as a cultural historian (reflected in her interests in African culture and heritage), a political activist (member of the British Communist Party from a young age), a community champion (a leading member of Granby Residents Association). Read more

Kodo at the Philharmonic Hall - 19/2/2014
Kodo are back in Liverpool, by popular demand, with a brand new show, never been seen before on Wednesday 19th February 2014 at 7.30pm. They are famous for spectacular, athletic stage shows (which inspired Stomp and Cirque du Soleil) and a dedication to preserving all traditional Japanese culture. Read more

Project XXX by Laid Bare Theatre - 14/1/2014
Laid Bare Theatre will take multimedia theatre show Project XXX on a 10 performance date tour of the Northwest region in January and February 2014. This dark, romantic comedy explores the mainstreaming of internet pornography, the changing face of technology and its impact on human relationships and a young person’s burgeoning sense of self. Read more

Burjesta Theatre Auditions - History of the Vampires - 1st Feb 2014
Burjesta Theatre are auditioning for their latest production 'History of the Vampires' on Saturday 1st February at The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool from 12pm onwards. Audition will be in the form of a workshop followed by script reading and an informal chat afterwards and will last a few hours in total. Read more

Liverpool Jazz Festival 2014 Launched - 27th Feb - 2nd March 2014
The Capstone Theatre, organiser of Liverpool International Jazz Festival 2014, is delighted to announce four new acts for the festival as it officially launches its second year. Liverpool International Jazz Festival is back and will run from Thursday 27th February – Sunday 2nd March 2014, promising to be even bigger and better than its 2013 debut, when audiences were treated to four days of the finest artists on the national and international jazz scene. Read more

Is Liverpool a welcoming place for Asylum Seekers and Refugees?
A project using photography to show a refugee and asylum seeker perspective, on at the Central Library, William Brown Street (First Floor, outside Picton Room) from Friday 10th - 25th January 2014. Read more

Nature's Way - 6th December - 7th March 2014
Photography exhibition featuring Colin Serjent & Jane Groves at The Brink, Parr Street, Liverpool till 7th March 2014. The photographs of Colin Serjent and Jane Groves capture natural scenes in and around Merseyside.
Special Launch event: Friday 10th January 2014, 6pm - 9pm. All welcome to attend. Read more

Launch of the Collaborative History Project - 29/11/2013
This Friday 29th November at 3pm at the World Museum on William Brown Street is the launch of the Collaborative History Project. 10 Co-operatives took part in the project, leading to 5-min films about the history, successes and difficulties they encountered. It would be great to have your support and see you there. Refreshments will be available after the films.
Please RSVP: or call 0151 709 9948

Liverpool Everyman to re-open in March - 22/11/2013
Liverpool’s Everyman theatre will begin the next chapter in its history with a parade and event on Hope Street on 1st March and a ‘Housewarming’ on 2nd, before the theatre bursts fully back to life with Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz’s production of Twelfth Night, from Saturday 8th March. Read more

Rethinking Freedom - 15/11/2013
Merseyside Polonia in partnership with the Polish Society at the University of Liverpool has a pleasure to invite you to the 'Rethinking Freedom' event reflecting, celebrating and discussing freedom today.
The event will take place on the 15th of November (Friday) at the University of Liverpool and will feature speakers discussing and presenting their take on freedom from different perspectives as well as experience. Read more

The Poisoner’s Progress - 29th Nov - 2nd Dec 2013
Burjesta Theatre presents….The Poisoner’s Progress at the Casa, Hope Street on Fri 29th and Sat 30th Nov, Sun 1st and Mon 2nd Dec 2013.
A bittersweet romance of all things sugary…
Come see a Christmas Show with a difference…
As the night unfolds in the style of an advent calendar!!
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Modern Times - 13th - 14th November 2013
Dingle Community Theatre are putting on a show at the Lantern Theatre on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th November. The show called “Modern Times” looks at the madness of the way we live today. It has been devised, written and produced by students on the Workers’ Education Association course. Read more

Liverpool Radical Documentary Film Festival 2013 - 2nd – 16th November 2013
The Liverpool Radical Documentary Film Festival starts on Saturday 2nd November and runs for two weeks in venues around Liverpool. Featuring a range of documentary films including Nostalgia for the Light, Paths Through Utopias, Arna’s Children, plus discussions and live music. Read more

Have your benefits been sanctioned (stopped)? - 1/11/2013
Many sanction decisions are illegal because they are unreasonable, malicious, or because they are not in accordance with the benefits regulations. They could also be illegal if you were sanctioned because your jobseekers agreement or claimant commitment was set up to ask you to do things you were bound to fail at. Read more

Community empty homes initiative gets funding boost - 1/11/2013
Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust has received funding from the Nationwide Foundation to enable 10 empty properties in Liverpool 8 to be turned into decent, affordable homes for people in need. The grant of £125,000 will go towards renovating and repairing currently unused properties in Cairns Street, Liverpool 8. Read more

Everyword' returns to Hope Street - 14th - 16th November 2013
The Everyman and Playhouse’s ‘Everyword’ writing festival returns to Hope Street this year with a line-up of events, insights from industry experts and new plays in development. From Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th November 2013 writers and audiences can watch performances in the secret spaces and hidden places of Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind on the corner of Hope Street and Hardman Street, as Everyword invites you to explore new plays in new ways. Read more

Atos Vigil at the The Royal Courts of Justice - 24/10/2013
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is trying to overturn a decision made in May which found the Workers' Capability Assessments carried out by Atos discriminated against people with mental health issues. People from various groups including Disabled People Against Cuts, Mental Health Resistance network, Winvisible and Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group held a vigil to remember all the people who have died after cruel Atos decisons. Read more

March against NHS privatisation and Con-Dem government austerity - 17/10/2013
Redskye went to the march against NHS privatisation and Con-Dem government austerity held in Manchester at the same time as the Conservative Party conference. The march was made up of a wide variety of protestors and members of the public, including many fire officers from across the country, numerous NHS campaigners protesting against closures, anti-Bedroom Tax protestors, anti-cuts campaigners etc. Read more

Interview with local singer, songwriter and writer Tom George - 6/10/2013
Tom George is a Liverpool-based musician, poet, journalist and film-maker. He has also done event promotion, magazine publishing, graphic design, photography, illustration and cartoons. He tends to focus on different artforms at different times; right now he is primarily a musician, but that may change. Tracey Dunn met up with Tom for a chat. Read more

Carl Fletcher - The Gappalioness Monkey Project - 3/10/2013
Upstairs at the View Two Gallery was the creative output of Carl Fletcher on display. Collages, 3D sculpture, 3D graffiti and paintings filled four walls and beyond, it required a well considered overview, you couldn't simply pop in and try to take it in quickly - there's just no way! I know because I tried a quick overview before my interview with Carl. Read more

Interview with David Peace - 2/10/2013
John Owen interviews David Peace, the author of the book Red or Dead which deals with the legendary Bill Shankly's spell as manager of Liverpool Football Club. In its ambition, scope and narrative drive it makes The Damned United, and by extension all other football novels, read like Roy of the Rovers. All of Peace's writing is uncompromising, but Red or Dead takes that to near pathological levels. Read more

Urbane and countrified walks along the canal towards Bootle - 23/9/2013
Account by John Owen of the psycho-geography walking group's trip up the Leeds Liverpool Canal on September 13th 2013.
Starting off from the Eldonians, I got there early on my bike, then doubled back to find a group on the corner, off the road, talking the talk. We sashayed over to the the canal and minced off in a general forward motion to the land of OZ or Bootle Strand, as its known locally. Read more

Burjesta Theatre Horror Workshops - 25/9/2013
Burjesta Theatre are beginning on Wednesday 25th September a new series of workshops on Horror, Suspense, Thrills and Revenge. The first workshop will be an introductory one. We'll be looking at what makes us scared and how to best scare others!! Along the way we'll be looking at Medea, the Greek tragedy by Euripides, as well as the The Revenger's Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur. Read more

Language, Resistance and Revival: From Prison to Community - 17/10/13
Talk at the Bluecoat on 17th October with Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh, author of Language, Resistance and Revival, who reflects on his ground-breaking, unique research with Republican former prisoners. Based on in-depth interviews, and analysis of the politics of incarceration in Long Kesh throughout the Conflict in the North of Ireland he reveals the centrality of the Irish language to prisoners’ resistance in their bitter struggle against the British State. More info

New Drama Project starting up at The Valley Theatre
A new theatre project is about to start in Liverpool’s Valley Theatre beginning Wednesday 18th September from 10.30am -12.30pm. The 12 week course aims to develop a piece of theatre from scratch later to be performed at The Valley Theatre. Participants will work towards writing, developing and performing the piece. Read more

Bloodshot: The Dreams & Nightmares Of East Timor - 17/9/2013
Showing of the film "Bloodshot: The Dreams & Nightmares Of East Timor" at Next to Nowhere on Tuesday, 17 September 2013, 7pm - 11pm.
In 1991 Peter A Gordon made an undercover documentary in a far off island under occupation. It changed the course of a nation - and led to extraordinary changes in the lives of the crew that made it. Read more

Jimmy Carl BlackCapstone Programme Highlights
The Capstone Theatre bills itself as 'Liverpool's International Arts Venue', and why not? It has grown in stature since opening it's doors in 2010 to an eclectic mix of diverse and sometimes challenging opportunities for performers and audiences alike in an auditorium worthy of the enterprise. Read more

Homegrown Bananas at Wirral Earth Fest 2013
Homegrown Bananas are proud to announce that they will be curating the day of music at the first Wirral Earth Fest on 14th September 2013. The daytime event, which will take place from 10am at the prestigious venue of St Bridget’s Church and field as part of a wider day of festivities from Wirral Earth fest will see performers from both sides of the water perform. Read more

Award-winning TV Writer of Channel 4’s “The Mill” to Give Workshop
John Fay, Liverpool-born writer of the acclaimed TV series “The Mill”, will be the guest of Dingle Community Theatre on Monday September 9th for a special workshop in which John will talk about his writing, what inspires him, his influences, and his latest work as well as passing on some tips to aspiring writers in the audience. Read more

A Personal 'Sleep Out' Report - 30/8/2013
If you had known, would you have considered going to the Liverpool City Centre Sleep Out held overnight on Saturday 24th August? It was a protest against the Bedroom Tax and all the wider Welfare Benefit cuts. A friend of mine rang me around 10.30pm to ask if I was coming down, I was too fatigued, but felt motivated enough to meet up and say hello. I ended up staying all night until 9am and didn’t sleep at all! Read more

How To Fall In Love Review and interview with Graham Hicks, founder of RAWD - 30/8/2013
On the 6th and 7th of August, the Unity Theatre hosted How To Fall In Love, the latest production from the disability theatre group RAWD, with a story spanning across Liverpool’s city centre. jjSchaer reviews the production and interviews Graham Hicks, the director of the piece and founder of RAWD. Read more

Climate Change and Sustainability - 22/8/2013
An interview with Krista Kline of Los Angeles Regional Committee (LARC) for Climate Change and Sustainability. As fracking in the UK becomes a major issue it is timely to interview Krista Kline from LARC who recently visited Liverpool. Krista was here for a Low Carbon Liverpool conference to talk about what Los Angeles is doing for a sustainable future. Read more

Jesus, Mary and Joseph at the Fallout Factory - 19/8/2013
Visitors to the Fallout Factory art gallery will have the opportunity to see Liverpool City Council leader Joe Anderson as they have never seen him before - wearing pyjamas and slippers! The life size sculpture of Anderson will form part of the 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph' exhibition, showcasing the work of Liverpool-born Steve Gibson, who has spent the last fifteen years based in the Spanish city, Zaragoza. Read more

Burjesta Dell'Arte - 31/7/2013
Burjesta Theatre are beginning on Wednesday 31st July (and for the five Wednesdays following), a series of workshops where we'll be looking at Commedia dell'arte, the Italian form of theatre, originating from the 16th century with improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios, looking comically at the status of society and involving a romantic love intrigue. Read more

Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping visit Liverpool! - Mon 22nd July 2013
The Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Choir will soon be here-visiting Liverpool - and we'd highly recommend catching them! 'The Church of Stop Shopping is an activist performance group based in New York City, led by Reverend Billy, the stage name of Bill Talen. Using the form of a revival meeting, on sidewalks and in chain stores, Reverend Billy and his gospel choir exhort consumers to abandon the products of large corporations and mass media; the group also preaches a broader message of economic justice, environmental protection, and anti-militarism, protesting sweatshops and the Iraq War.' - Wikipedia.
22nd July, The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ. Suggested donation: £3

Lark Lane Co-operative joins forces with local Homeless Project - 25th July - 28th August
This summer’s exhibition from Lark Lane-based community co-operative Arts Hub 47 plays host to some of Liverpool’s brightest homeless artistic talents. The new exhibition opening on 25 July 2013 takes place in the not-for-profit Hub, a gallery space dedicated to local artists above the Arts Hub 47 on Lark Lane. Arts Hub 47 is the only arts-based community cooperative in Liverpool. Tabitha Moses, winner of this year’s Liverpool Art Prize, will be opening the launch event at 3.30pm. Read more

The NHS is 65 years old - 8/7/2013
The government plans to privatise every part of the NHS. Join the fightback and stop it being put into retirement!
The NHS we want and need: Universal: Health care for all, Publicly funded through taxation, Publicly accountable if things go wrong, Our health comes first, Comprehensive: Full range of health care. Read more


Circuses Without Bread: Torture Garden Interview - 25/6/2013
Liverpool based experimental metal band Torture Garden are preparing to issue their second LP, politically inspired double CD The Great Depression. Nerve met up with them for an interview. Read more

Bedroom Farce? An evening of drama about the Bedroom Tax! - 18th - 22nd July
Dingle Community Theatre are all set to take their new play – “Bedroomed!” – on a tour of North West Venues. The play is a comedy, looking at some of the issues raised by the “Bedroom tax”. The main character in the play faces some difficult choices in order to make ends meet after she learns that she will be affected by the new Government Benefits penalty on “spare” bedrooms. Read more

A Weekend Spectacular!! - 20th & 21st July 2013
Featuring Drama - Burlesque - Live Music - Clowns
Introducing the Burjesta Clowns in the comic play ‘The Belly of Merrie England’... Liverpool, 2013 and the Burjesta Clowns arrive in Britain in search of wealth and good living.  Follow them as they forlornly search through a British society in conflict and decline for ‘money hanging from the trees’. Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July, 7pm till late… Read more

Screening of Secret City - Sat 6th July 2013 at 3pm
On Saturday, July 6th 2013 between 3pm and 5pm the first in a series of documentary films, Secret City, will be screened at the CASA on Hope Street Liverpool. A film about the City of London, the Corporation that governs it, and its role in the economic crisis.
Showing on Sat 6th July at 3pm at The Casa, Hope Street. Free admission. Read more

A Thousand Murdered Girls - 4th, 5th, 6th July 2013
Based on the diaries and last testaments of Greek Women Resistance Fighters, from 1944 through to 1949. From fighting fascists in the towns and villages of Greece through to island concentration camps. This beautiful and harrowing play challenges perceptions of the Second World War and British involvement in Greece.
4th - 6th July at 8pm at The Unity Theatre, Hope Place - Read more

Events for Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group
Action Mesothelioma Day - A commemorative day to raise much needed awareness about Mesothelioma (a cancer caused by Asbestos) and to raise money for research. This event is free and open to all members of the public. Friday 5th July at Liverpool Town Hall. Read more
The Real Monsters Revealed - A tale of...Industrial Pollution…The Appropriation of Science for Profit…And the Continuing Battle to Rid the World of Asbestos. Thursday 4th July @ The Casa, Hope Street. Read more

Sticks and Stones Conference - 7/6/2013
Hosted by the LJMU Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion, the theme of the conference was to explore hate speech and hate crime. The evening featured interviews with Dominique Walker and Sylvia Lancaster, a discussion with Paul Amann and a comedy set from Laurence Clark. Read more

Merseyside Pride of Place Project - 17 May till 16 June 2013
The project is a big interactive art gallery which is attracting the interest of passers by and inviting the public in to create and contribute something in the venue, artists are encouraged to bring in their work for display too. Artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale conceived of the project as an outcome of the public wanting to participate in their creativity. Read more

Royal Mail is Not for Sale! - 24/5/2013
Old Swan, Kirkby, Huyton, Breck Road and Prescot post offices will close or be franchised under plans affecting 76 across the country. Strike action will take place all day on Tuesday May 28 by 4,000 staff working in 373 Crown (main) post offices. Read more

If Only… – OCCUPY - MelloMello and The Ropewalks - 20/5/2013
For two weeks the artist collective If Only… took over the space in Gallery 3 of the Bluecoat to host a series of events under the banner of OCCUPY. Partway through the second week a meeting was held to discuss developments in The Ropewalk’s area of town which is currently under bidding by private developers. This has meant that the businesses and venues in that block may be forced to close down. This includes MelloMello, Drop The Dumbbells and The Kasimer, all key venues for Liverpool’s burgeoning grassroots culture. Read more

Do Aspes get Justice? - 20/5/2013
The purpose of this article is to help give an assessment of the employment system on a personal level. The job centre’s aims are to stop people claiming means tested benefits so therefore they advertise work for minimum of sixteen hours, but is this cost effective on the taxpayer in practicality? Do people with Asperger’s syndrome get justice? Or are they even treated equally? Remember equal does not mean identical, I will discuss more on that later. Read more

How Corrupt is Britain? - Friday 10th May 2013
‘How Corrupt is Britain?’ is a one day conference at the University of Liverpool which will bring together campaigners, academics, journalists and activists to explore how we can expose and confront the corruption of the police, politics and the private sector in Britain. Read more

Tribute to Molly - 3/4/2013
Mandy Vere writes a tribute to Molly Sayle who died on March 11th aged 97.
She was my friend, and, for such a small woman, her death leaves a huge Molly-shaped hole which I can only try to fill by following the mantra another mutual friend reminded me of this week, Molly's mantra, expressed with a commanding passion, "You NEVER give up!". Read more

Anti-Irish Racism - 3/4/2013
On Wednesday, February 6th 2013, Cairde na hEireann launched their report into the continuing prevalence of attacks against the Irish community in Liverpool by Far-right and loyalist groups. The meeting was attended by a broad swathe of community groups, trade union officials, Irish press and other concerned organisations across the NW and beyond. Read more

Burjesta Theatre presents…The Jesus Conspiracy - April 12, 13, 15, 19, 20
...the greatest story never told...Scottish writer Peter Burton’s controversial take on Jesus the revolutionary, the man, the lover and the creation of the fantasy of ‘Christianity’ after his death by Paul. Spanning over a century of Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, the stakes are high and brutality and massacre are common place. At the Casa, Hope Street. Read more

Fireweed - Restraint and Resurrection - 13/3/2013
Column by Sandra Gibson which celebrates the persistence of wildlife in urban conditions.
I made a big pan of scouse so spud proud you could stand a spoon up in it. ‘That’s the last meal of winter,’ I announced. My confidence was misplaced: in spite of the growing light, the activities of the birds and the massed green spears of barely opening daffodils - all proclaiming springtime - it has been colder than at any time in the winter. Read more

SeaWitches Take Aim with Spacegun: SeaWitches Interview - 11/3/2013
Mainstays of the city’s gig circuit, female fronted art rock quartet SeaWitches have recently released impressive debut EP Spacegun, a collection of brittle art rock that offers a new spin on the music that came out of the alternative sector in the late 70s/early 80s. Nerve met up with them in MelloMello to discuss the record. Read more

The Gappalioness Monkey Project - 5/3/2013
Sandra Gibson reviews the exhibition by Carl Fletcher, The Gappalioness Monkey Project, which is at the Fallout Factory until 12th March.
Artist Carl Fletcher is part of the growing protest movement against consumerism. Recycling and subverting capitalism’s products, slogans and cultural preoccupations, he favours collage which has an immediacy compatible with being current and believes art “feeds your soul”. Read more

Burjesta Theatre Weekly Workshops - Storytelling - 25/2/2013
Starting this Wednesday 27th February and running over the next month or so Burjesta Theatre will be running workshops looking at various ways of ‘storytelling’. Aside from creating enjoyable and challenging workshops in themselves, we hope to create a cohesive, core theatre group ready to go on and produce and perform work created from the workshops. Read more

Shortlist Announced for Liverpool Art Prize 2013 - 14/2/2013
Local artists Kevin Hunt, Tabitha Moses, Juliann O’Malley and Laurence Payot have been revealed as the shortlist for the 2013 Liverpool Art Prize as it returns for its 6th successive year. All four will exhibit their work in Liverpool from Friday 26th April – Sat 8th June and the winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 29th May. Read more

Play Commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic - 13/2/2013
Actors, performers and designers needed for a large scale theatre performance. The play will link with the 70th anniversary and final national commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic. Using the stories of the people of Liverpool, who risked their lives, that have been passed down through generations. Using drama as a tool, the project will provide recreational weekly workshops culminating in a performance for the participants to invite their audience. Read more

The Lemon Collective’s ‘Underground Playground’ - 12/2/2013
The other weekend, the labyrinthine Williamson Tunnels in Edge Hill were transformed into an art exhibition crossed with a concert. It was centred on the theme of advertising and it’s ever intrusive presence in our daily lives. jjSchaer went along and interviewed two of the Lemon Collective, the organisers behind the event. Read more

Fireweed - February Flowers for Valentine’s Day - 10/2/2013
Column by Sandra Gibson which celebrates the persistence of wildlife in urban conditions.
It’s likely that Geoffrey Chaucer was the first writer to link Valentine with romance. His poem Parlement of Fowles introduces the notion of St Valentine’s Day as a time for the pair bonding of birds and hence of love birds from our own species. Read more

Occupation of the ‘People’s’ Town Hall - 27/1/2013
Report from the protest outside the Convention Centre where council and faith leaders, from all over the country, were in Liverpool to discuss how they can pressure the government to introduce ‘fairer’ cuts. On the same day there was an occupation of the ‘People’s’ Town Hall. Read more

Auditions for The Jesus Conspiracy - Sat Feb 9th
Burjesta Theatre are auditioning for their next production ‘The Jesus Conspiracy’ an original and modern play by Scottish playwright Peter Burton. The play imagines Jesus as a historical, rather than religious, figure, a revolutionary fighting against the Jewish and Roman authorities and portrays his life and death.
Auditions will be held at The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ on Saturday 9th February. Read more

Fireweed - The Liberation of Sky - 22/1/2013
Column by Sandra Gibson which celebrates the persistence of wildlife in urban conditions.
Our deciduous trees lose their leaves in winter. There’s a sound economic reason: they need to conserve energy and minimise any damage caused by bad-ass weather. Cold dry winds strip moisture from leaves, which have a large surface area, and diminishing sunlight means decreased efficiency. Read more

Anfield Bakery saved - 17/1/2013
The old Mitchells Bakery is to reopen as a community run business and training facility. Homebaked Community Land Trust has raised the money they need through crowdsourcing for an oven.Jess Doyle one of the campaigners involved in the bakery said: “We have reached our target with 14 days still left of the campaign, but every penny donated can still help. Read more

The GIT Awards 2013: Peter Guy Interview - 15/1/2013
‘Scouse Mercury Prize’ the GIT Awards are returning for a second year after a hugely successful debut outing in 2012. Nerve met up with awards founder and writer/editor of the Getintothis blog Peter Guy to discuss the 2013 prize. Read more

Nerve Radio Training - From Tuesday January 8th 2013
Learn to produce your own radio show or podcast professionally. Setting up and using equipment for recording, editing and broadcast over twelve 3 hour sessions. Planning content, conducting interviews, editing it all together, making it sound good, and then of course finally broadcasting or publishing it to the world.
This is a 12 week course running at Toxteth TV, 10am-1pm on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday January 8th 2013. To register an interest or to enrol please email -

Nincompoop LP coverPlanet Claire: Claire Welles Interview - 8/1/2013
DIY musician Claire Welles, who has released well over a dozen self-recorded and self-released albums recently issued Nincompoop, the best distillation of her wayward pop songs to date. Nerve met up with her for an interview. Read more

The Work Programme - 8/1/2013
Mr. A writes about his experiences on the Work Programme:
The dole told me that as I had been on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) for over 12 months I had to go onto the new Work Programme that was getting everyone a job (sic) who went on it. Now this sounded great to me, because I was looking as hard as I could to find work as a welder pipe fitter. I thought this is good - they have contacts, that's great- I should be working by Christmas (2012). Read more

My Day At The Food Bank- 8/1/2013
Mr. A writes about his experiences at the food bank:
I walked a mile or so to the food bank. They gave me a big food parcel and I was really thankful. The only problem lay in all the food (except for a pack of bickies, cereal and long life milk) needed to be cooked ie. heated, boiled or at least microwaved. What I am going to do with all this food that needs cooking? Read more

The Pied Piper of Liverpool - Jan 25th, 26th, 28th, 30th & Feb 1st
‘Sometime in the near future’ and Liverpool is a city in crisis…As the Mayor closes down hospitals, schools and libraries...A plague of rats overruns the city….
Come from ‘afar’ the Pied Piper soon realises...That all is not as it seems at the Town Hall.
Burjesta Theatre presents….‘The Pied Piper of Liverpool’ at The Casa, Hope Street. Read more

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