VG&M Comic Art Festival in Liverpool this coming Friday and Saturday

VG&M Comic Art Festival

20 October 2017 – 21 October 2017

Moore & Reppion will be at the event 10 am until 2 pm on Friday, and 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday and will be tutoring/taking part in the comic writing workshops both days (11 am until 1 pm).

Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vgm-comic-art-festival-comic-writing-workshop-tickets-37561821419

The VG&M will host a Comic Art Festival in association with our ‘Beyond Dredd and Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins’ exhibition.

Booking is required for some of the events listed below but we will also be offering Superhero Sandwiches and Supervillain Pizzas in the Waterhouse Cafe, Cosplaying Judges on patrol throughout the building and the opportunity to take a selfie with Judge Dredd…if you dare!

Click the links below to find out more and to book for each event:

20 October

21 October

Craft Comic Fest in Liverpool at the end of the month

Craft Taproom is a new Liverpool bar owned and run by Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man writer, Tom Ward, and Wart writer Chris Welsh. So, of course, they’re putting on a mini comic con.

On Saturday the 29th of April, between 11am and 4pm, there’ll be a gang of comics folk hanging out in a bar. What could possibly go wrong?

Full details on the Facebook event page.

Excerpt from 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool: Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool and slavery

The following is an excerpt from the South Liverpool section of  800 Years of Haunted Liverpool (History Press, 2008)

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Spirits of Place 2016

Spirits of Place logo by Andy BloorOn Saturday the 2nd of April 2016 the Spirits of Place symposium was held at Calderstones Mansion House here in the heart of South Liverpool.

The whole thing came about when I saw that the venue was for hire and I started thinking about what kind of event it would be great to see there. Something the likes of which people who live in London, or Brighton say, might be quite used to seeing advertised but which there never seem to be very many of up here in the North. Something which fused historical and archaeological topics with things like folklore and myth and literature. Something which spoke of the stories – public, personal, true and otherwise – embedded and encoded in the landscape. Tentatively I made some enquiries, things spiralled quickly, and within a month I found myself at the helm of an actual event that had speakers and tickets for sale and was definitely an actual real thing.

And then, on Saturday, it happened. And it was successful. Very successful.  And people have sent me lovely tweets, and emails, and even written lovely blogs about it (here and here).

Lots of people have asked me if there will be another one, and do you know what? I think there probably will be. If you’d like to stay informed about that please subscribe here.

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Double #FolkloreThursday post: Hare’s Eggs for Easter, and Invoking the Spirits of Place

Hare’s Eggs at Easter

As the Easter weekend draws close, children and adults alike anticipating a chocolate egg binge, the internet is alive with articles on the “true” origins of Easter. Yet, could there be any truth in the idea that rabbits – or hares at least – do lay eggs?
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Invoking the Spirits of Placecalderstones-showing-cup-and-ring-f-beattie

South Liverpool, where I was born and live still, is a place full of green-spaces. Its abundance of woodlands, parks, cemeteries, playing fields and golf courses are linked by an intricate network of narrow, bramble-lined public footpaths and overgrown roadside verges. The more romantically inclined might be tempted to call them faerie paths, or corpse roads, and perhaps some once were such; back when an Iron Age fort stood on top of Woolton’s Camp Hill, or perhaps longer still.
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Spirits of Place – one month to go!

Spirits of Place A4 Poster No Bleed

Spirits of Place is a one day, multidisciplinary symposium taking place on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2016 in Calderstones Mansion house, Calderstones Park, Liverpool.

It’s a kind of cross between a conference and a working – a day of talks, readings, interviews, and screenings taking their cue from the neolithic Calderstones and their surroundings and then spiralling out to include all manner of related stuff.

Archaeology, history, folklore, magick, psychogeography/landscape-punk, fiction, and all points between will be covered.

A full list of guests, talks, and (approximate) times is online at tiny.cc/spiritsofplace where tickets can be purchased for £15 (plus booking fee).

I hope you can join us there.