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EDITOR’S LETTER With 2017 now in full swing it’s shaping up to be a year of celebrations in Liverpool. Already a city renowned for its culture and spectacular events, the coming 12 months will bring a host of attractions and special exhibitions as prominent venues mark milestone birthdays. From Bluecoat’s 300th year to Open Eye Gallery’s four decades and The Cavern Club’s swinging 60th, we take a look at what’s in store and explore their vibrant histories. Plus we chat to Liverpool’s ‘Mersey Sound’ poet Brian Patten, as the now iconic anthology he wrote with Roger McGough and Adrian Henri turns 50 this year. And from reflecting on the past to looking to the future, our Hot Topic finds out whether off-site housebuilding in factory conditions could be the way forward for developers.

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06 Market Highlights Beautiful hallways give our pick of homes a warm welcome 20 News New measures to tackle rogue landlords are welcomed 26 ON THE COVER Hot Topic Is off-site development the way forward for housebuilders?

40 ON THE COVER 2017: A cultural milestone Popular city venues and attractions prepare to celebrate milestone birthdays 45 Food & Drink We try South Liverpool’s Verdant and pick out the best restaurants for game 46 Streetlife What’s on around the city


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Step into this beautiful seven-bedroom Victorian-era home and the effort which has gone into its first class restoration is immediately apparent. The property’s grand staircase is a worthy centrepiece with a high ceiling window helping to flood the elegant reception area with plenty of natural light. Quality touches continue throughout with a spacious open plan lounge to the rear and numerous cellar rooms ideal for gym or entertainment uses.

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Tucked away on a prestigious Crosby cul-de-sac, this Victorianera semi-detached home boasts original wood flooring and period furniture. An ornate staircase gives access to six bedrooms as well as a wine cellar, wet room and three reception rooms. The property also enjoys wellappointed gardens to the front and side with a large decked area overlooking the rear garden.

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Forming part of a historic dwelling in the heart of Woolton Park, this 10-bedroom semidetached property welcomes guests with a classically finished entrance hall featuring an authentic cloaks cupboard. The property has retained much of its original character and charm with a sophisticated drawing room and two interconnecting staircases leading to the main landing and seven bedrooms. A lobby connects the main house to an adapted end coachouse which provides further accommodation including a bedroom suite with wet room.

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Dentwood Street, Dingle, L8

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Spinney Crescent, Blundellsands, L23

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Ince Road, Thornton, L23 • Outstanding 4 Bedroom Detached • Modern Open Plan Kitchen • Good Size Lounge • Ground Floor Shower Room

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Lower Alt Road, Hightown, L38

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2005–2015 5,198 Properties sold over £280 million raised

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Calling for Lots! Start the year with a property sale with Merseyside’s leading Auction House Next auction 9th February @ Crowne Plaza St Nicholas Place, Princes Dock L3 1QW For a free, no obligation valuation contact us now auctions@suttonkersh.co.uk or 0151 207 6315 Lots to include…

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12 Heald Street, Garston, Liverpool L19 2LY

34 Fallowfield Road, Liverpool L15 5BW

53 Grasmere Street, Liverpool L5 6RH

3 Whittington House, Beach Road, Litherland, Liverpool L21 2NE

Guide price £290,000+*

Guide price £55,000–65,000*

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Guide price £50,000+*

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3 Ridgewell Close, Litherland, Liverpool L21 2ND

68 Scorton Street, Liverpool L6 4AT

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52 Pinehurst Avenue, Anfield, L4 7UH

18a Nutter Road, ThorntonCleveleys, Lancashire FY5 1BG

Guide price £100,000+*

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Guide price £55,000–60,000*

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To view the full list of properties available at the 9th February auction please visit www.suttonkersh.co.uk *Guide prices are provided as an indication of each seller’s minimum expectation. They are not necessarily figures at which a property will sell for and may change at any time prior to auction. Unless stated otherwise, each lot will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer cannot sell the lot during the auction). We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than 10% above a single figure guide. Sutton Kersh is a trading name of Countrywide Estate Agents, an appointed representative of Countrywide Principal Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England No. 00789476, Registered Office: 88–103 Caldecotte Lake Drive, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes, MK7 8JT.

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NEWS MERSEYSIDE PROPERTY EXPERT WELCOMES MEASURES TO TACKLE ROGUE LANDLORDS Proposed new government measures to crack down on rogue landlords and agents have been welcomed by an industry expert in Merseyside.

Paul Nicholson has welcomed the government’s proposed measures

Plans for banning orders, set out by housing minister Gavin Barwell, are currently being consulted on by the public and, if given the go-ahead, would indefinitely prevent those who mistreat tenants from letting or managing properties. Names of offending agents and landlords would also be kept on a national database as part of the initiative. Proposed offences include failing to carry out necessary work required to prevent a health and safety risk or illegally evicting tenants. Paul Nicholson, managing director of Liverpool City Region property firm Luxor Group, says: “While recent government intervention, such as the banning of letting agent fees, has been met with mixed opinions,

this move should be welcomed by the industry. “Banning rogue landlords and agents who mistreat their tenants will reinforce maintaining the highest of standards and strengthen the industry. The reputation of the private rented sector would be improved under the measures and hardworking landlords and investors can continue to prosper. “While the vast majority of landlords are professional, the poor practice of a few can tarnish the reputation of the sector as a whole. Ensuring tenants are safe and protected from exploitation should be of upmost importance and is something which underpins all our property endeavours at Luxor, as a landlord and investor throughout Merseyside.” The government’s public consultation continues until 10 February and, if progressed, the measures are expected to be in place from 1 October.

Countryside starts 2017 with ‘significant developments’ The new year is already bringing “significant developments” for Countryside as it prepares to launch Merseyside schemes in the months ahead. The housebuilder says it ended 2016 on a high across the region, as a total of 376 North West families welcomed the arrival of 2017 in new Countryside properties. Meanwhile 36 homes are said to have been reserved off-plan at six sites around the region which are due to launch this year. Peter Vella, regional sales and marketing director at the firm which hails the government’s Help to Buy scheme as a factor in its ongoing sales success, says: “This year has seen some significant developments for Countryside, including an exciting new partnership with Knowsley Council and the launch of our Midlands office. “This year is already looking up for the region’s house hunters as we’re preparing to launch a number of new developments throughout Greater Manchester and Merseyside." For further information about Countryside’s developments, visit www.countrysideproperties.co.uk.

Countryside is preparing to launch new Merseyside developments in 2017


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NEWS

The Trinity Lodge retirement homes will be previewed at a special event

SPECIAL EVENT TO PREVIEW FORMBY RETIREMENT HOMES Churchill Retirements’ new Formby homes will be unveiled to potential buyers this month when an exclusive preview event takes place. The 19 January showcase at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa will offer a chance for guests to hear more about the 42 one and two-bedroom apartments being developed at the Trinity Lodge scheme. There will also be an opportunity to view the plans for the retirement development, which will include facilities such as a guest suite, owners’ lounge with coffee bar, landscaped gardens and a 24-hour care and support system, before the general public. A sales office and show complex aren’t due to open at the development site until February 2017, with priority appointments currently being booked through sales consultants. The first occupants are expected to move into the site, which will also benefit from a lodge manager and a video door entry site, in March. For further information about attending the preview event call 01425 462 158.

NEW ADDITION FOR GROWING MERSEYSIDE HOUSEBUILDER Growing Merseyside housebuilder Forth Homes is continuing its expansion in 2017 with the appointment of a new senior site manager. Dave Guy has joined the team to lead the firm’s latest luxury housing project off Church Road in Huyton with Roby and brings almost 30 years of experience in the construction industry. In particular, 22 years of Dave’s career have been spent focusing on construction management and he has previously held roles including project manager, contracts manager and senior site manager. A spokesperson for Forth Homes, which has made a number of new appointments in recent months, says: “Dave has worked predominantly on the construction of private housing and apartments and has also had a lot of involvement in the commercial and social housing sector. “He joins Forth Homes as senior site

Dave Guy is the latest addition to the Forth Homes team

manager and we are delighted to bring him on board as the business grows and acquires more sites across the North West and beyond. “Dave is really excited to be joining the team.”

DIVORCING COUPLES MUST KNOW THEIR RIGHTS OVER MATRIMONIAL HOME URGES LAW FIRM Divorcing couples in Liverpool are being urged to be aware of their legal rights regarding their matrimonial home. City law firm Paul Crowley Jennifer Carr is advising couples & Co has to be aware of their rights over reported a their matrimonial home sharp rise in clients issuing divorce proceedings this January, but says there are common misconceptions over what happens to property when assets are divided. According to the practice many couples believe that if the former matrimonial home is registered in the sole name of either spouse then it will remain their absolute property, however this isn’t necessarily the case. Upon divorce the division of matrimonial property does not consider whose name the property is in, or whether it is held jointly as either joint tenants or tenants in common, but is divided according to the individual circumstances of each couple. Solicitor Jennifer Carr, a matrimonial expert at Paul Crowley & Co, explains: “Many married couples aren’t aware of what will happen to their marital home when divorce proceedings are issued. For many people, a home is likely to be one of the biggest investments they will ever make and will be paramount to their financial security, and so it is vital they are aware of their legal rights. “Upon divorce, matrimonial assets including property are divided according to a number of factors to create a fair settlement. This includes, but is not limited to, respective income and financial resources, the financial needs or responsibilities of the respective parties and the contribution they have made to the welfare of the family, as well as the duration of the marriage. “Everyone’s circumstances are different which is why it is so important to seek legal advice on the matter and understand your legal rights.”


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NEWS APARTMENTS AT FORMER REECE’S BALLROOM FULLY SOLD Work on the building’s transformation began last October

Apartments at the former ballroom where John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia held their wedding reception have been fully sold. The Parker Street residences have been snapped up off plan just 12 months after developer Caro Developments acquired the building. Designed by architect practice Falconer Chester Hall, the project will comprise 91 studio and onebedroom apartments. Work to convert the upper floors and rooftop of the former Reece’s Ballroom is well underway with contractors currently strengthening steelwork in preparation for extending the building from five to seven floors. Lee Darwen, operations director at Caro Developments, says: “It’s an exciting time for Liverpool’s Clayton Square area which has seen a lot of investment and improvements in the past year. “The apartments are a great addition to the ongoing investment in the area. “Overseas interest has been key to the overwhelming success of Parker Street, with lots of interest coming from both Europe and further afield. “In the wake of Brexit it’s more than encouraging to see that there is still a lot of faith and interest in Liverpool’s residential offering.”

SUTTON KERSH GEARS UP FOR FIRST AUCTION OF  Sutton Kersh is preparing to build on its most successful year to date when it hosts its first auction of 2017. The Merseyside firm raised more than £46 million and sold over 600 properties in 2016 and is aiming to pick up where it left off when its latest lots go under the hammer on 9 February. A three-storey Victorian house on Hadassah Grove in Liverpool, with a guide price of £290,000, is among the standout lots up for grabs. The semi-detached property has been converted to provide eight letting rooms, all of which are currently occupied, giving a 10% return. Meanwhile the Polaris Public House in Skelmersdale, which comprises a ground floor pub and a three-bedroom flat above, presents a redevelopment opportunity. The lots in and around Merseyside will be on offer alongside wider North West opportunities including a four-bedroomed detached farmhouse in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Cathy Holt, associate director at Sutton Kersh, says: “We’re coming off the back of our most successful year so we are all looking forward to what 2017 has in store for us. “It was great to have the Christmas break and for everybody to have the time off, but now we’re back we can’t wait to kick this year off with our first auction in February.” The auction will take place at The Crowne Plaza in Liverpool city centre. For more information call 0151 207 6315.

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here’s nothing especially unusual about the appearance of the 33 houses occupying Belle Vale’s Naylorsfield Drive, but delve into their origin and the innovation becomes apparent. The ‘eco’ properties on Liverpool Mutual Homes’ (LMH) social housing development were built many miles from the scheme under specialist factory conditions and later crane-lifted into position. Ground floors, upper storeys and roofs were constructed in sequence by Manchester-based developer Bowsall before utility services were hooked up and the interiors were fitted out. This emerging method of building is called off-site - also known as modular - construction and it’s proving a great asset to social landlords, who are under constant pressure to deliver high quality, best value housing quickly. It may sound unorthodox but off-site construction is believed to have benefits over traditional housebuilding, such as reduced wastage, a streamlined supply chain, lesser reliance on traditional skills and swifter completion time as work under factory conditions is not hampered by variables like bad weather. The £3.5 million Belle Vale scheme is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in Britain and LMH claims the modular building method shaved an estimated six months off development. “It was faster than traditional housebuilding and it helped us get rent in quicker,” Ben Seabrook, assistant development officer for new business at LMH, tells Your Move. “That’s the key for us as a housing association. There’s always a housing demand out there - as soon as we hand over the property with the contractor there’s often somebody moving in that same day. “You will get some bigger housebuilders that can complete construction quickly but this requires flooding the site with a lot of manpower. With the off-site method you don’t need to do that as everything comes pre-built - it’s just a case of piecing things together.” Housing minister Gavin Barwell added his voice to calls for off-site housebuilding to become mainstream after visiting the Naylorsfield Drive site, but how viable is this notion? According to Ben, the speedy completion rates off-site construction offers give it potential beyond the social sector and he has identified the firsttime buyers market as a future area of impact. “There’s definitely scope for off-site housebuilding to become mainstream,” he says. “The speed of this method makes it a good fit for social housing, but it could also benefit first-time buyers by giving them the option to move into their new home within six months of construction commencing.” In 2004, industry-wide group Buildoffsite was formed to champion modular techniques in the UK construction sector and encourage their widespread adoption. Speaking to Your Move, the group’s chairman Andy Dix claims mainstream housebuilders across the industry could be forced to up their investment in modular techniques to counter challenges such as labour shortages and securing building materials within tight deadlines. “PRS (private rented sector) clients and social

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“The speed of this method makes it a good fit for social housing, but it could also benefit first-time buyers by giving them the option to move into their new home within six months of construction commencing.” housing providers are attracted to the benefits of off-site construction methods,” he says. “Volume housebuilders build out low rise schemes only in response to sales and are therefore less likely to see massive benefits from the productivity gains that off-site can enable. “However, problems in ensuring the on-time delivery of commodity materials such as bricks and blocks coupled with increasing difficulties in obtaining and retaining good quality labour are requiring almost all major housebuilders to make increased use of off-site methods.” Indeed, there are signs that Liverpool’s leading housebuilders are dabbling in off-site techniques, with Countryside turning to factories to supplement some of its latest timber frame schemes. Peter Vella, regional sales and marketing director at the firm, says modular elements have complemented Countryside’s timber frame output and has revealed plans to introduce more of them going forward, albeit with cautious and controlled execution. “Factory fitted windows, insulation and preplastered walls are amongst changes that Countryside will be introducing but in the future we will look to do even more on the factory floor, including ready-made roofs and modular floor construction,” he tells Your Move. “This means that the homes can remain even more air and watertight and it will also reduce the number of lorries transporting materials to the site. “There are a lot of advances being made in timber frame construction, but as a rule we resist the temptation of introducing too many changes at once. Instead, our approach is to manage the introduction of new techniques gradually, ensuring that each one works efficiently and when it does, we will move onto the next one.” Such positive testimonies for modular construction suggest there is scope for it to become a more prevalent discipline both here in

Liverpool and further afield, but this begs the question of whether the skills and training is in place to support its expansion. Ben Seabrook believes many of the skills taught on traditional building courses are transferable to off-site housebuilding, but points out that qualifications with a more direct focus on the technique may be needed if modular construction becomes widespread. “At the moment people go to college and may come out to be a joiner or a bricklayer,” he explains. “Those skills can be transferred into the modular housing discipline but there would need to be courses dedicated to modular housebuilding - or at least courses with modular elements - for it to become mainstream. “All of the people who worked on our site were general tradespeople and their skills could be transferred across, but there is the potential for colleges to one day make off-site construction a skill in itself as that may hold more appeal to some students.” According to Andy, modular construction could fulfil its residential potential by increasing productivity in the industry if the demand for new homes and necessary funding is present. “Housebuilders will only invest in building homes if there is a market demand and they are confident that they will be able to generate the required rate of return,” he explains. “The most substantial area of housing need is for social housing and the challenge is really for the government to decide if it is prepared to invest the required resources to deliver the homes that are needed in the UK to avoid overcrowding and costly alternative arrangements.” The government has promised to set out “radical” plans to boost the nation’s housing supply in its housing white paper this month, and with Gavin Barwell clearly impressed by what he saw in Belle Vale, the off-site construction advocates will be watching developments with keen interest. Your Move 27


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THROUGHOUT  LIVERPOOL WILL CELEBRATE  YEARS SINCE BRIAN PATTEN ROGER MCGOUGH AND THE LATE ADRIAN HENRI – ALSO KNOWN AS THE ‘LIVERPOOL POETS’ – RELEASED THEIR INFLUENTIAL AND HUGELY POPULAR ANTHOLOGY ‘THE MERSEY SOUND’ NOW A BESTSELLER WITH UPDATED VERSIONS HAVING BEEN ISSUED ACROSS THE DECADES THE BOOK’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY WILL BE MARKED WITH EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES AT VENUES INCLUDING THE EVERYMAN UNITY THEATRE AND LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL WE CATCH UP WITH BRIAN PATTEN TO TALK ABOUT THE ICONIC WORK AND ITS ONGOING IMPACT AS WELL AS HIS OWN SOURCES OF POETIC INSPIRATION AND FORTHCOMING PROJECTS 36 Your Move

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HOW DID YOU INITIALLY COME TO WORK WITH ROGER MCGOUGH AND ADRIAN HENRI? I met them when I was 15 and I’d just left school at Sefton Park Secondary Modern. I’d found a basement coffee bar called Streats in which poetry readings were held occasionally. Roger and Adrian were there and I was introduced to them by some girl who said ‘this 15-year-old is a poet as well’. That’s how I got to know them first, and then I did a few articles promoting the poetry readings at the club. I’d got a job on local newspaper the Bootle Times – God knows how I got it, I was a lousy speller and I’d passed no exams at all but the editor was obviously like-minded when it came to education. Some people are good at exams and some people are good at other things, and I liked writing instead.


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TALENT IN THE CITY doing his poetry, there were various folk singers and there was a nice little scene. We didn’t look towards London as it were, and the music that happened with the poetry. In London they were doing it with jazz and it was all intellectual and posh but we didn’t feel like that. We felt it was really important to be the best we could and to make it accessible. WHEN ‘THE MERSEY SOUND’ CAME OUT DID IT FEEL LIKE IT WAS GOING TO BE THE SUCCESS THAT IT IS NOW? No, it caught us all by surprise because there was another book at the time that had four or five other poets in it called ‘The Liverpool Scene’ and that was full of photographs, but they were all poets who were doing readings at Streats. There was a guy called Pete Brown who was a friend and a good poet and he went on to become a songwriter. He wrote ‘I Feel Free’ for Cream, for example, and I remember him writing it on a napkin. We were really lucky with the success of our book but I think, at first, the label ‘Liverpool Poets’ was one we were a bit dubious about because it was a way for a lot of the critics at the time to say ‘this is Liverpool poetry, it’s not real poetry’. But then I got used to it because labels have their uses, you at least know what’s on the can. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS BEEN THE KEY TO ‘THE MERSEY SOUND’S’ LONG-TERM SUCCESS? I think all of us and our sweetheart Adrian, who died so long ago now, carried on doing poetry readings together - we were visible and the book kept on selling. I don’t think it’s been out of print for 50 years, which is ridiculous really.

WERE YOU JUST AIMING TO WRITE IN ANY WAY AT THAT POINT OR WAS POETRY ALWAYS YOUR REAL FOCUS? I started writing poetry when I was 13 and it was very angst-ridden. Also nobody in the house in which I grew up really spoke to each other and it was a way of putting one’s own thoughts down. Then when I was 15 I started a magazine called ‘Underdog’ and a year or two before ‘The Mersey Sound’ was released I published some of the iconic poems that were later in the book. I published that magazine from when I was 15 years old until 17 and then I gave up.

HAS THE MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY BEEN SOMETHING YOU’VE THOUGHT ABOUT A LOT? I think it’s amazing. There’s no two ways about it, that little book has really helped one’s career and paid a lot of bills along the way. It’s not like having a vastly successful record – it doesn’t sell that much and make that kind of money as such, but poetry never did. I’m really chuffed about it though. Also, I’m remembering back to some of the people who were friends around that time, there’s a lot of nostalgia there. It’s opened the door for the later performance poets too. It did have a lot of influence and I think it gave poetry back to the people who wanted to write it rather than it being controlled by those who wanted to write about it, those who fed off it.

WHAT WAS LIVERPOOL LIKE AT THE TIME AS A PLATFORM FOR CREATIVITY? Well there was the Streats club and then I began organising weekly poetry readings with a few mates in venues like Sampson and Barlow and the Green Moose. They were popular, and people were coming to them who weren’t really university type people because there was a lot of humour in it. Roger would come along with The Scaffold to try out things there occasionally, Adrian was

ONE OF LIVERPOOL’S ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IS THE STAGE ADAPTATION OF YOUR FAMILY BOOK ‘THE STORY GIANT’ AT THE EVERYMAN HOW HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN THE ADAPTATION? I’ve had meetings with the director, Matt Rutter, and the writer, Lindsay Rodden, and given ideas which they’ve taken on board. I’m very much looking forward to seeing it and having more influence on it as well, as it’s very much in the process of coming together.

 The hugely popular ‘The Mersey Sound’ is 50 years old in 2017

IS WRITING MORE FAMILY ORIENTATED WORK AND POETRY FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES SOMETHING THAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU? It has been. The children’s poetry is nearly all comic, nearly all humour. In fact I’d say that’s 90% with the children’s stuff because it’s really about getting them on side. I always think that if you can get kids into reading humorous poems you can smuggle a few serious ones in and they may stick. Also, kids are caught up in this thou shall not do this or that world of adults and to have any book that they can read is a world they can escape into. WHERE DO YOUR INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATIONS COME FROM THESE DAYS? It’s such a hard thing to say. It’s whatever’s around me and, of course, as one gets older I find the poems getting darker. One’s dealing with mortality and the death of friends. I think I’ve written more eulogies now than I have love poems recently. I’ve always thought of my work, in a way, as a kind of heightened diary - an emotional diary that’s accessible. ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY OTHER PROJECTS BEYOND ‘THE MERSEY SOUND’ ANNIVERSARY? I’ve written a memoir which I thought I’d finished but was never quite pleased enough with so I’m toying with that a bit more, and I’ve just put together a collection of eulogies but I haven’t got a publisher for it yet. It’s mostly a book of eulogies for gone friends. YOURMOVEMAGAZINECOM for more celebrity interviews Your Move 37


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Bluecoat is not only the oldest building in Liverpool city centre but the oldest arts centre in the UK, so it’s no wonder a bumper bash is being lined up to recognise its 300 years in the city. In a fitting 300-day long celebratory programme, the contemporary arts hub will nod to its history and look to the future with innovative works, rising artists and events for children. A special ‘Public View’ display, opening on 4 February, will showcase work by 100 artists who have previously exhibited at the venue including Yoko Ono and previous Turner Prize winners Jeremy Deller and Mark Leckey. Such art world icons announced so far only scratch the surface of the long list of big names who have showcased at the gallery over the years though. A 1911 Post-Impressionist exhibition is highlighted as one of Bluecoat’s key moments by artistic director Bryan Biggs, as it saw none other than Picasso and Matisse exhibit alongside Liverpool artists. In a city now famed for its arts and cultural offering, Bluecoat has long been supporting the creative talent in the area and beyond. “It has been an important resource for local artists, including visual artists, craft makers, musicians, dancers and writers,” says Bryan. “Many of them had early support and encouragement, either presenting their work here or being based in one of our studios, which have been running since 1907. “Artists from outside the city are regularly supported to create new work, with many going on to achieve a national profile such as future Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, whose seminal ‘Acid Brass’ was commissioned by Bluecoat in 1997.” 40 Your Move

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The anniversary year will also see more of the building’s history being brought to light with the help of the community, as the ambitious Heritage Lottery Funded ‘My Bluecoat’ project continues. Fascinating discoveries have already been made since research for the initiative got underway, including details of the building’s designers finally being unearthed. Engineer Thomas Steers and mason Thomas Litherland were revealed as the ‘architects’ behind the historic structure last September, solving a long-running mystery. “This, and further research into who funded the old school building, has shown just how closely connected Bluecoat was to the mercantile maritime culture of the expanding port, further supporting our claim that the building represents the birth of modern Liverpool,” says Bryan. Through the project, which will also host heritage events during 2017, archives relating to the building will be digitised and made public. Other 300th anniversary highlights will include the showcase of an unfinished composition by the late French composer Pierre Henry, which will be performed at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral by his sound designer Thierry Balasse, 50 years after it was originally commissioned. Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour will bring her major solo display, ‘In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain’ to Bluecoat and group exhibition ‘Abacus’ will open for children. The University of Liverpool’s Dr Paul Jones will also be the arts centre’s sociologist in residence throughout the year with a programme focusing on architecture, culture and society. “The year's programme is designed to bring together heritage and the contemporary, and we hope that audiences will share our excitement at the possibilities this will open up for thinking differently about art and ideas across time - including Bluecoat's future engagement with civic life and being relevant to our times,” adds Bryan.


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CELEBRATIONS IN THE CITY

1960s

Synonymous with legendary Liverpool band The Beatles and the 1960s’ Merseybeat movement, The Cavern Club is at the heart of the city’s musical heritage and known across the globe. One only needs to glance at the bricks of Mathew Street’s Wall of Fame to grasp the importance of the self-professed ‘Most Famous Club in the World’ throughout the decades and the calibre of stars it has hosted on its stage. The city’s own Cilla Black and icons including Queen and Stevie Wonder are just a few of the stand-out acts to have graced the venue. Now 60 years since it opened as a cellar jazz club on 16 January 1957, The Cavern is kicking off its milestone birthday festivities with charity concerts on 15-16 January. Sixties’ tribute band The Overtures will lead the line-up at ‘The History of the Cavern’ shows, being held at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, which will raise funds for BBC Children in Need and Radio City’s Cash for Kids. The events are just the beginning of a string of celebrations lined-up to mark the special occasion and reflect on the club’s vibrant history. “We will also be releasing a 60th anniversary documentary and book, and on the big day itself we will have live music and an unveiling of a Cilla Black statue outside the original Cavern entrance,” says The Cavern Club director Bill Heckle. These days the club exists as an authentic reconstruction of the original rock ‘n’ roll performance space on the opposite side of the street, which was closed in the early 1970s to make way for British Rail’s underground railway loop development. The replica opened in 1984, incorporating some bricks from the previous structure. Its musical importance from the early days still stands though, and The Cavern Club continues to attract prominent names. While 2016 saw the club welcome the likes of blues-rock star Joe Bonamassa and Big Country to perform, 2017’s schedule is so far set to include soul singer Geno Washington, long time Simple Minds drummer Mel Gaynor and guitarist Albert Lee.

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Present day

Liverpool’s photography focused Open Eye Gallery has moved from the city centre’s Whitechapel, to Bold Street and to Wood Street since its 1977 opening, but its present Mann Island location is where it will celebrate its landmark 40th birthday. Throughout the four decades the attraction prides itself on having “championed the agency of photography as art, as social and historical document, and as integral to the cultural impact of music, fashion, architecture and many other disciplines”. A new ‘Wall Work’ has been unveiled on the facade at the waterfront this month, providing a snapshot of Open Eye’s successful history through the memories of exhibitors, volunteers, partners, visitors and staff. The likes of photographer Martin Parr to the Mann Island gallery’s architect, Tim Riley are among those who have harked back to their personal key moments in Open Eye’s past for the project. Meanwhile a run of exhibitions during the year ahead will aim to celebrate Open Eye Gallery’s “deep connection to place”. “Working in partnership, we explore the visual identity of the North, the city as a site for global exchange, the history and future of counter culture and the people and communities of our city region,” says a spokesperson for the gallery, which has been at its current site since 2011. The newly launched ‘North: Identity, Photography and Fashion’ is kicking off the 2017 approach, as it explores the influence the North of England has had on national and international visual culture and fashion. Open Eye Gallery’s forthcoming ‘Cultural Shifts’ and ‘Liverpool Agents of Change’ will also see photographers work with communities and businesses around the city region to find stories reflecting peoples’ identities and look at how change is being driven in the area. Your Move 41


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GASTRO GAME The Monro, Duke Street This awardwinning venue, with its genuinely fresh ingredients which are in season and sourced locally, was previously crowned the Best Gastropub of the Year. In its new winter menu you can choose a selection of game dishes including confit rabbit ravioli, carrot and tarragone; with duck breast and confit leg and potato terrine, chestnut and sprout leaves also proving to be a highlight.

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME Buyers Club, Hardman Street Buyers Club has launched its winter menu for the start of 2017 and game is a recurrent theme. This also coincides with the release of a new brunch menu at the eatery, bar and music venue. Highlights of the winter offering include roast pigeon served with date puree, pear and roasted hazelnut and the venison loin served with mushroom duxelle and truffle sauce.

ACCLAIMED GAME The Art School, Sugnall Street In need of a country retreat? Well The Art School offers the next best alternative and is the perfect place to warm the cockles of your heart. Serving up a truly authentic and hearty selection of game dishes, the city’s popular fine dining destination focuses on seasonality and locality to bring customers the best ingredients. Expect to see venison, partridge and pheasant among the restaurant’s winter dishes.

VERDANT Allerton Road, L18 Promising a touch of class, Allerton Road’s upmarket French eatery Verdant set tongues wagging across South Liverpool in the first few months since its opening. Taking up the space vacated by Canvas Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, Verdant certainly looked the part when my date and I arrived on an icy Saturday evening. Living up to its lofty aspirations aesthetics-wise is one thing, but what about the food? Was it all style and no substance? Scanning the menu in search of an appetiser, my eyes were instantly drawn to two standout ingredients truffle and caviar. Being somewhat of a philistine when it comes to haute cuisine I’ll admit to never having sampled either so I was anxious to give them both a try. After a period of deliberation with my date, it was decided I was to order the Cauliflower Velouté (£7), served with spiced tempura cauliflower, Lancashire quail egg and foraged black truffle, whilst my partner had the Salmon Verdant (£7) which came with hot smoked pâté, caviar and Wirral herbs. The velouté, which I later learned is the French term

REVIEW BY LAWRENCE SAUNDERS for a soup thickened with egg yolks, butter and cream, was delicious but it was the inclusion of the truffle shavings combined with the crispy vegetables which lifted this dish out of the ordinary. My partner’s starter was another unqualified success, with our first experience of the unique taste of caviar proving most enjoyable. After a show-stopping set of appetisers, the pressure was on the kitchen to serve up an equally knockout pair of mains. Thankfully they didn't disappoint. Now, without wanting to come over all corny, my Pork and Apple (£14) - belly pork served with potato boulangere, vegetables and an apple puree - was genuinely one of the best plates of food I’ve ever eaten. For someone who has always avoided crackling like the plague for fear of an expensive trip to the dentist, I was a touch apprehensive before tucking into my generous belly cut but I needn’t have been. The thin and crispy crackling was the highlight of the dish, perfectly complementing the

juicy pork strip. My dining partner was equally as enthralled with her main - the Cheshire Lamb (£16), served with lamb fat fondant and a marrow jus. The rump was just the right shade of pink and offered the perfect remedy for a freezing winter’s night. Time for dessert and my confidante’s Sticky Toffee Pudding (£7) with Iranian bejewelled dates and butterscotch sauce kept the hearty theme going with some contemporary touches helping to elevate this teatime classic. I plumped for the Hot Chocolate Bomb (£7) served with fondant, berries, French cream and chocolate ice cream. The indulgent sweet proved the perfect bookend for the evening without being too heavy going. 2017 may still be in its infancy but Liverpool’s eateries have some way to go if they plan on dislodging Verdant from the top of the pile in my book. Simply superb, this restaurant lived up to the hype and then some.

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Sessions Faction's 6th birthday

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Constellations Reggae, hip hop, dubstep and jungle club night Sessions Faction will celebrate its sixth anniversary with a pulsating party headlined by D1 and Sukh Knight.

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Playhouse Graham Fellows’ comic creation John Shuttleworth takes to the stage to perform ribtickling songs, ponder his own mortality and wax lyrical about his first encounter with a Polo mint.

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