The Atkinson Showcases Merseyside Literature This Weekend  With Off the Page

The Atkinson Showcases Merseyside Literature This Weekend With Off the Page

On Saturday 3 October come to The Atkinson and be part of Off the Page, a day that provides a taste of the richness of literature on Merseyside.

From community projects to readings by writers, poets, workshops and more, Off the Page has activities and events taking place 10am to late and for all ages!

News from Nowhere – Liverpool’s legendary, radical community bookshop will be selling books, pamphlets and other literary paraphernalia in the foyer from 10am to 4pm.

For families the day offers fun interactive activities all linked to reading – starting with our very young visitors and The Bluecoat’s Baby Book Club in the  Children’s Library from 10.30am to 11.30am. Come along and drop in as it’s never too early to start reading together! This session is for parents with babies aged 3 – 12 months.

Kaleidoscope Magazine, a new free creative magazine for kids hosts its special Poetry Trail for children aged 5+.  Grab yourself a copy and help us decorate their Poet-tree in the Children’s Library throughout the day from 10.30am-4.30pm.

The Windows Project has their Amazing Push Poem Machine ready and waiting from 10.30am to 4.30pm. You can just drop in, throw a ball, pick a letter and add a word to the world’s longest-running communal poem.

Southport Writers Circle invites you to dare to be literary in one of their famous Writing Workshops. Produce a poem from thin air! Build worlds with friends! Invent imaginary people with the greatest of ease! All this and more in a session where you will surprise yourself with how amazingly creative you can be. This takes place in The Art Box from 10.30am to 12.15pm.

Liverpool Poetry Café are Talking Poetry in The Atkinson Gallery between 11am and 12noon. This is an opportunity to listen and discuss archival poetry recordings on CD and DVD, including poets reading their own works.  The event includes work from great poetic voices to obscure gems. The event is free, but please book your place in advance by calling Box Office on 01704 533 333.

Throughout the day The Windows Project present, your friendly ‘poetry waiter’ who will help you solve the word puzzles write a poem or even read a poem at your table! He will be on hand throughout the day to entertain people while they enjoy the fresh cakes, biscuits and specials all made by our new chef!

North End Writers present the Liverpool Elegies Reading & Workshop with Aileen La Tourette, novelists and poet and Maria Isakova Bennett – poet and artist. The session provides thought provoking readings followed by a writing workshop in the Theatre Bar between 11.30am and 1pm. To book your place, please email: or call 07875 434 292.

The Reader Organisation is a charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. They host a session that explores some literacy greats and well-loved prose in the Studio between 11.30am – 12.30pm. The event is free to simply drop-in!

Bluecoat Storytellers brings The Great Big Meaning Machine to The Atkinson between 12.30pm – 2pm in The Art Box. Stories have been shared in every culture for entertainment, learning and remembering. Come to listen or participate. This is a free event but booking is advised, please call Box Office on 01704 533 333.

Writing on the Wall present Tim Quinn, a scriptwriter, illustrator and editor for the Beano, The Dandy and Dr Who magazine is delivering a free Marvel Comic Workshop in the Studio between 1pm – 2pm. Join the notorious Tim Quinn for an exclusive, hands on workshop to make your own comic book creation!  This is a free event but booking is advised, please call Box Office on 01704 533 333.

Based in Liverpool, the Circle of Literacy Friends is the oldest multi-cultural group active across the North West. Hosted by Rubina Khan with guest speakers, the famous Poet Playwright Basir Kazmi MBE who will give an english talk on What is an Urdu Mushaira?  Basir Kazmi will be supported by Nughmana Kanwal, who has 10 poetry volumes comprising more than 30,000 lines to her credit..Takes place in the Theatre Bar from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. For more information on the event please call 07977 459474.

What’s Your Story from Writing on the Wall is an exciting and exclusive one off free creative writing workshop in The Art Box between 2.30pm- 4.30pm. To reserve your place please call Box office on 01704 533 333.

Late in the afternoon Liverpool Poetry Café introduces the Rommi Smith Trio in the Studio from 4.15pm to 5.15pm. She explores the boundaries between poetry, spoken word and live improvised music.

Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright. She has held numerous prestigious international residencies for organisations ranging from the British Council, to the BBC; The Florence Nightingale Museum to The Houses of Parliament. BBC Poet in Residence for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Poet in Residence for BBC Music Live, Rommi has written and performed extensively across BBC Radio.

Awarded commissions for programmes including: From Fact to Fiction; BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama; Poetry Please, Late Junction; The Verb and Woman’s Hour, Rommi’s contribution to Woman’s Hour was a selected feature for Weekend Woman’s Hour.The event is free but please book your ticket by calling Box office on 01704 533 333.

The University of Liverpool presents Marli Roode in conversation with Dr David Hering in the Children’s Library between 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Come and hear Marli Roode talk about her career so far. Her book Call it Dog was shortlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. The event is Free, booking advised, please call Box Office on 01704 533 333.

Other activities throughout the day include Curtis Watt, the Liverpool born and based performance poet as The Wandering Poet with Djembe.

We end the day in style with Blackeyed Theatre’s production of the F, Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece Great Gatsby.  An exciting new production featuring live music alongside to create a truly fresh and inspiring theatrical experience.

Immerse yourself  in the decadence of America’s ‘Jazz Age’, recreating the sights, sounds and feel of America’s ‘Roaring Twenties’ as seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece is a brilliant evocation of a society obsessed with wealth and status. Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions / £8 for groups of 30+

Off the Page is an event organised by Merseyside Literature Partnership (MLP), a consortium of venues, organisations and university departments offering a wide range of activity in the region. From community projects to readings by writers, poets, workshops and more – the day provides a taste of the richness of literature currently available on Merseyside. Come along, join in and find out more about what’s happening – both on and off the page.

Off the Page is at The Atkinson on Saturday 3 October and starts from 10.30am. Activities in the day are all free, but please book your space as some have limited capacity.

Tickets are available online at or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.

The festival is funded through the kind support of the Arts Council England.

Please be advised that there is booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone & 50p over the counter.




Merseyside Literature Partnership

Off the Page

Saturday 3 October, 10.30am till late

Free activities during the day


Blackeyed Theatre

The Great Gatsby

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 October


Tickets: Tickets £14/£12 concessions/£8 for groups of 30+

*Please be advised that there is booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone & 50p over the counter.


The Atkinson
Lord Street




In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website or call box office on 01704 533333




About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the  Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.


Posted on 28 September 2015 under General news

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