On the (rather damp) evening of Thursday, 19th May 2016, an extraordinary thing happened. Final year students of LJMU English, having finally finished all of their assessments (and fully cognisant of a variety of critical approaches to the fairy tale form), DID go to the ball – the inaugural English Ball, held at Oh Me Oh My on Water Street in Liverpool.
Single honours student James Heery, together with his trusty band of co-organisers and ticket-sellers, were determined that the end of their time as part of LJMU English would not go unmarked. Graduation tends to be a time for families, and the final year students decided that the end of assessment would be a much better time to celebrate with all their friends from the course. Funded by a combination of ticket sales and a donation from the English department, the event included welcome drinks, dinner, music, and even a chance (between showers) to visit the venue’s roof garden with its incomparable view of the Liver Birds. You can see some of the resultant photo frenzy here – and if you were there and have photos you would like to share, do email A.C.Ferrebe@ljmu.ac.uk – I’ll put together a compilation for our Graduation Party.
So this is to say a HUGE thank you to James, Lauren, and all of those who sold tickets and made the event happen, and to Oh Me Oh My for giving us all an unforgettable night. We’re hoping that this will be the first English Ball of many more to come. And James – that’s a legacy, baby…!