Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 11.24.18Shelf Lives, LJMU English’s series of talks run in collaboration with Liverpool’s Central Library since it reopened in 2014, is back! Originally conceived as a way of drawing public attention to the amazing resources the Library has to offer, the sessions typically feature contributions by a number of LJMU English staff, with plenty of time for discussion afterwards. Topics are as wide-ranging as our own research interests, but, as organiser Gerry Smyth put it, ‘I guess if there is a theme animating the series it’s a love of books, of reading, and a celebration of libraries’.

All the talks take place at Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW. Our next sessions are focussed upon particular cultural events in the city and beyond:
5599817._UY400_SS400_16 March 2016 3-4.30pm, Celebrating the Centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916:

The Insurrection in Dublin (1916) by James Stephens (Dr Gerry Smyth)

Forgotten Soldiers: The Irishmen Shot at Dawn (2007) by Stephen Walker (Michael Robinson)

The Poems of Joseph Mary Plunkett (1916) (Dr Deaglán Ó Donghaile)


William_shakespeare_dm20 April 2016 3-4.30pm, Celebrating the Quartercentenary of the Death of William Shakespeare

Essays and Lectures on Shakespeare (1907) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Dr Brian Gibbons)

Shakespeare in Prescot (Professor Elspeth Graham)

Religious and Moral Sentences Culled from the Works of Shakespeare (1847) by Frederick Beilby Watson (Dr Rebecca Bailey)

If you’d like to find out more about Shelf Lives, contact Gerry Smyth on

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