The final ‘Shelf Lives’ event of 2014 ran at Liverpool’s Central Library on 10th December. In these sessions, three members of staff from LJMU English talk about books from the Library’s holdings that have particularly inspired them. This usually results in an eclectic mix of literary material and discussion topics, and this event was no exception. James Whitehead talked about his fascination with the slippery double narrative of James Hogg’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824). Jo Croft introduced many of the audience to the work of Denton Welch, a novelist, poet and painter, through the posthumously published A Last Sheaf (1951), discussing his life, writing and poetry. Finally, Ross Dawson discussed the complex politics and irascible humour of the first volume of Alexei Sayle’s autobiography Stalin Ate My Homework (2010).
Shelf Lives will continue in the New Year – please keep an eye on both this website and that of the Central Library for details. Everyone is very welcome.