The 2015 print edition of The Merseysider magazine (Issue 6) costs just £2.50 and UK purchasers can buy it directly from us post free by clicking HERE. Alternatively, the magazine is available from local retailers, including: Waterstones (Liverpool One and Birkenhead); the Liverpool Tate; News From Nowhere bookshop and Rennies art shop (both Bold St, Liverpool); Pritchards bookshop, Crosby; Literally bookshop, New Brighton; Linghams bookshop, Heswall. You can also now buy a complete set of back issues of The Merseysider – that’s 5 magazines and a heck of a lot of good reading – for just £7.50 including postage! We can post the magazines to any UK address for this specially discounted price. Click HERE to take advantage of this great offer.


Let’s hope the new law requiring stores to charge customers for bags means sights such as that above become less common. A few years ago PVC, whose poems have occasionally appeared in The Merseysider, wrote The Plastic Tree In Prenton – a poem that now seems very timely. You can read it by clicking HERE.


Simon Armitage’s entertaining and thought-provoking modern take on Homer’s The Odyssey stars Colin Tierney (above) as a politician who finds himself in a spot of bother (to put it mildly) following a diplomatic incident in Turkey. The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead is at the Everyman, Liverpool until 17 October. Click HERE to read our review.


GIs in Europe

GIs in Europe

As Britain’s most important transatlantic port, Liverpool has had a unique, longstanding relationship with the United States. The link was especially strong during the Second World War, when Liverpool’s crucial role in the war effort was reflected in the many Americans (politicians, GIs, military top brass) who came to the city. Lee Ruddin has now chronicled this period in his study Americans In Liverpool During The Second World War, which we’ll be publishing on The Merseysider website. Relationships between GIs and the local community, visits by American VIPs (including Eleanor Roosevelt), how friendships made during the war continued long after it was over – all this and more is covered in Lee’s fascinating account. He explains that the so-called ‘friendly invasion’ was not all sweetness and light, offering a refreshingly balanced, objective view of an important aspect of Liverpool’s history. You can read ‘The Good’, Part 1 of Americans In Liverpool During The Second World War, by clicking HERE. Parts 2 and 3 will follow soon.


The autumn season at Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse theatres gets underway with two eye-catching productions. Celebrated actress Greta Scacchi stars in a new production of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie (on at the Playhouse from 7 to 31 October). Over at the Everyman (from 25 September to 17 October) there’s the world premiere of The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead (above), a modern take on Homer’s epic poem by one of Britain’s leading poets, Simon Armitage. We’ll be reviewing both productions soon. For more information, visit the Everyman and Playhouse website by clicking HERE.


Sister ActSister Act, a musical comedy based on the successful Whoopi Goldberg film, will be at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion from Thursday 17 September to Saturday 19 September (performances are at 7.30pm, with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm). The entertaining plot concerns a witness to a murder who for her own protection disguises herself as a nun and moves into a convent, where she soon starts to breathe new life into the community she’s just joined. The production is staged by the Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company, one of the region’s leading theatre groups with a history going back to1930. For information on tickets etc. click HERE.


There’s a big fundraising concert at the Echo Arena on Saturday 19 September, in aid of the refugee crisis. Hosted by John Bishop and Janice Long, With Love from Liverpool features many local music acts, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. For more details, click HERE.