Adrian Henri (1932 – 2000) was a popular and influential Merseyside poet and painter. He was born in Birkenhead and lived for most of his life in Liverpool (his grandfather was a seaman from Mauritius). Together with Roger McGough and Brian Patten, he was one of the three poets in the classic (and hugely successful) Sixties Penguin poetry anthology The Mersey Sound (pictured). He also founded the poetry-rock band the Liverpool Scene, whose first LP was produced by John Peel. In April (6th – 28th) Aigburth’s Corke Art Gallery has an exhibition (Adrian Henri: Poetry and Painting 1960 – 2000), which brings together poems and paintings by Henri which share common themes. Should be well worth a visit: the gallery’s website (www.corkeartgallery.com) has more details.