Tonight at Noon - Paul Farley and Paul Muldoon on the Mersey poets
It's fifty years since The Mersey Sound was first published. One of the best-selling poetry anthologies of all time, it featured poems by Liverpool poets, Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri.
It revolutionised the traditional boundaries of the genre, bringing poetry down from the dusty shelf and onto the street.
Two acclaimed Lancaster University poets - Professor Paul Farley and Professor Paul Muldoon - revisit the book, and the work of the 'Liverpool Poets' to read some of the poems, compare sleeve notes and wonder at what happened when poetry went Pop.
About Professors Paul Farley and Paul Muldoon
Professor Paul Farley has published four collections of poetry with Picador: The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You (which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Award and a Forward Prize in 1998); The Ice Age (winner of the 2002 Whitbread Poetry Prize); Tramp in Flames (shortlisted for two prizes in 2007) and The Dark Film. In 2009, he received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Travelling Scholarship from the Society of Authors.
Paul has also authored non-fiction books on England’s forgotten wildernesses (Edgelands, 2011, with Michael Symmons Roberts) and on the Terence Davies film, ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives (2006); edited a collection on John Clare and produced poetry for radio. His work as a broadcaster includes many radio dramas, documentaries, literary adaptations and features, both as a writer and presenter. He is also a frequent guest on magazine programmes for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
Professor Paul Muldoon is a former Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (1999-2004), currently Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University and, according to the New Criterion, ‘the most influential poet after Seamus Heaney.’
He is also the Poetry Editor of The New Yorker, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Letters. He has published over thirty collections of poetry and has won both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize.
About the event
Doors will open at 6pm when free tea and coffee will be served. Complimentary refreshments will be served afterwards