George Garrett: a Liverpool writer remembered

Tony Wailey, Madeline Hanaghan, Bethany Garrett

On Saturday 7th September we hosted an event for members of the Garrett family and other visitors interested in George Garrett’s life and work. Madeline Henaghan, Tony Wailey and Bethany Garrett provided updates on their recent research and future plans for events during the 2014 Writing on the Wall Festival.

George Garrett was a merchant seaman and writer, who produced a number of short stories and plays in the 1920s and 30s and was a founder member of the Unity Theatre. Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund is being used to bring together archival documentation and oral histories from family members to help raise awareness of Garrett’s work.

We have enjoyed working with the project team, who originally came in to consult materials in the Unity Theatre Archive we hold at LJMU, and have been fascinated to learn more as the project has developed. George Garrett travelled to America and wrote some of his plays there – the original playscripts are currently here on loan from Nottingham Trent University so that they can be worked on alongside the other archive materials.

Local writers Carl Cockroft and Mike Morris are interested in staging a rehearsed reading of Garrett’s 1922 play Two Tides at the Unity Theatre in 2014, LJMU students from the Art School will construct a travelling exhibit using the archive materials to take to different venues in the city during the WoW Festival and there are plans to republish Garrett’s short stories to make them more accessible. GG4

A series of evening workshops will be held in the Aldham Robarts Library from 23rd September, open to anyone interested in finding out more about the fascinating life and work of George Garrett. Further details are available at:

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