30 October 2016: Mermaid and Pirate Tales, at the Liverpool Literary Festival, Discover Area, Central Library, 10.00 am. Join The Liverpool Players in their magical story corner for enchanting tales of beautiful mermaids and scurvy pirates. Featuring charming and funny children’s stories by authors such as Julia Donaldson and Fred Blunt, there will be singing sea-maids, stolen treasure, swashbuckling sea dogs, and parrot poo galore!
19 November 2016: Mermaids on the Mersey at the Being Human Festival. Mysterious, alluring, and often deadly, mermaids have captured the imagination of writers and artists since the dawn of civilisation. Join Professor Sarah Peverley, The Liverpool Players, and children’s author and illustrator Fred Blunt, at The Walker Gallery for a series of nautically-inspired events centred on the sea and its beguiling maidens. Families can hear tales of scurvy pirates and beautiful mermaids in a magical story corner, learn to draw pirates with Fred, take a story-dice challenge, and watch storyteller Madelaine Smart perform a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, with music by Alex Cottrell. Older children and adults are invited to succumb to the lure of the siren with a series of literary readings and art slides illustrating how mermaids have been portrayed in literature and art across time.
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