Gravity Festival at Mansion House Liverpool

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Writer Kit de Waal. Photo by Sarah M Lee
Writer Kit de Waal. Photo by Sarah M Lee

Gravity Festival at The Mansion House Calderstones Park, Liverpool 29 September — 2 October 2022 Tickets from £0.00 — Book now

Gravity is an exciting festival hosted from Liverpool’s Calderstones Park over the weekend of 29 September to 2 October, described as “a festival for our times that fuses great writing with intimate conversations about life’s ups and downs”.

Take tea with Kit de Waal, whose debut novel My Name Is Leon became an international bestseller, winner of the Irish Novel prize and was recently adapted for the BBC.

This year’s programme takes place both online and in person, and includes talks from guest speakers along with wellbeing activities such as poetry walks and Shared Reading. Headline speakers include writer of BBC1’s The Responder Tony Schumacher, Bootle-born writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Lissa Evans (Wed Wabbit), Katherine May (Wintering) and Roosevelt Montas (Rescuing Socrates).

Take tea with Kit de Waal, whose debut novel My Name Is Leon became an international bestseller, winner of the Irish Novel prize and was recently adapted for the BBC starring Sir Lenny Henry, Malachi Kirby, Monica Dolan, Olivia Williams and Christopher Eccleston.  Or join in the Grand Finale Poetry Party, which is being live streamed, so even if you can’t make it in person you can still take part by watching online or sending a video of yourself reading your chosen poem. 

You’re also invited to explore black writing in Britain, with a series of events curated by Hannah Chukwu, series editor of Penguin’s Black Britain: Writing Back. Marking the start of Black History Month this October, this is a celebration of Britain’s most exciting black writers, including Ashleigh Nugent, Hannah Azieb Pool, Jacqueline Roy, Judith Bryan, Kadija Sesay and Tomiwa Owolade.

Gravity Festival at The Mansion House Calderstones Park, Liverpool 29 September — 2 October 2022 Tickets from £0.00 Book now

Where to go near Gravity Festival at Mansion House Liverpool

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Sudley House Art Gallery

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Dead Ink Books

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Sefton Park
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Park
Sefton Park

Sefton Park is a great place for walks in Liverpool, with expansive green spaces and cafes a stones throw from the city centre.

Otterspool Promenade
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Otterspool Promenade

Otterspool Promenade is a riverside walk and accompanying area of parkland in the Aigburth and Grassendale districts of Liverpool, England.

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Hafla Hafla

Locally-loved Middle Eastern restaurant on Liverpool’s vibrant Lark Lane.

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Freida Mo’s

Charming café on Liverpool’s wonderful Lark Lane, serving up a wide range of drinks and food, with plenty of vegan options.

The Lodge
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The Lodge

The Lodge is a favourite fixture on Liverpool’s Lark Lane, serving up great drinks and excellent pub grub.

Metal Liverpool at Edge Hill Station
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Metal Liverpool

Metal produces an immensely varied programme of international and UK artists in residence, artist development labs, social events, education programmes and creative projects, all designed to encourage the participation of local people and communities.

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