Remembrance of Diana,
Princess of Wales and All Road Crash Victims
ROAD crash victims are to be remembered
in a special ceremony. RoadPeace NW are inviting those who have been
bereaved or injured through road crashes, together with those who support them,
to the remembrance event in the Lady Chapel of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St
James' Mount, L1 7AZ, on Wednesday, 31 August 2016, starting at 2pm. If they wish,
they can bring a photo of the person they are remembering so it can be placed in
the chapel during the event.
The day marks the 19th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in
a road crash. It also marks the anniversary of the world's 1st motor vehicle
death, that of Mary Ward in Ireland in 1869. Britain's 1st road death also
occurred in August, when Bridget Driscoll was killed at Crystal Palace on 17 August 1896, with the Coroner pronouncing:-
"This must never happen again."
Since then, over half a million people have been killed in crashes in Britain
and the current annual global death toll is estimated at over 1.3 million
deaths. Such scale of loss has been described by Professor Danny Dorling, a
patron of RoadPeace, as this century's biggest public health crisis with our
roads the "open sewers of the 21st Century."
There will be a minute's silence during the ceremony. After the service people
will go outside and five doves will be released in memory of loved ones, as each
day, on average, 5 people are killed on Britain's roads.
Pauline Fielding, a trustee of of RoadPeace, said:- "We encourage anyone
who has been bereaved or injured through a road crash to join us for this
remembrance and the chance to support and talk to each other after the ceremony.
We are thankful to those who support us and to those who are working hard to
reduce the number of people killed on the roads of Merseyside."
The event will be attended by the High Sheriff, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and
other dignitaries, as well as representatives of the emergency services and
organisations which deal with and support road crash victims.
The RoadPeace helpline number is:- 0845 450 0355 and further information is
National Citizen Service
NCS change is a group of 15 teenagers from Sefton, who are
wanting to make a change in the world by helping others. They will be hosting a Coffee Morning at Lucy's
Coffee Shop, on Monday, 22
August 2016, from 9am to 12 noon. Please help support their cause in
raising awareness and funds for the Whitechapel
Coffee Shop, Anchor Street, Southport,
Merseyside, PR9 0UT)
An exciting new production "Stand by me!"
STAND by Me is
the phenomenal musical revue of a group that helped to define Atlantic Records,
inspired early rock and roll and were forerunners to both the black music
movement in 1950's America and early Motown.
The show explores through the music the challenges, controversy and conflicts
via the course of a vast succession of over 50 hits over the last 6 decades.
Well loved songs will transport you straight to Broadway, talk of growing up in
1950's Harlem and those heady days of Disco and the Northern Soul scene.
This fast moving show features some of Ben E King and The Drifters most well
known hits including:- 'Under The Boardwalk', 'Save The Last
Dance For Me', 'Saturday Night At The Movies', 'Up
On The Roof', 'Can I Take You Home Little Girl',
'Love Games', 'There Goes My Baby', 'Dance With Me',
'Sweets For My Sweet', 'There Goes My First Love',
'When My Little Girl Is Smiling', 'On Broadway',
'Money Honey', 'Every night's A Saturday Night With You',
'Kissin In The Back Row', 'Come On Over To My Place',
'Down On The Beach', 'More Than A Number In My Little Red Book',
'Hello Happiness', 'Like Sister and Brother' and of course
'Stand By Me' among others.
The Drifters, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, are one
of the biggest selling, longest serving bands of all time having sold an
incredible 214 million singles and over 114 million albums worldwide; this is
their musical history told through the music alongside anecdotes of the former
members on screen.
The show features some of the original
recording artists from the successful:- 'Stand by Me' album in 2015
now known as Othello. This will be stopping in Southport, on Saturday, 12
November 2016 at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.
Edge Hill Press to launch
first book at Edinburgh International Book Festival
THE Edge Hill University Press is proud
to announce it will launch its first publication Head Land at the upcoming
Edinburgh International Book Festival, on Saturday, 27 August 2016.
A joint enterprise with Glasgow-based independent publisher Freight Books, Head
Land is an anthology of previously shortlisted authors that have featured
throughout the past 10 years of the University's Short Story Prize.
Including works by China Miéville, Neil Gaiman, Ali Smith and many more, the
anthology will be launched at the Festival's Spiegel Tent with a panel
discussion featuring contributors Kevin Barry (Dark Lies the Island), Kirsty
Gunn (Infidelities) and winner of the 2016 Short Story Prize, Jessie Greengrass.
Rodge Glass, Co-Director of the Edge Hill University Press said that it is an
honour to launch a book that showcases outstanding UK and Irish literary talent
at one of the biggest book festivals in the world.
Rodge said:- "This time last year the Edge Hill University Press was just
an idea. Twelve months later, we have our 1st publication, one that we're
incredibly proud of. A glance down the list of contributors to this book
highlights the sheer talent of writers across the UK and Ireland, and Head Land
is all about spreading the word about this strong, growing tradition. During the
process of developing the book we have also been able to ensure Edge Hill
students get meaningful experience in the publishing industry in all fields from
event management to author liaison and copy editing to press. There's no better
platform than the Edinburgh International Book Festival to celebrate both the
new Edge Hill University Press and Head Land itself. The Festival is one of the
very finest of its kind in the world. It's where writers and readers come to
explore the best in contemporary literature, and to find new literature to love.
When we started this project, Edinburgh was where we wanted to be on publication
day, and on Saturday, 27 August 2016, we'll be there to raise a glass and
introduce Head Land to the literary world."
The Edge Hill University Press will publish another three books throughout the
next three years. The initiative builds on the University's already established
literary profile which includes the nationally recognised Edge Hill Prize for
the Short Story. Recently celebrating its tenth year, the Edge Hill Prize is the
only UK award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short
The Edge Hill University Press also offers internships to
6 Edge Hill students
per year which see the students assigned a variety of roles working alongside
the Freight Books team, giving them real publishing industry experience.
Adrian Searle, Publisher at Freight Books said:- "Freight Books has been
delighted to partner with Edge Hill, and this prestigious anthology contains
some of the most exciting and dynamic authors writing in the UK today. Edinburgh
International Book Festival is the perfect place to launch the book and Edge
Hill University Press into the world with a bang."
The Press has plans to hold similar Head Land in conversation evenings in
Manchester, on Wednesday, 28 September 2016, and at Edge Hill University, on Tuesday, 22
November 2016, for members of the public and media.
EHU Press is led by Edge Hill academics Dr Rodge Glass and James Byrne. Rodge is
Senior Lecturer and Creative Writing Programme Leader as well as a novelist, short
story writer, biographer and editor. Poet, editor and translator James Byrne
lectures in Creative Writing.