5-7/11 – Calderstones Mansion House
Calderstones based charity The Reader are hosting a brand new literature festival with the inaugural event taking place in November with guests including Maxine Peake and Jimmy McGovern. Gravity Festival takes its name from the Jeanette Winterson quote: “Inside books there is perfect space and it is that space which allows the reader to deal with the normal problems of gravity” and will feature events around literature and wellbeing to an in-person as well as online audience.
More than a dozen events will take place over three days at Calderstones Mansion House in South Liverpool with Peake and McGovern joined by author Erwin James who forms a panel along with The Reader’s Kate Bramhall who leads the charity’s prison project. The conversation will cover Liverpool playwright McGovern’s recent television drama, Time and Erwin’s memoir, Redeemable, both of which take on the prison system.
Actor, writer and activist Maxine Peake will read from two of her biggest theatre successes Hamlet and Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days as well as the fantastic film Funny Cow to promote The Reader’s central mission of promoting wellbeing from reading out loud.
There will also be a yoga for mindfulness session, conversations around grieving, ways to be alone and poetry readings in the Calderstones Park grounds. The festival finishes with Lockdown Days, filmmaker and The Farm Bassist Carl Hunter and poet Jacqueline Saphra sharing their photography and prose to reflect on the challenging times of the previous two years.