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Weekend Larks (October 14-16)

Are you a grand slam poet? Audience with Rafa; graveyards and life drawing

Written by . Published on October 13th 2011.

Weekend Larks (October 14-16)

Graveyard shift
JAMES Dunwoody Bulloch was the Confederate States of America's chief foreign agent in Great Britain during the American Civil War.

He was also the brother of Irvine Bulloch and uncle of future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

Has been called the American's first ever secret service agent.  In 1861, he offered to assist the Confederate States of America by travelling to Liverpool, to arrange the Confederacy's foreign affairs in England. 

Like many since, he ended up in Liverpool, permanently, and is buried in Toxteth Cemetery.

250Px-Bulloch_Brothers_James_%26#38%3B_IrvineJames and Irvine BullochIt doesn't tell you that in the press release here about a guided walk taking place in the Smithdown Road graveyard this weekend, but it's true.  See if you can find his resting place and that of John Hulley, the man who inspired the Olympic movement in this country, and John Jackson, a noted Victorian cricketer.

Toxteth Park Cemetery, Grade II listed, was the first municipal cemetery in Liverpool, having opened in 1856. The walk has been organised by the newly-formed Friends of Toxteth cemetery. 

Local councillor Tim Beaumont, a member of the Friends group, said: “The cemetery is part of our heritage.

“Some people may regard it as macabre to have a walkabout there but as the oldest municipal cemetery in the city it provides a fascinating insight into out history."

It's not macabre, but its website certainly spooked us.

*Toxteth Park Cemetery walk,  Lodge gates, Smithdown Road, L15, Sat Oct 15, 10.30am.

Superheroes of Poetry
Dike Omeje was one of the leading lights of the slam poetry scene. Nobody could get a word in edgeways when he was around, he was the unassailable champion of the  format.  The Mancunian died at just 35, in 2007.

Now the Quest is to find the UK’s Ultimate Slam Poet in Superheroes of Slam. It’s the Liverpool heat this Friday,  open to all comers and styles of poetry and spoken word. Organisers promise it will be a slam like no other; “full of glitz, glamour and comicbook kitsch.”

Dike OmejeDike OmejeContestants have three minutes to rock or shock the mic, and they will be judged by audience response. But as we all know from X factor, the general public doesn’t always know best.

The championship comprises of six heats held across the North from September to October 2011 with the top poet from each heat competing at a Grand Final on Thursday 20 October 2011 at Yard Theatre, Manchester. The Superhero of Slam winner will receive a £250 cash prize and the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Cup.

TheDikeOmeje Slam Poetry Award 2011 Liverpool heat, Bluecoat, Fri Oct 15, 7.30 PM. Tickets: £5 / £3

Life Size Drawing at Leaf
We all know Leaf on Bold Street is the 21st century tearoom. And it doesn't half pile those events.

It's artIt's artThe latest is a nightly life drawing class beginning this Sunday. The organisers are looking for artists as well as models for these sessions. All sizes, shapes and types are welcome, as they, in their own words, crave for diversity. In fact, they say, all kinds of mediums are welcome - except the psychic sort perhaps. No doubt they are downstairs at another event, reading the tea leaves.

So if you have a bubbling artist in you, or if you fancy sitting naked in front of a bunch of strangers, whether they like it or not, get into gear at Leaf this weekend.

*Life drawing session, Leaf on Bold Street,  October 16, from 7pm, tickets £9

An Audience With Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez, former LFC manager, is currently unemployed, but what's the right job. He has a reputation in as a hard man to please, with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admitting he longed for a "well done" from Benítez after good performances.

But now, you can be a part of an “intimate audience” in the Empire Theatre and gain insight in to one of football's greatest managers.

If he's good, will you tell him? Eh?

Learn about his early career at Real Madrid, his winning times at Valencia and the fateful coming to Liverpool Football Club. Discover what really happened at half time in Istanbul in 2005 and his subsequent years at LFC. He will also be talking about his tenure at Inter Milan and what the future may hold.

An Audience With Rafa Benitez, Empire Theatre, Sunday October 16, from 7.30pm, tickets from £34

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Sefton ParkerOctober 14th 2011.

Ahem, it's 'Toxteth Park Cemetery' NOT "Toxteth Cemetery".

It is named after the Toxteth Park deer park (where the rich once hunted) not Toxteth which is nearly two miles away.

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