Yesterday, following our Reading for Wellbeing Conference, TRO’s Director, Jane Davis, took Marilynne Robinson and Maryanne Wolf on a tour of Liverpool. While Marilynne and Maryanne were moved by the tour, Jane was staggered to realise how much she didn’t know about her home city.
Jane who has lived in Liverpool for 45 years had hardly any knowledge of the city’s deep relation to slavery until she booked Marilynne and Maryanne on Eric Lynch’s wonderful walking tour of the city. “If you have read Gilead you will know what I mean when I say it reminded me of the burned out Negro church”, said Jane, “I think every Scouser should take Mr Lynch’s tour.”
Both Marilynne and Maryanne were as moved as Jane was by the experience. “And of course it is Liverpool so we had a good laugh too” said Jane, “especially watching Mr Lynch trying to keep the irrepressible Maryanne in order!”
The photos and captions below should give you a little taste of it all (and thanks Dave for organising it):