Dickens Returns to Liverpool….

Now that the Penny Readings is over, there’s no need to wait another 12 months to get your next Dickens fix!

Gerald Dickens, great great grandson of Charles Dickens, returns to St George’s Hall (St George’s Place, L1 1JJ) on Monday 20th December at 8pm and Tuesday 21st December at 2pm, where he will be performing A Christmas Carol.

Tickets cost £11-£13 and are available from the Echo Arena website or by calling 0844 8000 400

All proceeds go to Age Concern Wirral Dementia Wing Appeal.

Books of the Year

The Guardian has published a list of Books of the Year, with Seamus Heaney’s collection Human Chain and Edmund de Waal‘s The Hare with Amber Eyes getting a mention on more than one occasion.

Elsewhere, Jeanette Winterson opts for Jo Shapcott‘s collection Of Mutability while  Blake Morrison‘s choice is, amongst others, Howard Jacobson‘s Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question.

You can read the full list here.

The Independent also has an online list (which notes a book I’m right in the middle of: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver), as does The Times.

What’s your Book of the Year? Leave a comment and let me know!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Our staff certainly are a talented bunch!

GIR project worker Caitlin Clough is taking part in a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a small local theatre group this weekend.

The performance takes place at Netherly Community Theatre, Childwall Valley Road, L27 3YA (on the number 79 bus route) this Saturday 27th at 7.30pm, and Sunday 28th at 3.00pm and 7.30pm.

You can buy tickets here, or on the door.

Click here for more information.

Penny Readings Tickets – SOLD OUT

Tickets for the Penny Readings have now sold out!

If you’ve missed out, don’t worry – or, if you’ve been lucky enough to get them and want a sneaky peek of what’s to come – you can get a taste of the Penny Readings at our special event tomorrow night (Tuesday 23rd November). Angela Macmillan will be at Waterstone’s on Bold Street from 7pm reading from A Little, Aloud,  and you can join her for the small price of £2 (redeemable against the purchase of the book on the night).

Tickets available in store. For further details, please call: 0151 708 6861

Penny Readings & Ha’penny Readings – Tickets available now!

Tickets for both the Penny and Ha’penny Readings are available from 9am this morning, and can be collected from either Birkenhead Central Library (Borough Rd, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 2XB) or Waterstone’s on Bold St, Liverpool (L1 4DS).

Tickets for each event are limited to two per person, and cannot be reserved at either location or via TRO.

Good luck everyone, hope to see you at one/both of the events!

Sponsor Our Reader Runners!

After a gruelling 5k around Liverpool’s city centre in September, who would have thought TRO staff would be so eager to get back into their running shoes?

Well, we are – and this time, we’ll all be dressed as Santa! Please sponsor us in the Liverpool 5K Santa Dash, in an attempt to raise money for the Penny Readings. Please follow this link to donate:


The Penny Readings and the Ha’penny Readings – How to get tickets

Tickets for both the Penny Readings and the Ha’penny Readings will be available from 9am Monday 22nd November.

Tickets and can be collected from either Birkenhead Central Library, Wirral (Borough Rd, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 2XB) or Waterstone’s Bold Street (Liverpool, L1 4DS), please pay your penny on the door!

**Due to high demand, tickets will be limited to two per person. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and cannot be reserved at either location, or via TRO**

Wind in the Willows

The Carlton Little Theatre’s next production takes place Saturday 13th-20th November at 7.30 pm, with a matinee on Saturday 13th at 2.30 pm.
Wind in the Willows
By Kenneth Grahame, adapted by Alan Bennett
Carlton Little Theatre
The Little Theatre, Grange Road West, Birkenhead, CH41 4BY
Tickets (£7) are available to book via the box office (0151-647-6593) or Grange West Lighting, 13 Grange Road West, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 4BY. Doors open half an hour before performances.