54 St James Street have welcomed into their home the memorable construction of George Garrett to celebrate and preserve his legacy. George lived in various places throughout his life, including St James Street! This piece has been re-homed to the Baltic Triangle on behalf of Writing on the Wall and Heritage Lottery Fund. The George Garrett Archive Project was launched with the support of both organisations. Writing on the Wall project feel passionately about George and his fascinating work.
George Garrett, Merchant Seaman, writer, playwright and founder member of Liverpool’s Unity Theatre, was a radical activist who travelled the world and wrote a series of short stories, stage plays and documentary reports about poverty and struggle in the 1920’s and 30’s. He occupies a unique and significant position as the crucial point of a compass that links Liverpool's literary, cultural, and maritime history. He has been described a ‘one of the most significant working-class writers of his generation’. George himself, in fact, lived on St James Street so what better place to have this installation!
The unique installation ‘Shore leave – Garrett in the City’, designed by Liverpool John Moores University Art and Design students, was commissioned by the project to provide a structure to display the news of his life and work. This piece had previously featured at Albert Docks to attract both tourists and locals and is now at 54 St James Street. We are happy to have homed this installation that is dedicated to such an inspiring man!
For more information about George Garrett and the archive project, visit www.georgegarrettarchive.co.uk