One of the events going on at the Merseyside Maritime Museum over the Moby-Dick weekend on May 4th was a production of The Chester Noah (with a modern twist), performed by The Liverpool University Players. Directed by Dr Sarah Peverley, with assistance from Andrea Young. Here is a video of the production:
Besides the marathon reading last weekend there were all kinds of other Moby-Dick related events and activities going on at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and at the Museum of Liverpool. One of these was a poetry workshop run by Nathan Jones, where children and their parents took pages from the novel and created poems from them. Nathan has a write-up on his blog, Syntax Factories.
This Wednesday, May 1st 2013, sees the third of the Moby-Dick lectures at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. This free public lecture is given by Emeritus Professor David Murray from Nottingham University, and is about Herman Melville and Moby-Dick. The lecture starts at 1pm in the 4th floor lecture theatre at the museum.
I’m pleased to announce that Oxford World’s Classics have agreed to help out with the Moby-Dick marathon by providing copies of the novel we can use over the weekend. These will be available for readers and audience members so they can follow along with the reading over the weekend. They will also be very helpful for the timekeepers and other volunteers. The OWC edition includes a helpful introduction by Tony Tanner and extracts from Melville’s correspondence with his literary mentor, Nathaniel Hawthorne, in which they discuss many of the ideas Melville explores in his novel.
These books will be a great help to us over the weekend so the support of OWC is much appreciated.
Caroline Hack, who will be reading in the marathon weekend (4-6 May 2013), is a long-time Moby-Dick fan, and has used the novel in many of her artworks over the years. She has kindly offered to let us use some bunting she made from her custom Moby-Dick themed fabric. It will be used to decorate the table of the Kathleen & May, the schooner on which some of the reading will take place.
There is still time to sign up to read in the Moby-Dick marathon, but places are limited, so go here and sign up for a 10-15 minute slot as soon as possible.
The second in our series of free public lectures, by Gavin Hunter, takes place on Wednesday April 24th entitled From Whaling to MacFisheries: Leverhulme, Soap & the Outer Hebrides. This lecture will explore the involvement of the Lever Brothers soap manufacturing empire in whaling and fishing on the islands of Lewis and Harris.
Picture of the whaling station on Harris is from Virtual Hebrides.
New York University Associate Professor Cyrus Patell spent most of last autumn summarising each chapter of Moby-Dick as it came up in the Moby-Dick Big Read. His chapter summaries are online at his blog and are well worth reading if you are participating in the live marathon read in Liverpool this May. What’s that, you haven’t volunteered yet? Well what are you waiting for?