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St Helens Borough Council's Arts In Libraries (Cultural Hubs) Programme: Autumn 2022

Returning from the impact of lockdown, we are excited to reveal our full autumn programme of the award-winning Cultural Hubs. This autumn we are staging a broad programme of work for all the family, including: performances, exhibitions and even a 'live' podcast...


Anthony Mercer & Emma Reynard

A jump of t' pantry door and a bite of t' latch


Eccleston Library

10th September - 31st October

Commissioned by Cultural Hubs, St Helens Borough Council's award-winning Arts in Libraries programme funded by Arts Council England, Emma Reynard (artist) and Anthony Mercer (writer) collaborated on an installation piece taking inspiration from their mum's recollections of growing up in St Helens. These recollections were recorded as part of St Helens Oral History Project (St Helens Archive Service), made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The artwork, contained within an old writing bureau, illustrates anecdotes and stories - such as going to school during the war, the Big Freeze in 1963, and socialising in the 1950s. The installation is small and intimate, containing hand-drawn visuals, printmaking, collage, and assemblage. The bureau also includes immersive elements including sound recordings and even tries to capture smells to evoke memories of places and events.

Explore all of the bureau, if possible, to experience the full work. Try to find the connections made between sound, visual image, text, and smell.

No need to book, just turn up. Check library opening times


Half Moon and Z-arts

Grandad Anansi

Grandad Anansi

Chester Lane Library

Saturday 15th October, 11am & 2pm

Presented in partnership with our friends at Wonder Arts

Join our intrepid characters in this humorous and heartfelt inter-generational adventure, as they step into the unexpected.

With evocative live music, Grandad Anansi is an uplifting tale of love, courage and letting go.

Abi and her Grandad tell each other Anansi folktales. They play games as they work together in the garden among the beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables. As they plant memories, they share secrets and develop a bond that nothing can break. Grandad is as smart and mischievous as the wily Anansi legend. Can he find a way to tell his granddaughter about his plans to return to Jamaica, his beloved homeland?

Age: 4-9.

Written by award-winning children's author Elayne Ogbeta.

Price: £3.10 Single Ticket / £9.25 Family Ticket (Group  of 4). Book online or call into Chester Lane Library to purchase in person.

Grandad Anansi is touring the UK celebrating Black History Month.


Mikron Theatre

Red Sky at Night

Red Sky At Night

St Helens Library

Wednesday 19th October, 7pm

Through the chronicles of history, people have gazed up and marvelled at the mysteries of the weather. Generations have tried to master the elements, and understand the magic of the skies.

Hayley's sunny, beloved dad was the nation's favourite weatherman. He could make a typhoon sound like a tickle. Hayley is now following in his footsteps, to join the ranks of the forecasting fraternity. Or at least, local shoestring teatime telly.

When the pressure drops and dark clouds gather, Hayley is melting faster than a lonely snowflake. She's seen the future's forecast, but will anyone listen?

Bring your anorak and your factor 50. Well, you never know.

British Sign Language interpreted performance.

Price:  £7.10 (General Admission), £6.15 (St Helens Library Card Holder), £4.10 (Concession). Book online or call into St Helens Library to purchase in person.


Rugby League World Cup Cultural Festival

Life with the Lionesses

Life with the Lionesses exhibition

Chester Lane Library

Monday 17th October - Thursday 27th October

Life with the Lionesses' - celebrates 25 Years of Women's International Rugby League and inspiring the next generation

Women in Rugby League aims to raise awareness of the incredible role models who pioneered Women's International Rugby League.

This motivational exhibition showcases the Lionesses and follows their ground-breaking journey on and off the field, bringing their stories and experiences to life from the women themselves.

The 'Life with the Lionesses' exhibition will launch at Chester Lane Library on Monday 17th October from 4pm.

No need to book, just turn up. Check library opening times


Rugby League World Cup Cultural Festival



Chester Lane Library

Thursday 20th October, 6pm

Join the makers of the Forty20Live podcast: Richard Shaw-Wright & Phil Caplan with special rugby league guests for this 'live' podcast...

Over two halves of 40 minutes, Richard, Phil and special guests will discuss all the action from the first week of the men's Rugby League World Cup, and look forward to the kick-off of the women's, wheelchair and physical disability tournaments.

Presented as part of The Rugby League World Cup Cultural Festival: an ambitious, inclusive, multidisciplinary festival bringing together audiences for sport and art around the tournament. The festival will amplify the tournaments strapline "The Power of Together" and celebrate inclusivity and positive social impact.

FREE: book online


Writing on the Wall

Different Voices, Shared Lives: Launch Event

Different Voices, Shared Lives

Liverpool Library

Thursday 27th October

Different Voices, Shared Lives is based on a combination of Writing on the Wall's acclaimed What's Your Story? and Creative Heritage projects. to provide creative ways, platforms and pathways for people from diverse communities across the Liverpool City Region to explore and discover their own histories, express themselves, discuss and tell of their historical and contemporary experiences of living and working in the region.

The project has culminated in the creation and soon to be published anthology of work written by residents from across the 6 Boroughs from Black, Asian and other racial minority communities and is the culmination of an extensive creative writing programme. 

Part of Black History Month 2022.  

There will be a reception followed by performances and readings by some of the featured writers and facilitating artists from the course including: Amina Atiq, Natalie Denny Janaya Picket and Blue Saint.  

This project has been made possible by LCR's 1% for Culture (LCR Cultural Events programme).

FREE: book online


Mark Peachey

Keep Clear

Keep Clear

St Helens Library 

Monday 7th November - Friday 2nd December

Commissioned by Cultural Hubs, St Helens Borough Council's award-winning Arts in Libraries programme funded by Arts Council England - Keep Clear is a photography exhibition recording Mark Peachey's experiences of recovering from Covid-19 and shielding as a clinically extremely vulnerable person (CEV). It also captures the disorienting world he re-entered. As restrictions disappear and his long recovery from Covid continues will the need to Keep Clear become a way of life for people who are CEV?

Presented as part of DaDa Fest International 2022

No need to book, just turn up. Check library opening times




St Helens Library

Saturday 19th November, 2pm

Presented in partnership with our friends at Wonder Arts

THE PALAVER PARTY is a FABULOUS performance party for kids (and their grown-ups too).

We've invited all our most fabulous friends to a party where everyone is free to be whoever they want to be.

Each PALAVER Kids Party will feature a spectacular line-up of performers and artists celebrating self-expression, difference and all the things that make us unique (with a big dose of glitter thrown in for good measure).

Get ready for music, performances, DIY costume-making, party games, sing-a-longs, and of course a rainbow disco for all the family.

PALAVER is supported by Cambridge Junction through their Vision Mixers programme, Marlborough Productions, and Arts Council England.

Presented as part of Homotopia 2022.

Ages 3-8.

Price: £3.10 Single Ticket / £9.25 Family Ticket (Group  of 4). Book your tickets online, or call into St Helens Library to purchase in person.