Author: Tor Marie

Grin Theatre to launch new writer showcase, Voices

This Saturday Liverpool community theatre group Grin Theatre will launch Voices, a showcase for up-and-coming writers around Merseyside. Voices 1 will be hosted at 81 Renshaw Street and feature work from six local writers, including University of Liverpool alumnus and former LSMedia Arts editor Ian D. Hall. The monologues performed will be Character A by Sally Fildes-Moss, Locked Room by James Wray, Ghost by Geoff Blundell, Salsa Steps Solo by Brian Wharton, I Clean for England by Alison Down and Americana by Ian D. Hall. Doors open at 7pm with tickets costing £3.50,...

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The editor’s letter

Good evening everyone, and welcome to the editor’s letter! Freshers’ week has now been and gone and I’m betting most of us have the hangovers to prove it – I know I do. It was great to see so many new faces (and hopefully new writers!) at the Welcome Fairs this Thursday and Friday – if you missed us, you’re still more than welcome to join us! Read this page to learn more or just pop along to our first meeting – it’s this Friday at 5pm in the old Guild building. If you’re not quite ready to write yet, why not have a read around? This week we’ve been to the Unity theatre’s Hovering on the Edge and the Guild’s new weekly Comedy Club, while I love this piece by Alice on how the University of Liverpool’s been in your life already. Joanna has news of cancer research funding at the University, while our former Arts editor Ian is part of a new writing showcase, Voices this Saturday. If you fancy trying your luck, we also have a giveaway on for a freshers’ survival kit from Macmillan. Have a great week – and here’s to a big...

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LGoS Comedy Club (Jollyboat, Harriet Dyer and Daliso Chaponda) – review

[4_stars] Hosted by local compère Pete McCole, whose frank humour and crowd antics got everyone warmed up for the show, LGoS’s new weekly Comedy Club got off to a roaring start this Thursday. Part of the Welcome Week festivities, the début show drew in a big crowd, freshers and refreshers alike. Despite being in a marquee under less-than-optimal weather conditions, the comedians – McCole, Jollyboat, Harriet Dyer and Daliso Chaponda – kept the audience on board until the end. First on, Liverpool’s own comedy rockers Jollyboat stole the show and kept the crowd in hysterics – highlights included a pirate pop medley and a love song coupled with keyboard shortcut puns. The brothers, Ed and Tommy Croft,  have earned themselves a cult following here and it’s easy to see why. Harriet Dyer kept the audience on their toes with her boundless energy and edgy humour, no holds barred. While it wasn’t always to everyone’s taste  she had a real voice, personality in spades, and it was great to see a female comedian taking the floor. Headliner Daliso Chaponda rounded off the night with a smooth set that talked politics, race and romance with equal ease. The Malawian comedian really connected with the crowd and his amiable style ended the launch on a high note. If the first show is any indication Comedy Club should be a real success over the next...

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Give me five: the best places you aren’t eating (yet)

Liverpool has one of the best food scenes going – it’s a crime that most students don’t stray further than Subway! Here’s a handful of our favourite spots in the city centre. A&J’s, South Hunter Street This gaming oasis is on JMU campus, but we’re not letting them keep it to themselves. Best with company: order something from the themed menu (Peach’s Pancakes? Legend of Feta: Hummus of Time?!), get comfy, then get stuck into a Pokémon battle. You aren’t true friends until you’ve had a sulk over who really lost… Almost Famous, Parr Street Their recent jaw-lockin’ PR stunt was beyond tacky, but Almost Famous remains the best trash food place in town – think vodka apple pie shakes, bacon fries and burgers spilling out of their buns. Order a stack of fried food, snog a stranger in the photo booth, feel filthy for the next week and then do it all again. Paolo & Donato’s, Williamson Square Two words: Nutella gelato. Possibly more importantly, these guys know how to make coffee – good, strong stuff with a proper crema, not the dishwater in Costa. Their menu also boasts a range of pastries, sandwiches and pizza around the £3 mark. Teagather Café, Myrtle Street Forget Wok & Go – Teagather serve up real Chinese food quickly and in gigantic proportions, and if you don’t finish your meal (you probably won’t)...

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Win a freshers’ survival kit with Palgrave Macmillan!

Palgrave Macmillan is giving away a Freshers’ survival bundle for five lucky LSMedia readers. Included is the international bestseller The Study Skills Handbook and The Palgrave Student Planner 2013-14, both by Stella Cottrell, and Student Brain Food: Eat Well, Study Better by Lauren Lucien. The Study Skills Handbook will take you through revision, coursework, group work and (whisper it) exam season with ease, while the Student Planner will keep you on track between lectures with a week-per-view diary and helpful guides and worksheets for uni jargon, managing your time and keeping tabs on your money. Student Brain Food, written by recent Kingston grad Lauren Lucien, is packed with simple, healthy, affordable recipes to take you from breakfast to predrinks – dishes range from spag bol and scrambled eggs to vodka salmon pasta and ratatouille. To enter, email your name and what subject you’re studying by midnight, Monday 30th September. The winners will be picked by random number generator and contacted by email on the 1st October. Good...

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