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Alternative poetry night at library for fans of dark humour

Karen McLeod’s darkly funny alter-ego Barbara Brownskirt will bring her ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ show to Rainhill Library on Friday 10 November, 7pm, as part of the nationally-recognised Cultural Hubs, arts-in-libraries programme

A night of poetry with a difference will be held at Rainhill Library this month as part of Homotopia, the international LGBT festival established in Liverpool.

Karen McLeod’s darkly funny alter-ego Barbara Brownskirt will bring her ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ show to the library on Friday 10 November, 7pm, as part of the ninth season of the nationally-recognised Cultural Hubs, arts-in-libraries programme.

Writing and performing (intentionally) appalling poetry, Barbara is highly prolific and hugely unsuccessful. Shrouded in her anorak, knees bulging from her pop socks, Barbara Brownskirt is the self-titled lesbian ‘poet-in-residence’ of the 197 bus stop, Croydon Road, Penge.

Barbara explores themes of failure and aloneness, and identity in disconnected suburban life, while providing a safe space for her audience. Barbara has been described as ‘affecting, sad and touchingly unaware’ to the extent that her poetry becomes genuinely moving.

Tickets cost £6, £5 (St Helens Library Card holders), or £3 for concessions. Book online at www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or call into any St Helens library to purchase tickets.

The event is suitable for ages 16 and above, and lasts approximately one hour.

Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services and Libraries, said: “This show looks brilliant, and, having debuted at Brighton Fringe earlier this year, it demonstrates the high quality acts that we curate from across the country.

“Barbara Brownskirt is sure to be a unique experience and a must-see for fans of character comedians like Victoria Wood and Rik Mayall.”

Cultural Hubs, the award-winning arts-in-libraries programme, is delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service and funded by Arts Council England.

Covering October to December, the ninth season has been curated to offer something for everyone, with a mixture of small theatre productions, music and comedy performances, arts exhibitions, and creative craft events to promote wellbeing – all adapted in imaginative ways for unique library spaces across St Helens.

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