An Introduction to George Garrett

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. 
This introduction to his work has been published to celebrate the launch of the George Garrett Archive, a Heritage Lottery funded project by Writing on the Wall, designed to preserve, protect and celebrate his legacy, and bring his work to a new generation of readers. Watch our short film, created by Hatch TV

We held a series of events in May during Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall festival to celebrate the launch of the George Garrett Archive exhibition at Liverpool’s Central Library: A launch at Central Library attended by over 100 people; published an Introduction to George Garrett; held a discussion on Garrett at War and peace by Tony Wailey; presented three public talks led by our volunteers ‘The Garretteers’; created a beautiful installation designed by art and design students from Liverpool John Moores University, which has appeared in venues across the city and will be situated at Anchor Courtyard at The Albert Dock throughout the summer; produced and staged a superb performance of George’s first play, Two Tides, at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre, which George helped to found in 1936-37, and most recently a rehearsed reading within the Liverpool Irish Festival of Garrett's second play, Flowers and Candles. It’s fair to say that George’s name, and knowledge of his life and work, is some way better known than ever before.

'My favourite things about working on the George Garrett Archive Project was feeling so involved, being hands on, workin with such a dedicated and committed team, having so many new opportunities within this field, presenting and most importantly - all the I have learnt about George Garrett and the social, political and literary history surrounding him.' 
Rochelle Ellis

If you are interested in finding out more about George Garrett please go to and follow the George Garrett twitter page: @garrettarchive 

An Introduction to George Garrett is available on Amazon Kindle, and your hard is available in Waterstones Liverpool One and News From Nowhere on Bold Street. Or you can get your copy directly from Writing on the Wall. Just call 0151 703 0020 or email and order yours.