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George Garrett Archive Project

The George Garrett Archive project was created by Writing on the Wall to celebrate and preserve the legacy of the Liverpool born writer, George Garrett (1896-1966).

Garrett was a Merchant Seaman, writer, playwright and founder member of Liverpool’s Unity Theatre. He was a radical social activist who travelled the world, living in America for a total of four years, and wrote a series of plays and short stories that led George Orwell, who he met in Liverpool while Orwell was researching ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’, to say, 'I was very greatly impressed by Garrett. Had I known before that it is he who writes under the pseudonym of Matt Low in the Adelphi (a magazine published in the 1920's and 30's) and one or two other places, I would have taken steps to meet him earlier.'

Garrett’s significant body of material relating to Liverpool's literary, cultural, social and labour history, also carries important social and historical material about Liverpool's ocean-going, and radical political and syndicalist links to America and Latin America. Garrett’s work whose occupies a unique and significant position as the central point of a compass that links Liverpool's literary, cultural, social, political, theatrical and sea-going history.

Since 2013 a team of volunteers – The Garretteers – have been collecting, collating Garrett’s archive, which is now available for viewing and research In Liverpool’s record Office, based on the 3rd floor of Liverpool’s central Library. In 2017 Liverpool University Press published Ten Years On The Parish, The Autobiography and Letters of George Garrett. The project has published An Introduction to George Garrett, produced two rehearsed readings of his plays Two Tides and Flowers and Candles, held numerous exhibitions and talks, created an installation in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University’s John Lennon Art and Design Academy, and delivered school-based educational and literacy projects – George Garrett, The Travelling Man.

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