Kiva and International Women’s Day

When I was a student in Russia many years ago, International Women’s Day was definitely a thing. At the time it meant that women were given the day off from household chores and men bought them flowers. Internationally though, it still wasn’t really a thing. Fortunately, that has changed and now 8th March is celebrated worldwide for what it truly stands for – a day to acknowledge the vital contribution that women make to the world continuing to turn on its axis. Of course, it’s also the day that the comedian and broadcaster Richard Herring spends on Twitter responding … Read on

Nine influential women

It’s 100 years to the month that women in the UK were given the right to vote. February 1918 saw women over the age of 30, who owned a property – or were married to a man who did – granted suffrage. We take a look at nine of the world’s most influential women, from programmers to pioneers, artists, authors and activists…

The programmer

“That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal, as time will show.”

– Ada Lovelace

Born in London in 1815, Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer who worked alongside Charles Babbage on the Analytical Machine – … Read on

Decorating our home


Hollis’s mural, Northern Lights building, Cain’s Brewery Village.

The Cain’s Brewery Village has sparked to life over recent years, with a number of creative businesses moving in, and calling the site home. Vintage warehouses, cafés, bars, food markets and artist-led studios have brought a new buzz to an underutilised area in the city.

When Wordscapes first moved into Northern Lights in 2016, the building’s appearance was overshadowed by the beauty of the ‘terracotta palace’ – the site of the former Cain’s Brewery – which sits adjacent. Over the past few months, Northern Lights has undergone a transformation; with a vibrant ‘northern lights … Read on

What’s on: March

This year, we’ll be hoping that March signals the start of some warm spring weather. The cold winter feels like it has been going on a very long time! Don’t forget International Women’s Day on 8th March, Mother’s Day on 11th March, and Easter right at the end of the month. We also have World Book Day on 1st March, Grammar Day on 4th March and, of course, Fill our Staplers Day on 12th.

Until 18th March: ‘Dragons of the Pool’ at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead. This multimedia exhibition explores the hidden history of the forced repatriation of … Read on

What’s on: February

February means half term, so if you’re looking for ideas for the kids, you may find something useful here. In 2018, it also means Chinese New Year, which Liverpool usually does in style, and this year looks to be no different.

5th February: Sian Owen is launching her new book ‘Social on a Shoestring’, available on Amazon as either an ebook or paperback and iTunes. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep up with the big companies but without their budget, this is the book for you.

5th February: Liverpool Girl Geeks are holding their first event of … Read on

The best things you haven’t seen in Liverpool. Yet.

We worked on this lovely project just before Christmas, to produce a guide to Liverpool to business visitors – either giving them ideas for any spare time, or to entice them back to the city for another visit. We interviewed 11 business leaders, both in Liverpool, and those who have visited Liverpool, to see what really got under their skin. Far from just a traditional ‘big hitters tick list’, they’re genuine suggestions and personal recommendations from a range of people who love Liverpool, alongside some ideas for things that are happening in Liverpool every month this year, and a gatefold … Read on

Irreverent Self Help Books

There are a huge number of self help books available on the market, too many to read to see which one really is going to change your life for the better. I decided to look at the flip side of the self help book, to ones which might make you think a bit more about your life, possibly not in any radical permanent life changing way, but they should at least make you laugh. That’s a subtle disclaimer, some of the books are less subtle.

F*ck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way, John C. Parkin

John C Parkin’s book pretty much started the … Read on

Wordscapes Stories

I asked the Wordscapes team what stories had impacted on them most in 2017. This is what they said.

Andrew: Seeing the City Tribune return has been one of the highlights of the year for me. There was a lot of love for the first City Tribune in 2014 and to bring it back in partnership with the Business Festival team for 2017-2018 and beyond is thrilling. Obviously Ethos has been a bit of a rollercoaster too with five print issues in our first year and new readers across the world. It’s been enormously challenging but I’ve really loved writing stories for … Read on

What’s on in Liverpool: January

There’s loads happening in and around Liverpool in 2018. We’ll be posting some of our best picks here.

12th January: a new exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Mann Island, The Pier Head by Tom Wood, charting 25 years in photos through the 70s and 80s, taken on his daily commute on the Mersey Ferry. On until 25th March, free entry.

18th January: RIBA North West presents ‘Entrepreneurship: Creativity + Innovation‘, 5.30-8pm at Mann Island in Liverpool, speakers include Granby Workshop‘s Sumuyya Khader, free entry but you must book.

25th January: The Beautiful Ideas Company, in collaboration with Folken, is … Read on

Things that I found in the bin…

Missy is our resident scrounger, and anyone who has ever visited us here at Wordscapes Towers (unofficial name, others for consideration are Wordscapia, Scapesterland, and Battle Mountain) will have witnessed her sniffing around anyone eating any food as if she were a beggar from a Dickens novel. When Missy’s human-mum Fiona isn’t looking, she can often be found trying to bounce into our rubbish, hoping to feast on some juicy delicious bin morsels (which as every dog knows are at least 80% more delicious than conventional foods).

So far, the most interesting things that Missy has found in the bin have … Read on