An intimate evening with Simon Hughes & Peter Hooton (The Farm) on There She Goes: Liverpool, A City On Its Own: The Long Decade ’79 -‘ 93.
Join us for this intimate evening of conversation with where award-winning writer and Liverpudlian Simon Hughes talks to Peter Hooton (The Farm) about his latest book, a history of Liverpool between 1979 and 1993.
Liverpool was once one of the greatest cities in the British empire but it no longer feels like it is in England, if it ever did. It had retreated as a significant port after the Second World War and by 1979, it was already on the brink. What it needed was support but instead, a Conservative Party with aggressive new ideas allowed it to slide. Thirty years after the Toxteth Riots, classified government papers revealed that the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, was urged to abandon the city and embark on a programme of ‘managed decline’. Why did Liverpool’s fortunes change so dramatically? Why did it fight back when other cities did not? This is the untold story of what it was like for Liverpool’s people and how the period defines who they are.
Simon Hughes is a journalist and award-winning author. He covers Merseyside football for the Athletic. His other books include Men in White Suits, Ring of Fire, On the Brink and Allez Allez Allez.
Born and raised in Liverpool, Peter Hooton co-founded, edited and wrote for the legendary Merseyside fanzine The End which featured football, music and fashion. John Peel listed it as one of his all-time favourite magazines of the 1980s. Peter then became a songwriter with his group The Farm who went on to have a No 1 album.
Over the years he has had numerous articles published in a variety of magazines and newspapers including the Face, the Observer, the Guardian, the Daily Mirror, Loaded, GQ, the Liverpool Echo and the New European. A lifelong supporter and season ticket holder at Liverpool FC, he wrote for the LFC Matchday magazine during the 1990s and contributed to several books about the club. In 2009 he authored the top-selling Liverpool edition in the When Football Was Football book series.
Peter has also scripted TV programmes, including a Granada TV documentary series about Liverpool’s social/economic and political history, BBC Newsnight (Hillsborough) and BBC This Week (Politics). Peter has most recently been executive producer of a documentary about Liverpool’s legendary manager Bill Shankly, Nature’s Fire, which has received critical acclaim.