Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place
A two-year AHRC-funded network exploring the work of Wirral-born author Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957) concerning the natural world, and to increase care for our oceans and seas through a series of podcasts recorded during sailings between Liverpool and Isle of Man, 2021-22.

This research emerges from work on Lowry co-ordinated by Bluecoat, including The Lighthouse Invites The Storm / our title comes from Lowry's collection of short stories named after a Manx hymn, Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place.

Lead Investigator: Alan Dunn (Leeds Beckett University) / Co-Investigator: Helen Tookey (Liverpool John Moores University) / in collaboration with Bluecoat, Mariner's Park, Art Doctors and Merseyside Maritime Museum.

We will invite artists, poets, retired sea captains, academics, musicians and maritime curators to sail (Liverpool-IoM sailings only take place between March-October each year) to chat, observe, mingle with the public and unpack Lowry’s short stories in relation to increased care of our oceans. This website will document the project and, from January 2022, our 20-minute podcasts will be available from here. For now, we’ll post some visual records and written reflections as we begin to balance ideas around Lowry’s environmentally-aware writing (and writer’s block at sea) and notions of salvage, time enough and biosphere.

Travellers and project participants include Bryan Biggs, Roger Cliffe-Thompson, Rob Keith, Liz Stirling, Alison McIntyre, Cian Quayle, Louise K. Wilson, Chris Watson, BAND PUNK / Band of Holy Joy (James Stephen Finn & Johny Brown), Ian Murphy (Maritime Museum), Jessica Van Horssen, Sarah Hymas, Paul Ratcliff, The Retail Institute, Rob Burroughs and more.

Hear Us - landing stages
FIRST CROSSING - sailing from Liverpool to Isle of Man, September 2021
LOWRY LOUNGE - report for the Lowry Lounge, Bluecoat, Liverpool, October 2021
HEAR US SALVAGE PILOT - radio broadcast during COP26, Glasgow, Oct-Nov 2021