The Wiwi Jam may have sold out earlier this year, but there’s still a lot of Eurovision love to be had in Liverpool. On May 10 — from 18:30 until 20:00 — Waterstones Liverpool is hosting a very special book event with our very own William Lee Adams and fellow Eurovision author Chris West. They’ll be in conversation and you can be in the audience.
Their books approach Eurovision from two totally different angles, but both authors share a love of the contest and an interest in the social, political and cultural cleavages it reflects.
Tickets are £5 for general admission and £4 for Waterstones members. We’ll have copies of our books on hand. You can also order the titles from Waterstones.
“Wild Dances: My Queer and Curious Journey to Eurovision” (out May 9)
“Eurovision! A History of Modern Europe Through the World’s Greatest Song Contest”
“Do you think the world of the Eurovision Song Contest, with its crazy props, even crazier dancers, and crazier still songs has nothing to do with serious European politics? Think again. The contest has been a mirror for cultural, social, and political developments in Europe ever since its inauguration, when an audience in dinner jackets and ball gowns politely applauded each song. It has been a voice of rebellion across the Iron Curtain, an inspiration for new European nations in the 1990s and 2000s, the voice of liberation for both sexual and regional minorities. It even once triggered a national revolution.
“Eurovision! charts both the history of Europe and the history of the Eurovision Song Contest over the last six decades, and shows how seamlessly they interlink — and what an amazing journey it has been.”