Edge Hill University will host an event at Liverpool’s Bluecoat as part of national humanities festival Being Human 2015.

Being Human will see researchers and public explore what it means to be human, and Edge Hill’s contribution – the Life is Short mini-festival – celebrates all things small and perfectly formed, from the haiku to the butterfly. Life is Short takes place at The Bluecoat on 15 November 2015 has been made possible by a grant from the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The Life is Short mini-festival will champion the excellence of humanities research being undertaken in the North West and help to demonstrate the vitality and relevance of this today.

Grants have been awarded to 41 universities and cultural organisations across the UK to participate in the 11 days of Being Human.

The grant will help the University bring together researchers and local communities to engage with the humanities. The national programme of big ideas, big debates and engaging activities for all ages will inform, extend and ignite contemporary thinking and imagination around the humanities.

Dr Ailsa Cox

Dr Ailsa Cox

Dr Ailsa Cox, Reader in English and Writing at Edge Hill University said: “We’re proud to take part in this wonderful festival. The Life is Short event will be a chance for everyone, young or old, to explore short art forms and small forms of life, bringing together the creative arts, history and biology for a whole day of activities.”


During the inaugural festival in 2014 over 60 universities and cultural organisations organised over 160 free events sharing the best and most challenging thinking in the humanities with audiences across the country. Extending beyond face-to-face interactions in the UK, the festival crossed borders on the web, reaching more than 2.2 million across Twitter and website visitors from around the globe.

The 2015 festival programme promises to be exciting, entertaining and thought-provoking, with something for everyone in our diverse communities.