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Local World Cup events and exhibitions

A number of events and exhibitions have taken place in our libraries and elsewhere in St Helens as part of the Rugby League World Cup Cultural Festival.

This ambitious, inclusive, multidisciplinary festival brings together audiences for sport and art around the tournament, amplifying the tournament's strapline 'The Power of Together' and celebrating inclusivity and positive social impact...

Life with the Lionesses

Life with the Lionesses exhibition

Chester Lane Library

Monday 17 October - Thursday 27 October

Life with the Lionesses celebrates 25 years of women's international rugby league and inspiring the next generation.

Women in Rugby League aims to raise awareness of the incredible role models who pioneered women's international rugby league.

This motivational exhibition showcased the Lionesses and follows their ground-breaking journey on and off the field, bringing their stories and experiences to life from the women themselves.

Power Meri: The Documentary

Power Meri: The Documentary

Chester Lane Library

Wednesday 26 October

A free screening of Power Meri, an award-winning documentary following Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia.

These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet.

Proud, strong and hopeful, the pioneering women in the PNG Orchids team have overcome more challenges than most to play their much-loved national sport. But after years at grassroots level, they have just three months to transform themselves into a competitive national team. 

The screening was made possible by the Women in Rugby League project, which is celebrating the history of women in rugby league and looking to inspire future generations.

Hands Across The Globe

Hands Across The Globe

The World of Glass

Friday 14 October - Sunday 20 November

An exhibition curated by Saints Heritage Society showcasing World Cup memorabilia and memories.

No need to book, just turn up.

Parish Church exhibition

St Helens Parish Church

Tuesday 18 October - Monday 21 November

St Helens Parish Church is hosting a pictorial exhibition about international rugby league and the World Cup.

It includes the life story of the former curate, Christopher Chavasse, who played on the wing for Saints before the First World War, eventually becoming the Bishop of Rochester.   


Forty20 podcast

Chester Lane Library

Thursday 20 October

The makers of the Forty20Live podcast, Richard Shaw-Wright and Phil Caplan, welcomed special rugby league guests for this 'live' podcast.

Over two halves of 40 minutes, Richard, Phil and special guests discussed all the action from the first week of the men's Rugby League World Cup, and looked forward to the kick-off of the women's, wheelchair and physical disability tournaments.