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‘Wonderful! Fantastic atmosphere, great venue, fabulous, helpful volunteers. Thank you!’ Audience Member - Rioting on the Wall
‘Was a top night! And an amazing thought-provoking, heart-felt day! WoW indeed.’ Audience Member - The Rebel’s Ball
‘Speaker brilliant, subjects of compelling interest. Congratulations to WoW.’ Audience Member - Gentleman! George Monbiot’s Left Hook
‘Excellent and inspiring (both speakers). More of Tony Wailey please.’ Audience Member - Working Class Heroes
‘The production of this event was first class. Very nice surroundings. Relaxed and ideal.’ Audience Member - Working Class Heroes
‘Superb – Three Writers – Fabulous discussions, explanation, feedback, etc.’ Audience Member - Under Pressure
‘Robust debate. Interesting ideas. Bravo!’ Audience Member - Regeneration or Ruination
‘Excellent speakers and discussion.’ Audience Member - Big Society
‘Interesting, fun, exciting, humorous. Thanks.’ Audience Member - Saints and Sinners
‘Beautiful – Quality of the speakers was absolutely outstanding.’ Audience Member - Voice Recognition
‘Amazing, touching, moving, real, raw. Thanks!’ Audience Member - Voice Recognition
‘Brilliant and enlightening.’ Audience Member - General Strike
‘Very good. Informative. More! More!’ Audience Member - Séanna Walsh
‘I really loved the opportunity to see something like this locally.’ Audience Member - A L Kennedy
‘I loved the informality of the layout and more importantly the passion of A L Kennedy’s speech. This festival always brings Liverpool brilliant writers. I can never see enough events but this year Bonnie Greer and A L Kennedy – as different as they are – both proved that writers can be amazing speakers and can leave new audiences too stunned to say much – a rarity in this town!’ Audience Member - A L Kennedy
‘The event was fantastic. The poets complimented each other really well. It was a great mix of music, poetry, humour and food-for-thought.’ Audience Member - Benjamin Zephaniah & Friends
  ‘The WoW Festival reaches audiences that other festivals cannot reach.’ Audience Member
‘I have been to many events during the festival and each one has been wonderfully inspiring. Keep up the good work!’ Audience Member
The quotes below are anonymous and come from respondents to a survey offered to its mailing list by WoW in Jan 2012.
‘The festival is an excellent, diverse and exciting festival.’ Audience Member
‘It is one of the most important festivals offered to Merseyside people. All events are well thought out and organized to a high standard, meeting the needs of Liverpool people. This festival gives opportunities to our community which we would not have otherwise. This festival is for the people run by our people. Long may the WOW run in Liverpool, we have a festival to be proud of.’ Audience Member
Writing on the Wall‘I have to say that the staff/volunteers involved in delivering WOW do a fantastic job. I have gotten to know the same friendly faces from one event to another and think you all demonstrate your commitment and belief in the importance of delivering these events. Onwards and upwards!’ Audience Member
 ‘WOW is a highlight of the Liverpool Cultural year.’ Audience Member
‘WoW is one of the few genuinely radical literature events. It is inclusive and anti-elitist. All power to its elbows!’ Audience Member
‘Even though there is an economic crisis, it is important to hang on to festivals and projects for people need something to be involved with.’ Audience Member

New Project - Liverpool 8 Archive Project - Call for Participants

The Liverpool 8 Law Centre was one of the most significant community organisations in the city. To a community who bore the brunt of the government’s policy towards Liverpool of ‘managed decline’ combined with institutionalised racism, it provided support, legal advice and sanctuary. The exciting new Heritage Lottery funded L8 Archives Project will explore, collate and catalogue the collections of the Liverpool 8 law centre and other key community organisations. Using existing material and through the creation of new audio and visual recordings, a unique and
important archive will be produced, charting the history, events and influences that have led to the diversity of cultures which make up the Liverpool 8 community and BAME Communities across the City. Writing on the Wall are currently recruiting participants to support this exciting project who wish to gain new skills.

Participants will:
· Take part in a 10-week taught course on the historic context of the archive led by local writer Emy Onuora and WoW Co-Director Madeline Heneghan
· Receive training in archiving, cataloguing and video interviewing
· Catalogue and archive community material under the guidance of a professional archivist
· Interview key individuals related to and inspired by the archive
· Deliver their own Local History project

- The first session will be take place on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at Toxteth Library (Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1XF) from 6-8pm. 

To get involved please contact or phone 0151 703 0020.

Tapestry & Hope and Two Sugars available to buy online

Hope and Two Sugars and Tapestry are now online to buy on Amazon. Get a copy, support new writing and read these innovative, heartfelt stories. 

The writers in Tapestry have found their voice, have created stories, memoir and poems and, during this creative journey, found they had something worth saying.

Hope and Two Sugars features the stories of kinship carers - grandparents caring for their grandchildren. The book highlights the simplistic things in life, from first jobs and cinema trips to wishes of hope and heartwarming poetry, written by the grandparents and their grandchildren too. 

Every Tuesday: Rap Vs Rhyme

Every Tuesday
Time: 6pm - 8pm 
Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, L8 1XF 

Are you interested in rap? Rap Vs Rhyme is your chance to show us what you've got and see TL / Tony Broke, C-Two and Miss Deep perform their own work.

Writing on the Wall presents a 6 week project to hone your writing skills plus a chance to perform live to audiences with the best Liverpool rap talent. So come along to the launch if you're interested in rap, poetry, performance and more. For 16-25s. 

For further information, email:


Contact WoW

Address:  Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1TH
Map: Click Here for our location page

Tel:  0151 703 0020

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