Board of Trustees

Writing on the Wall Board of Trustees is a multi-disciplinary team of highly motivated people from the social economy, secondary education, higher education, private and community sectors. The range of skills provides a mix of management and creative insight that has allowed the festival to develop to its current position. The Board has been established since 2002, but has been working together as a team since 2000, and currently comprises:

Stuart Borthwick is a higher education professional working at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). His current roles include oversight of quality assurance and enhancement at the Liverpool School of Art and Design, and leadership of LJMU’s BA Popular Music Studies course. Stuart also acts as external examiner at the University of Huddersfield. Stuart’s fondest memories of Writing on the Wall events include Irvine Welsh appearing at the festival wearing little other than a giant Brazil flag on the day that Brazil beat England in the 2002 World Cup, the poet John Cooper Clarke telling utterly unrepeatable jokes at the festival in 2008, and the Liverpool Young Writers silencing unruly crowds with performances that led to their shortlisting for a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Community Award in 2010.

Penny Feeny is a best-selling writer who has long been involved in the arts in Liverpool, serving on the boards of the Everyman and Brouhaha International before becoming a trustee of WOW in 2009. She has been an arts administrator, editor, radio presenter and advice worker but far prefers writing fiction. Her short stories have won many awards and her first novel, That Summer in Ischia, (Tindal Street Press, 2011) topped Amazon’s bestseller list in summer 2011.

Mary Kelso has worked with Liverpool secondary schools for 40 years, initiating many successful English projects for students. She launched the multi-award winning Royal Liver Poetry of Place writing project, worked with secondary colleagues to establish the first Liverpool Reads and most recently worked with primary schools, author Alan Gibbons and the Book Trust to produce the children's novel 'The Dying Photo'. She regularly presents national workshops with The Poetry Society and presently works as a teacher and independent English consultant.

Helen Millne is the Chief of Operations and Finance at The Women’s Organisation where she provides leadership in financial management, organisational development and quality and social impact measurement. She has over twenty years’ experience working in the third sector on Merseyside, is a registered Social Accountant and has a Masters in Business Administration (awarded with distinction). Committed to issues of equality and inclusion Helen was a founder member of Writing on the Wall’s legal body and she acts as Treasurer to the Board.

Jenny Newman has written two novels, Going In (Penguin) and Life Class (Arrow). She is also the editor of The Faber Book of Seductions; and co-editor of Women Talk Sex: Autobiographical writing on sex, sexuality and sexual identity (Scarlet Press); British and Irish Novelists: an Introduction through Interviews (Arnold) and The Writer’s Workbook (Arnold). Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and published in The London Magazine, This Is, Penpusher and Riptide. She was formerly Head of Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University where she founded the MA, MPhil and PhD programmes in Writing.

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