The 'Make Doves Not War' project and writing competition is an exciting and innovative approach to engaging children, from the Merseyside area, to reflect on peace, war and conflict, both historical and contemporary, in the centenary year of the start of the First World War. Writing on the Wall's Make Doves Not War! is aimed to commemorate those who died in the struggle for peace through a creative campaign based around the slogan 'Make Doves Not War'. The symbol of the Dove has been used in many countries to signify the desire for peace and an end to war & conflict.
Festival Director, Madeline Heneghan says,
'The project is designed to raise knowledge and understanding of the cause and consequences of the First World War, commemorate those on all sides who died during the conflict, and promote the cause of peace and understanding of other races and cultures, and celebrate diversity among young and old.'
Children aged 8-16 have used their writing skills to produce a piece of poetry or flash fiction reflecting creatively on conflict. Writing on the Wall believes it’s important to allow the next generation of writers to have their voices heard on a subject which affected people 100 years ago and still affects people now. The competition offers the winning entries the opportunity to be published which I'm sure you'll agree is fantastic, not many people can say that they are a published writer under the age of 16!
We had an amazing day down at the Central Library. We heard some fantastic winning entries from our young writers and we got a special guest appearance from Peter Hooton who came and sang #AllTogetherNow with the group supporting The Peace Collective.