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Tuesday 12th May

 

When war breaks out a swarm of aid industries quickly descend on the conflict like a second wave of invaders. Never more so than in 2004 when Darfur, in western Sudan, erupted into civil war. Join us for an evening with author Michelle Green and aid specialist Róisín Read.

When war breaks out, a swarm of other industries quickly surround the battlefield; aid agencies, NGOs, international media corporations, mercenaries and private investors… all descend on the conflict like a second wave of invaders. Never was this more so than in 2004 when Darfur, in western Sudan, erupted into civil war. Accusations of government-sponsored ethnic cleansing and what the UN described as ‘the world’s worst humanitarian crisis’ combined to put this previously unheard-of region under the world’s spotlight. Yet, for all the influx of foreign agencies and outside interest, very little was (and still is) known about the causes of this conflict. Here, Michelle Green – a former aid worker in Darfur – re-tells the story of the war from 15 different perspectives, capturing by turns the brutal indifference of the government war machine, the terrible scars inflicted on individuals caught in its path, and the complex melting pot of experiences that constitutes any relief effort. Though fictional, these stories reach beyond the myths so often used to simplify this crisis and offer moving, first-hand insights into a tragedy that, like so many others, disappeared from our headlines all too quickly.


Michelle Green is an acclaimed poet turned short-story writer, and a well-loved figure on the Manchester spoken-word scene. In 2005, she won the North West Regional Poetry Slam, and has since performed across the UK, both solo and in collaboration with musicians and visual artists, at festivals such as the Big Chill, as well as on BBC Radio 4. She has published her poems and short stories in numerous magazines and anthologies (including Bitch Lit and City Secrets), and her first collection of poetry - Knee High Affairs - was published by Crocus in 2006. Jebel Marra is her first collection of fiction and is based on her own experience as an aid worker in Darfur.
 

   
 

Róisín Read's research explores international interventions in conflict with a special focus on Sudan. She currently coordinates that ESRC-funded Making Peacekeeping Data Work for the International Community project at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, looking at the use and production of UN peacekeeping data in Darfur. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester focusing on NGOs in South Sudan. Róisín is particularly interested in exploring practices of storytelling and knowledge production in post-conflict environments and their political effects.


6pm, News From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY

Tickets: £4/£2 Pay on door

Wednesday 24th January: Tony Schumacher in conversation with Mike Morris



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Date: Wednesday 24th January 
Time: 1.30pm - 3pm
Venue: Central Library, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EW

Our first Enterprise Hub event for 2018 is on Wednesday 24th, 1.30pm, at Central Library, and features acclaimed novelist Tony Schumacher in-conversation with WoW Co-Director Mike Morris, about his latest novel, An Army of One, which concludes his enthralling John Rossett trilogy. Tony has been a policeman, stand-up comedian, bouncer, jeweller, taxi driver, perfume salesman, actor, and garbage collector, among others, and he will be talking to Mike about how he survived while writing his first novel – the perfect guest for Enterprise Hub! There’ll be time to talk to Tony about his life and work, and staff on hand to give advice about being referred to Enterprise Hub Business Advisors.

The event is free but please register a place here
 
 
 
 

Wednesday 31st January: Rap Vs Rhyme Showcase


Date: Wednesday 31st January 
Time: 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6.45 pm) 
Venue: Studio 2 Parr Street, L1 4JN
Free Entry 

Featuring international recording artists TL & emerging rap talent C-Two and Miss Deep, witness the climax of WoW's Rap Vs Rhyme project with the debut of Liverpool's newest spoken word and rap talent.  

Wednesday 24th January: Jigsaw Book Launch


Date: Wednesday 24th January 2018 
Time: 7pm
Venue: Studio 2 (Parr Street Studios 33-45 Parr Street, Liverpool L1 4JN)


Jigsaw is a captivating collection of diverse stories, poems, reviews, articles and observations. Each piece in this anthology, from the humorous to the heartbreaking, highlights the quality writing produced by the participants and the diversity of skills learnt on the Write to Work course. Please join us in celebrating the launch of this third book, with readings from the writers and the opportunity to meet them all.

This will be an exciting opportunity to exclusively listen to new local Liverpool talent. The success of the Write to Work programme has been far reaching with writers having gone on to have articles published in The Guardian, become freelance copywriters and proofreaders, as well as obtaining full time jobs within the arts sector.   

Write to Work
is a twelve-week programme, helping unemployed learners explore a diverse range of writing skills, from blogging to review writing to copy writing, serving as a route to employment, further education or vocational training. 

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Address:  Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1TH
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Tel:  0151 703 0020
E-mail: info@writingonthewall.org.uk

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