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Thursday 21st May


What do really we know of life in Gaza beyond the headlines? Two citizens of Gaza and contributors to Comma Press’s The Book of Gaza offer insights into the struggles of everyday life in a city under siege. Join us for readings and discussion about life and literature on the Strip.

The Book of Gaza offers a cross section of the three generations of authors to have emerged in the city since 1967, and together the stories present a literary map of the city. Published just before the outbreak of Operation Protective Edge, the contributors have since lived through yet another period of intense and deadly conflict.

 

Nayrouz Qarmout is a Palestinian writer and activist. Born in Damascus in 1984, as a Palestinian refugee, she returned to the Gaza Strip, as part of the 1994 Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement, where she now lives. She graduated from al-Azhar University in Gaza with a degree in Economics. She currently works in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, raising awareness of gender issues and promoting the political and economic role of women in policy and law, as well as the defence of women from abuse, and highlighting the role of women’s issues in the media. Her political, social and literary articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, and online. She has also written screenplays for several short films dealing with women’s rights. She is a social activist and a member of several youth initiatives, campaigning for social change in Palestine.
 

  
 

(Online reading) Mona Abu Sharekh’s family was originally from Ashkelon (her father being expelled from his land in 1948). She studied English Literature at Islamic University of Gaza from 2001 to 2005, then took a Masters degree in Business Administration at the same university. Her first collection of short stories, What the Madman Said, was published in 2008 by the Palestinian Writers Union, and deals with life in Gaza shortly after the second intifada (2006-2007). She has recently completed her second collection, about Palestinian women, When I Cut Off the Head of Gaza, and she is currently working on a novel about children abandoned for the shame of being born out of wedlock. She has worked as project manager for a number of Palestinian NGOs, and her writing frequently draws on her experiences of social work.

 

7.30pm. The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX

TICKETS HERE: £4/£2. The Bluecoat, 0151 702 5324

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: Tony Schumacher in conversation with Mike Morris



Register your place here
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 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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