WoWFest is Liverpool’s longest running festival of creative writing. Beginning in 2000 as a weekend festival it’s now a month-long programme of radical literature, debate, performance, activism and creative writing running each May in venues across the city. Born from the Docker’s Strike of 95-98, WoWFest has always been a radical programme of writers, journalists, performers, activists, commentators, broadcasters, academics and communities. It brings together high-profile and international guests alongside local professional artists and communities in relevant, interesting and dynamic discussions. We have been proud to include Gary Younge, Ken Loach, Akala, Benjamin Zephaniah, Linton Kwesei Johnson, Hollie McNish, Francesca Martinez, Irvine Welsh, Walter Mosely, Noam Chomsky, Bonnier Greer, Alexei Sayle, The Beat, Pauline Black, Peter Hooton, Isy Suttie, Juno Dawson, Lemn Sissay, Salena Godden. These are just some of the exciting guests WoWFest has welcomed to the city.
WoWFest18 is themed ‘Crossing Borders’, in response to xenophobic rhetoric spanning the globe and the increasing crisis of refugees and people seeking asylum. Our 18th annual festival celebrates ten years since Liverpool’s appointment as European Capital of Culture and will bring together another exciting programme to the city across May.