Anonymous respondent to WoW survey - January 2012
Since it began in 2000 WoW has brought hundreds of high quality writers, artists and commentators to Liverpool, including, Noam Chomsky, Ann Enright, Billy Bragg, Benjamin Zephaniah, Frank Cottrell Boyce, George Monbiot, Germaine Greer, Haifa Zangana, Irvine Welsh, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Michael Mansfield & Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. We have worked with hundreds of young people, winning awards for our young people’s film-making (Chicago International Children’s Film Festival), story-writing (Brian Jacques award) and nominated for a BeMOBO award for our youth project, Liverpool Young Writers. We are renowned for our ground-breaking approach to developing new audiences, for taking festival events into communities across Merseyside and for having one of the most diverse audiences of any mainstream arts and culture organisation in the UK. WoW believes in supporting people in our communities to find expression through creativity, and to create new, artistic work. In March 2012 Liverpool writer Debbie Morgan, will have her debut novel, Disappearing Home, published by Tindal Street press, as a direct result of Debbie appearing in our unique competition for novelists, Pulp Idol.We could complain that funding for all arts and culture organisations is under threat as the government continues to cut public funding and pushes us to rely upon the wealth of a few by encouraging philanthropy, but we would rather appeal to you to support us for what we actually do:
- Organise a month-long annual festival which brings over thirty writers and artists to Liverpool to an audience of over 4000 people
- Hold a quarterly Rebel Rant, giving people the benefit of debating current issues with some of the best commentators of our time (Germaine Greer, Michael Mansfield, Darcus Howe, etc.)
- Support and publish new writing with our unique novel-writing competition, Pulp Idol
- Help young people develop their writing and performing skills in Liverpool Young Writers
Therefore, we appeal to you to make a donation, or even better, agree to make a regular donation by direct debit to support our work; a couple of pound each month would mean we can carry on with all of the above and implement our ambitious plans for the next three years, including establishing a dedicated centre for writers in the North end of Liverpool – The Writing Bloc.
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