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Mental Health & Me 2015

Liverpool’s Mental Health Consortium & Writing on the Wall are delighted to announce that the ‘Mental Health & Me’ writing competition is back for its second year! As part of Liverpool’s World Mental Health Day celebrations on Saturday 10th October 2015, we are inviting you to send us an original response to the expression ‘Mental Health & Me.’ Last year’s competition was one of the highlights of the World Mental Health Day programme & attracted a wide selection of creative work across 6 categories – poetry, short stories, diary pieces or blog posts, letters, a piece of journalism, or even a tweet. This year, we’re adding a brand new category - Spoken Word - which we hope will appeal to the creative flair of even more people.

We would encourage entries from anyone with an interest in Mental Health & Wellbeing. If mental distress has affected you or someone close to you, if you have experience as a carer or a professional, or if you have a particular interest in the subject of mental health for any reason, we want to hear from you. Critical voices are also welcome!

This year’s competition is open to anyone living within Merseyside (Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens) and to all age groups.
 
Find out more information on how to enter CLICK HERE.
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What’s Your Granby Story? Book Launch

5th September 2015 at Granby Street Summer Market
Free, No booking required

Granby Four Street Community Land Trust
& Writing on the Wall are proud to present What’s Your Granby Story? 
 
This collection of stories, memoirs, poems and conversations is the first publication to focus exclusively on the Granby area. These new and original pieces were created over a two month period as part of a creative writing and storytelling project. The ultimate intention of What’s Your Granby Story? is to demonstrate the exceptionality of Granby, its rich and important heritage and why, through its highs and lows, it has always been regarded as the heart of Liverpool 8. We feel that this very special book has really achieved that aim and that the outstanding quality of the work reflects the creativity of this community. 
 
Curtis Watt, poet and workshop leader has said of the book,  
‘These memories of Granby Street chronicle the passion and importance of Liverpool's diverse cultural heritage. From stories of poverty, hardship, displacement and isolation, to those of entrepreneurialism, settlement and community, the overall tone is not one of complaint but of tenacity and aspiration. This collection of stories and poems takes you through an emotional theme park. This is an insightful, funny and magical, recalling of what people can achieve through integration. It was a pleasure to be involved in the creation of this book. I'd like to personally thank all who so generously shared their feelings and memories.’
 
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Superheroes Of Slam 2015

We are on the quest for the Ultimate Slam Poet
in partnership with
Commonword...

Liverpool Heat: 7th October at Leaf Tea Shop. 7pm, £4/£3.

Judged by audience response & guest judges
Open to all poets, MCs & rappers performing acapella, bring your entourage!
 
To enter please email info@writingonthewall.org.uk
The grand final champion will receive £250 and an Arvon week of their choice in 2016 (subject to availability).
Find out more here

 
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From Great War to Race Riots

Writing on the Wall have been presented with a number of significant, original documents covering the period 1919 to 1921, by community member and activist Joe Farrag. This archive relates to the position of Black ex-servicemen, seamen and factory workers stranded or left destitute in Liverpool after the First World War. 

We are currently recruiting people who may be interested in getting involved in this project. Are you interested to find out more about your heritage? Do you have a passion for history and local history? In recognition of the immense historical importance of this archive, both locally and nationally, Writing on the Wall have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to run a seventeen month creative heritage project.  Local Writer Emy Onuora, Historian Mike Boyle, Poet Levi Tafari and WoW’s Co-Director, Madeline Heneghan will work with community members to explore, preserve and catalogue the archive and to respond creatively to this incredible resource. Participants will gain valuable skills in archiving, historical research, web-related skills including scanning, cataloguing and digitisation of the archive on a dedicated website and will have a chance to explore the archive creatively. 

You can find out more information about this project via our 
website. If you would like to book a place on this project or find out more information, please contact Madeline Heneghan on 0151 703 0020 or email madeline@writingonthewall.org.uk

A section of the archive is available to view in Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L9 1XF. 

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What's Your Story? Manchester Young Carers

We had a brilliant event down at Contact Theatre in Manchester on Friday evening. Great readings and performances from all the young carers. Huge thank you to Zoe Lambert and Family Action. A real treat to see Michelle Green and Mike Garry perform on the evening too!
The What's Your Story? book is now available on Kindle, and hard copies can be purchased from Writing on the Wall: info@writingonthewall.org.uk

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Pulp Idol 2015

Congratulations to all 12 of our Pulp Idol finalists for taking part in our competition this year. Brilliant work and readings from all. 
 
1st place:  Jamie Carragher with The Gig
Runners up: Emma Morgan with This Way Home
and Jack Roe with Strange Town

We will now be working with editors to get all 12 pieces into the Pulp Idol ’16 Book of Firsts which will be launched later this year. 


Thank you to our judges James Rice, Laura Longrigg and Hellie Ogden
 
If you’d like to find out more about Pulp Idol and how you can get involved next year please click here
 
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Flash Fiction 2015 Winners

Congratulations to our TWO Flash Fiction Competition Winners: 

JOE LAVELLE with Balloons &
ANDREA DAVIES with Liverpool Cafe Noir 


Chosen by Kevin Sampson and awarded by Walter Mosley...

Kevin Sampson: 
' As always with Writing On The Wall's competitions, an exceptional standard of finalists. Every single entry embraced its own world and delivered a climactic punch. 
 
Two pieces stood out for me, each masters of the craft. Within the confines and restrictions of micro-storytelling, these two authors imposed their voice, created living, breathing, swearing, memorable characters, bent language to their will and wove compelling narratives; proper stories.
 
One is a knowing pastiche of classic gumshoe pulp, the other is a pared-down slice of street life. I can't separate them so, if it's okay with WOW, would like to award an equal first to Balloons and Mersey (Cafe) Noir. Thanks for letting me read them.' 
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Walter Mosley

2nd JULY at LIVERPOOL TOWN HALL.
Get your tickets here

 

Walter Mosley heads to the city from New York for a rare UK appearance. Hosted by Writing on the Wall, the event will explore a shared literary heritage and transatlantic experiences of race, class and equality.Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major best selling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins and Devil in a Blue Dress. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 
 
Madeline Heneghan Co- Director, Writing on the Wall says:
‘It’s a real coup to have such an iconic American writer as Walter Mosley in the city. This is an exceptional treat for fans of crime fiction and an absolute must for those interested in contemporary US politics and culture’. 
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Subterranean Theatre: The Maurie

2nd - 13th JUNE AT THE CUNARD BUILDING
Tickets available here


Written by Writing on the Wall’s Mike Morris, The Maurie is based on a 1920s short story by rediscovered Liverpool seafarer and writer George Garrett. It celebrates the mighty ‘Scouse boat’ the Mauretania, and the lives of those who worked below decks, and is set in the ‘Subterranean Theatre’ of the ship’s engine room.
 
Mike Morris says: “Garrett described the scene in the engine rooms of the Mauretania as a ‘Subterranean Theatre’; it’s a fitting tribute to Garrett, and the stokers, who laboured below decks in almost inhuman conditions to keep these incredible liners running, that their contribution to Liverpool’s maritime history is recognised as part of the city’s One Magnificent City celebrations.”
 
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WoW Fest 2015: American Dreams

Introducing ‘American Dreams’, WoW’s Star Spangled programme of spoken word, theatre, film, discussion and debate. From Wall Street to Water Street, Liverpool’s literary links to America, and specifically New York, are mapped out and explored in a celebration featuring New York/US based writers, Innovative Theatre and bang up to the moment Spoken Word artists. Join WoW on a transatlantic journey through the wild, strange frenzy of the shared maritime history of these two iconic port cities.

Don’t miss our usual eclectic mix of high quality writers and artists in a range of events dealing with RACE AND FOOTBALL, FEMINISM AND ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT BY DECEIT, LIFE IN GAZA, WOMEN IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, AID IN SUDAN & JEWISH IDENTITY AND WRITING.

Our acclaimed PULP IDOL and FLASH FICTION competitions open the way for new writers to get published. 

Click here for full programme and tickets.

Join WoW's mailing list for exclusive ticket offers.

 

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Pulp Idol 2015 Now Open!


Pulp Idol is a unique writing competition for novelists. Pulp Idol gets you published. With great success from previous finalists it is an inspiring opportunity for writers. Pulp Idol focuses on supporting new original voices and getting them heard. We provide a platform for up-and-coming writers, helping with exposure to new audiences and providing contacts with key publishers and agents.
 
If you want to be in with a chance of getting your first chapter published and getting to read in front of a major publisher or agent, then you need to enter Pulp Idol 2015. 
 

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E-mail: info@writingonthewall.org.uk

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