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James Rice Book Launch

Alice and the Fly 

The Directors of Hodder & Stoughton and Writing on the Wall invite you to the launch of one of the most hotly anticipated debuts of 2015 – Alice and the Fly by previous Pulp Idol finalist, James Rice. Thursday 15th January, 7.30pm in Leaf Tea Shop, 65-67 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ. 

Books will be available to buy on the night and James will be in conversation with WoW’s Mike Morris. 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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In Memory of Dinesh Allirajah


We were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of poet, writer and teacher, Dinesh Allirajah. We had the pleasure of working with Dinesh in 2007 when he did a superb job coordinating our first Liverpool Young Writers Project. He also appeared, reading his own poetry, at our festival on a number of occasions. Dinesh was a very talented writer, an excellent performer and a wonderful person, who made a major contribution to arts and culture across the North-West. He was respected and admired by our festival audiences, our young writers and all at Writing on the Wall. He will be missed by many people. We extend our thoughts and sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time, and wish them all the best for the future.
 
 
Co-Directors Mike Morris and Madeline Heneghan on behalf of all at Writing on the Wall.
 
Link to Dinesh’s website: www.freewebs.com/dineshallirajah
 
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Pulp Idol 2015 Firsts


Pulp Idol Firsts 2015 is now available to buy on Amazon Kindle, or you can get your hard copy directly from Writing on the Wall. Just call 0151 703 0020 or email info@writingonthewall.org.uk and order yours. 

'We saw an incredible variety of submissions in the 2014 Pulp Idol competition, from work exploring our closest relationships to books that were all about action, and from the gritty realism of police procedural to the fantasy of a world unlike our own. The standard was impressive, and it’s clear that new writing is alive and well in Liverpool.' Alex Christofi   

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WoW's 12 Books of Christmas

Writing on the Wall have published an incredible 12 books over the past year full of high quality writing from our amazing projects. We are celebrating this by dedicating our 12 days of Christmas to each publication. Keep a look out and take advantage of our special seasonal discounts...
 
We will also be holding online competitions where you can win ALL 12 BOOKS FOR FREE! 
 
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Pulp Idol Book Launch

On 11th December we will be launching this year’s Pulp Idol winners book of first chapters. We will be celebrating the book launch with readings and music for all to enjoy! No tickets required, just head down and get your copy of the book. Come down to Siren Café and celebrate what must have been WoW’s busiest year yet! 



Also to come:
We've got a big announcement about a previous Pulp Idol finalist coming soon.... 
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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Variety Show

A Christmas variety show in aid of the Stroke Association Merseyside life after stroke group. Comedy, music and drama sketches performed by stroke survivors and stroke association staff and volunteers. Come and join us for some Christmas fun and laughter!

Tickets: £5
Wednesday 10th December, 7.30pm 
Old Roan Baptist Church, L10 2JD
Refreshments available 
 
Tickets available from Kate or Jo on 0151 529 3828/3125.
 
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Make Doves Not War Celebration Event

We had an amazing day down at the Central Library. We heard some fantastic winning entries from our young writers and we got a special guest appearance from Peter Hooton who came and sang #AllTogetherNow with the group supporting The Peace Collective
 
Thank you to all the schools for getting involved with Make Doves Not War and all the kids who were writing and drawing. Congratulations to all the finalists and winning writers. A massive thanks to Peter, Jonathan Mayhew, Seán Street and Gary Millar for making today so special and of course our Coordinator, Chanel Scott Jeffers for organising it. We couldn't do it without all of you. 
 
 
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New Young Writers Workshop

Young people aged 11 – 19 years, explore different written and spoken mediums for creative self-expression. Through the creative activities topical issues of relevance to the lives of young people will be examined. The groups work will be showcased though a publication and at a high profile public event where young performers will demonstrate their artistic and person development alongside professional writers and spoken word artists.
 

Free workshops happening every Wednesday at the Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre 
If you want to join please contact us on info@writingonthewall.org.uk or 0151 703 0020 

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Black Family History in the First World War Poetry

As part of Black History Month in collaboration with Museum of Liverpool, we had a brilliant poetry workshop with poet Levi Tafari. Taking inspiration from the First World War, several participants read their poems. Here are some pieces if you missed the performance...

 
A colony of the unsung,
repression built upon unknown,
minorities of legacy,
distributed through hidden tyranny,
hereby implanted to the stock,
of segregated essence,
feed the privileged alterations,
directed to blind provocation,
rotting to the core,
in anger,
commonalities buried beneath the slander,
a unison forbidden within this hidden decay,
waiting to evaporate,
weakened paupers blame the others,
a virus breeding from the mother.


By Reece


I wonder what it was like returning after the war?
I wonder what the black ‘Tommy Soldier’ saw when he arrived from the home front feeling very sore,
From being on the battlefield, fighting and buried in bunkers made of sacks and sand,
Was he fighting for ‘his’ life?
Or was it for the colonies they call the mother country a place called England?
I wonder what it was like returning after the war?
Did ‘Tommy Soldier’ get a hero’s welcome with people lining the streets,
Waving banners, flags with children playing oh wow what a treat,
Oh no, it was not so, he came home on a train,
Having to walk the final eight miles on foot,
There was no room for a black soldier with shrapnel in his right leg and shoulder,
Oh the pain, the pain, the pain.


By Jacqui

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MHAM Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of our Mental Health & Me Competition....
 
Letters
Winner AND OVERALL WINNER: Letters to myself – Gemma Rogers
2nd: Dear Bipolar and Alcoholism – Ness Hay
3rd: Dear People who work at the A&E – Clare Mawdsley
 
Short Story
Winner: Bombs – Joe Lavelle
2nd: Patchwork Quilt – Sam Kenny
3rd: Borderline to What? – Susanna Adlem
 
Journalism
Winner: My Dad, the Schizophrenic – Lewis Jennings
2nd: Disordered – Lowri Llewelyn
3rd: Lucky Dip – Cailen Kinney
 
Poetry
Winner: If I didn’t know better – Mark Curtis
2nd: You might not know this – Kate Evans
3rd: If I could send you – Liz Stokes
 
Blog/Diary
Winner: Excerpts from Mum’s Diary – Lorraine J Wood
2nd: Talk to the Guitar – Tom George
3rd: Today – Amanda Lee
 
Tweets
Winner: Betty Vandy 
2nd: Jacob Colquhoun
3rd: Kate Evans
4th: Natalie Denny
5th: Tom George
6th: Emma Carder
7th: Sharon Marshall 
8th: Peter Ryan
9th: Alison Down
10th: Liz Stokes
 
Read all the finalists work in our MHAM book! You can buy it online here or order your hard copy by emailing info@writingonthewall.org.uk 
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Flowers and Candles: George Garrett Play

Part of The Liverpool Irish Festival 
Date: Friday, 31st October 2014
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: The Bluecoat
Cost: £6/£4 
 

 
George Garrett (1896 - 1966), Merchant Seaman, Radical and Writer, was a founder of The Unity Theatre. Following on from the successful production of Garrett's first play, Two Tides in May 2014, Writing on the Wall are staging a rehearsed reading of his second play, Flowers and Candles. Written in 1925 while Garrett lived in New York under the pseudonym George Oswald James, Flowers and Candles follows the fortunes of the O'Prey family in a tense drama set in their New York tenement. There will be a post-show discussion with George Garrett Archive Project organisers Mike Morris and Tony Wailey, on the links between Garrett's work and that of his hero, American-Irish Pulitzer prize winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill.
 
Directed by Carl Cockram, The Swimming Man. The Quiet Little Englishman. Waiting for Brando.
Produced by Mike Morris, Producer and Co-writer, Waiting for Brando, Producer Two Tides.
 
To book, please contact Tickets and Information by calling 0151 702 5324 or email info@thebluecoat.org.uk

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Tel:  0151 703 0020
E-mail: info@writingonthewall.org.uk

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