The City Within Sound Project Launch

The City Within Sound
Project Launch
In partnership with the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium 
Venue: Studio 2, Parr Street, L1 4JN
 Date: 3rd October 
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm 

During Liverpool's Mental Health Festival, we will be launching an exciting 10-week course in sound design with composer Patrick Dineen. Participants will work with Patrick to create an imaginary world with sound, using modern digital technology techniques. The project will explore sampling, field recording and studio production. All participants will have the opportunity to create a ‘district’ of their own in our imaginary city of sound. The project will also consider the definition of self and psychological wellbeing in relation to the psychologically repressive and ‘unhealthy’ world in which we live. ‘Being heard’ will be a key theme.
Get involved and see how much you can say with sound!
The final creation will be a sound installation piece which will have a public ‘unveiling’ on Mon 16th January 2017, otherwise known as ‘Blue Monday’ - the so-called ‘most miserable day of the year’. It will also be available on SoundCloud.
Places are limited to 12 so please register early and remember you must be committed to attending the full 10-week course!
Contact details: Writing on the Wall; 0151 703 0020 /
Registration link:

Mental Health and Me Awards

On 10th October we celebrated World Mental Health Day with the Mental Health and Me Awards and it was a fantastic event.

Congratulations to everyone who was featured in the book and won prizes! A special congratulations to our overall winner, Marian Carey from the Places category.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered Mental Health and Me. For everyone who entered, we have a completion certificate available for you to collect from our office at Writing on the Wall, The Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Toxteth, L8 1TH.

If you are a winner and were unable to attend you can come and collect your certificate and a free copy of the book. If anyone would like to purchase a copy or additional copies of the book you can from our office.

The Results

Faces Category
1st Place - Elena Fernandez-Moreno 'Exam Preparation'
2nd Place - Lorraine Wood 'Mum's Faces'
3rd Place - Janice Gaule 'Faces of Ward 2Y'

Runners Up 
Caroline Willcocks 'The Face of OCD',
Fatoumata Diane 'I am'
Eleanor Taylor 'My Father's Face'
Yosef Gerezigher 'I am unlucky to live without you my love'

Places Category
1st Place - Marian Carey 'The Thousand Natural Shocks'
2nd Place - Lowri Llewelyn 'Girl, Interrupted'
3rd Place - Terry Carney 'Trials and Tribulations of an Ex-Forces Mind'

Runners Up
Ged Smith 'Generations at the Cinema'
Gavin Knox 'For the Well-being of the economy'
Amanda Burton - 'For Simon's Sake'

Spaces Category
1st Place - Joe Lavelle 'Bleach'
2nd Place - Nathan Evans 'Controlling the Weather'
3rd Place - Ali Harwood 'Batten down the hatches'

Runners Up
Brian Wharton 'Full Up'
Josephine Wood 'The Storage Space'
Ann Evans 'Relative Space'
David Horn 'A Day Without Light'

Photo credit: Jazamin Sinclair


Gary Younge - Another Day in the Death of America

We are delighted to welcome Guardian journalist and author Gary Younge as he reads from and discusses Another Day in the Death of America. Described by  Naomi Klein as "Younge's masterwork" it is a powerful, moving and important book on the effect of gun crime on children in the US.

On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily.

Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America. This is a book which will lead the news agenda on publication and leave the reader knocked sideways by its emotional power.

Gary Younge will be in conversation with WoW's very own Madeline Heneghan,  Co-director of Writing on the Wall. 

Further details: 0151 709 9820

Book tickets



The Play’s The Thing

The Play’s The Thing: A free Ten-week play writing course led by playwright and Grin Theatre’s Artistic Director Kiefer Wesley Williams.

Writing on the Wall in Partnership with Grin Theatre Company, with support from Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, are launching a ten-week play writing course which will take participants through the process of creating a play from initial conception to realisation.

Sessions will take place at the Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH.

Writers will each work towards producing by the end of the course a thirty-minute script; the best of which will be performed in full by Grin Theatre Company.

At the end of the course all writers will be able to take part in a showcase of their work in front of an audience.
The sessions will be presented and led by Kiefer Wesley Williams - Artistic Director at Grin Theatre Company. Kiefer (whose pen name is Wes Williams) has written several plays for the stage and also written two collections of short stories. He is a drama practitioner and leads on monthly acting workshop. He also runs writer’s workshops in the city and is currently developing a new LGBTQ writing group.

Application Deadline: Midnight Monday 5th September.
Successful applicants notified by midnight 7th September.
Course begins at 6pm Wednesday 14th September, The Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH.

Applications for the course must be sent by email to Kiefer Williams: by midnight on Sunday 4th September (No applications will be considered after this time). 
Please include the following in your email subject header, so we know it is an application:
The Play’s The Thing Application
You must include the following in the body of your email (No attachments please):
Full Name (not your pen name):
Contact telephone number:
Experience i.e. have you written or had plays performed in any way at all (experienced playwrights will not necessarily be ineligible, but we do want to ensure a fair balance of participants as the course is designed primarily for beginners).
Why do you want to take part in the course? (Fifty words maximum):
There are a maximum of twelve places available. Successful applicants will be notified by Midnight on Wednesday 7th September.
By applying for place on the course you are committing yourself to taking part in all the formal sessions, agreeing to take part in the final showcase, and that Grin theatre will be able to perform, if selected, your thirty-minute play. You are also committing to do the work necessary outside of the formal sessions to be able to complete the work required for the course.
If you are unsuccessful you will be eligible to apply for future courses.

Mental Health and Me - Faces, Spaces and Places

Mental Health & Me Writing Competition


Founding member of The Coral



Writing on the Wall and the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium are proud to announce that the Coral's Bill Ryder-Jones will appear at the Mental Health and Me Celebration event to announce the overall winner of the competition, present the prizes and talk to us about his own personal struggles with his mental health.
Bill believes that being upfront about his mental health has been a positive thing and that there’s a catharsis in creativity. Bill has talked and written about his depression and agoraphobia frankly and has come to the realisation, as he sings in ‘Two To Birkenhead’, that “you only hate the things you think you are.”

To celebrate Bill Ryder-Jones appearance at the Mental Health and Me Celebration, we are extending the deadline of the competition to the 7th September. This is your opportunity to become a published writer and have your voice heard. Remember there are three categories to enter - 'Faces', 'Places' and 'Spaces.' Why not write a letter to a loved one who has been your rock? Or send us a blog entry on your favourite place and why it makes you happy to go there? Or you could send us a poem on your a space that makes you stressed. It's entirely up to you!


What's Your Pride Story?

Studio 2, 33-45 Parr Street, L1 4JN
7pm. Free Entry

Writing on the Wall’s unique project, What’s Your Pride Story? is a creative writing initiative, in partnership with Liverpool Pride, which aims to uncover new stories from unheard voices within the LGBT community. Come down to Studio 2 and hear the writers fantastic work and buy a copy of their published work! 

Writing on the Wall at IFB Festival

Writing on the Wall’s Blue Skies Sessions at the
International Festival of Business 2016

Self-Published Author Adam Croft - recently hit the big time, selling 150,000 copies ‘Her Last Tomorrow’, he paid off his mortgage in just twenty weeks and has now won a book deal with Amazon.  Adam lead’s WoW’s high profile line-up of writers and commentators for it’s series of writing events as part of the Liverpool’s International Business Festival Blue Skies sessions. Other guests include award winning author Ros Barber - Devotion (2015), The Marlowe papers (2012), Nick Davies from Bafta winning gaming Liverpool company, Lucid, Professor Tony Webster – Professor of History at Northumbria University, Lynne Collins, Regional North West TUC secretary and international best selling writer, Tony Schumacher – The British Lion, The Darkest Hour (Harper Collins).  
In a series of specially commissioned free Blue Skies sessions, Writing on the Wall brings together best-selling authors, publishers, computer game producers, trade unionists, scientists and activists to look at the future business of writing, exploring the challenges of making a living, alternative models for cooperation and how future technology and story-telling can work together.
Friday 17th June
10am - 11am Writing by Digits: Self Publish or Wait for a Big Deal? 
11.30am - 12.30pm The Writing Game: Stories for the Gaming Industry 
12.45pm - 1.45pm The Cooperative Movement: Beyond Repair? 
2pm - 3pm Living in 'The Gig Economy'
Tuesday 21st June
All Day The Time Machine 
11.30am - 12.30pm Space: Words Apart -
When fact is much stranger than fiction
3.30pm - 4.30pm From Sci-fi to Real life - True Fiction

WoWFest 2016!

FULL LINE UP ANNOUNCED... 1st May – 28th May 2016
Dave Gibbons. Isy Suttie. Jerry Dammers. Hollie McNish.
Juno Dawson. Linton Kwesi Johnson. Maram Al-Masri.

Alexei Sayle. Levi Tafari. Francesca Martinez.
Stephen Baxter. Ramsey Campbell.

Pat Cadigan. Kevin Barry. Lord Puttnam. Phil Redmond. 

WoWFest 2016 is all about exploring the future past and present (well, it’s all relative isn’t it, Einstein?) through sci-fi, super heroes, graphic novels, comics and…a Time Machine! What can sci-fi teach us about climate change or our climate of fear, are graphic novels a real literary art-form, and just how long will it take us to get to The Ninth Planet? We’ll be featuring the best of SF classics, voyaging into the wonderful world of Afrofuturism, Girl’s Comics, technologies for creating and living, and, with our regular eclectic travelling companions of star struck festival guests, WoW is tilting to the future with a whole star ship full of new and up and coming writers. Countdown begins now…Lift Off scheduled for May 2016.

Writing Competitions


WoW’s acclaimed Pulp Idol novel writing competition returns for its 10th anniversary. Are you an aspiring novelist wanting the chance to have your work published?  Then this competition is for you. Focussing on new and unheard voices, with huge success from previous finalists, this is an opportunity for new writers to have their novel's showcased to the public, including the possibility of exposure to new audiences and communication with publishers and agents. Past publishing successes include James Rice (Alice and the Fly), Deborah Morgan (Disappearing Home) & Clare Coombes (Definitions).

To celebrate 10 years we are again having a national entry and opening up for the first time to an International online entry! You will have a chance to enter online in our national and international categories via our YouTube channel. Pulp Idol winner will have their work read by an agent/publisher. All finalists will have their first chapter published in our book of ‘Firsts, available as an eBook available on all major online outlets.   A copy will be sent out to agents and publishers across the country. The guest judge for this year’s competition is author Tony Schumacher (The Darkest Hour, The British Lion).   

TO ENTER PULP IDOL 2016: CLICK HERE For details on competition rules please download them here
For YouTube entries (National or International) click here -  For more details on competition rules for National and International entries please download them here

Deadline For Entry: Midnight Sunday 10 April 2016
Heats: Week commencing 23 April 2016
Final: Friday 27 May 2016, 7.00pm. Venue TBC

In time for WoW’s sci-fi themed 2016 Festival, astronomers have discovered a mysterious new world on the outer edges of our solar system. Ten times bigger than Earth, it’s been called The Ninth Planet, which funnily enough, is the Theme for our 2016 Flash Fiction Competition...

Deadline Midnight Sunday 24th April. 3000 characters (Roughly 500 words), all work will be published online. 
Winners will be announced by Dirk Maggs at his event on Tuesday 5th May at Liverpool Central Library.

New Writing Workshops!

11am - 1pm at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre

As part of the BBC's 'Get Creative Day' we're offering you the chance to join author John Donoghue (Death's Head Chess Club) for a creative session designed to help you develop your writing, your novel, and get you and your first chapter in tip-top shape for our Pulp Idol Novel Writing Competition. Email to book your place.

7pm at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre 

WoW are providing a free workshop to help you sharpen your skills for writing Flash Fiction with tutor, Coin Watts. For more information and to book a place, please email


Writing the World - A one-day sci-fi workshop with Emma Segar
Saturday 23rd April 2016 (10am - 4pm) at University of Liverpol, 126 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L69 3GR
Do you love Science Fiction? Have you ever thought about visiting alien worlds? How about creating one? Liverpool University's Continuing Education CE Saturdays and WOWFEST 2016 present Writing the World, a day of collaborative workshops and writing exercises in which we will create an entire planet, from the geology and landscape to the cultures and customs of its people. During the session, there will be opportunities to build characters and scenarios, and to plan stories, poetry and artwork set on the planet we create. Drafts and completed work can be shared at informal follow-up sessions throughout the festival, and showcased on the project website. 
Tickets £15 (Includes Lunch) BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Liverpool Young Writers 2015 Tracks

Word-Up is a creative writing and Spoken Word group for young performers and poets around the North-West. Over the past 12 months the young writers have created and performed spokenword poetry with guidance from renowned artist and performer Nikki Blaze. Nikki has worked with the Liverpool 8 based group and enhanced the participants confidence, abilities and performance skills. We're delighted to announce that their work is now available to listen to on soundclound. 

Listen to WoW's Liverpool Young Writers tracks here


If you're interested in getting involved with Word Up next year, you can contact us via email on or alternatively, call 0151 703 0020 for more details. Spread the word!

Contact WoW

Address:  The Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH
Map: Click Here for our location page

Tel:  0151 703 0020

Our Sponsors