Wednesday 10th December, 7.30pm
Old Roan Baptist Church, L10 2JD
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 email@example.com or 0151 703 0020
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,
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.
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.
Date: Friday, 31st October 2014
A collaboration between the Museum of Liverpool and Writing on the Wall for Black History Month.
Liverpool has one of the oldest Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Europe, in some cases reaching back ten generations, yet photographs of Black First World War soldiers in local archives are incredibly rare.
In 2013 the Museum of Liverpool launched a project aimed at encouraging local Black families to research their First World War family histories and uncover memories to help us fill this gap. As part of an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the war in summer 2014, we are acknowledging the great contribution of Black and Minority Ethnic Liverpool families to the war effort.
The resulting exhibition in the Museum, First World War - Reflecting on Liverpool's Home Front, tells the stories we have so far...
For Black History Month, Museum and Writing on the Wall are hosting a celebration of this project, inviting more families to explore their histories and to join internationally renowned poet Levi Tafari in forming a creative response to some of the stories we have heard.
Readings, workshops, games and displays for all the family, showcasing the variety offered by the Merseyside Literature Partnership.
Off the Page is coordinated by Merseyside Literature Partnership, a consortium of venues, organisations and university departments offering a wide range of activity in the region. From community projects to readings by established writers, the day provides a taste of the richness of literature currently available on Merseyside. Come along, join in and find out more about what’s happening - both on and off the page. All events are free at the Bluecoat, but booking is required for some events.
Aged 16-25? Interested in theatre and/or creative writing? We have an exciting opportunity for you to meet the director and cast of a new play, Clybourne Park, and free tickets to see a performance at the Unity Theatre!
Literature’s love affair with the mind is an age-old tradition where creativity has always been closely entwined with mental distress, yet the subject of mental health is still widely considered a taboo subject. We hope that this competition will challenge the stigma around mental distress and promote social inclusion by giving entrants the opportunity to explore this topic using traditional and/or alternative forms of writing.
Has mental distress affected you or someone close to you? Are you particularly interested in the subject of mental health? Are you a carer or have you worked with people suffering from mental distress and want to share your experience? If the answer’s yes, we’d love to hear from you!
Liverpool’s Mental Health Consortium in partnership with Writing on the Wall, is launching a writing competition to mark World Mental Health Day on Friday, 10th October 2014. We are inviting you to send us an original written response under the theme of ‘Mental Health and Me.’ You can send us a poem, a short story, a diary piece or a blog post, a letter, a piece of journalism or even a tweet, yes – a tweet!
Literature is no one’s private ground; literature is common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our own way for ourselves– Virginia Woolf
One in four people, like me, have a mental health problem. Many more people have a problem with that. - Stephen Fry
For further information or if you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring
Writing on the Wall on 0151 703 0020.
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Liverpool Mental Health Consortium on 0151 237 2688
Writing on the Wall maintains a strong partnership with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium. We have worked together to deliver a What’s Your Story? project with LMHC targeted towards service users which was led by poet and writer, Clare Shaw. Click here for more details.