Make Doves Not War!

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Writing on the Wall are launching a new writing competition for children and young people! 
Join us for our Festival launch as we release doves into the sky as we say yes to peace!

In this centenary year for the 1914 First World War, to commemorate those who died in their struggle for peace, Writing on the Wall is starting a creative campaign based around the slogan ‘Make Doves Not War’.

The project is designed to raise knowledge and understanding of the cause and consequences of the First World War, commemorate those on all sides who died during the conflict, and promote the cause of peace and understanding of other races and cultures, and celebrate diversity among young and old.

WoW Fest 2014: 'ShellShock'


Full festival line up announced! 36 events in Liverpool throughout the whole of May! 
Writing on the Wall bring some of our best writers, artists and commentators – Irvine WelshOwen JonesLiz CarrSeumas MilneHelen WalshPhill JupitusLuke HardingMarai LarasiLevi Tafari and Niall Griffiths – to explore old soldiers and campaigners, modern day conflicts, war abroad and, thirty years on from The Miners Strike, The Enemy Within.

Join Writing on the Wall for a month of Flash Fiction, writing competitions, poetry, new work from local writers, readings and rants on international issues and local art and culture. 

Words over bullets, bombast instead of bombs, debating the death of the brave and their legacy – how we went from a Land fit for Heroes to living on Benefits Street. Writing on the Wall presents ShellShock, a festival to celebrate and commemorate, exploring the centenary of the First World War; those who served, and those, like George Garrett, who wrote.





Phill Jupitus aka Porky the Poet and Tim Wells: Proletariat Poetry From Two Stout Lads



Never Mind the Buzzcocks star Phill Jupitus aka, Porky the Poet will be joining Tim Wells, ‘hard-giggling’ poet of ‘wit and brilliance’ (The Guardian) for a comedy filled poetry evening. Expect wild anarchy and utter hilarity. 
Preshow discounts on meals for ticket holders.
When? Saturday 10th May 
Where? The BalticSocial 
What time? 7:30pm 
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Liz Carr

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Writing on the Wall are delighted to announce one of our headline acts for our 2014 Festival  - British actor (Silent Witness), stand-up comedian, broadcaster and international disability rights activist – Liz Carr. Liz’s brand of comedy can be unexpected and shocking - she ‘tells it like it is.’ Breaking down stereotypes with sharp observations and comedy that will crack you up; this is one you will not want to miss. Liz will be joined on stage by a host of local funny girls. Tickets on sale now!


Pulp Idol 2014

Writing on the Wall's Pulp Idol Competition 2014 is now open for applicants!
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Pulp Idol is a unique writing competition for novelists. With great success from previous finalists, it’s an inspiring opportunity for writers. Pulp Idol focuses on supporting new original voices and getting them heard. We strive to 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 this year’s Pulp Idol. Prizes include: Getting your work read by an agent/publisher, and publication in a collection of first chapters by Writing on the Wall. The winner will have the chance to meet personally with a publisher/agent.

Apply here or find out about the competition rules here

Owen Jones: A Rebel Rant

Owen Jones
A Rebel Rant
Thursday 15th May 
At the Black-E
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Owen Jones is back standing up and speaking out on issues that have been swept under the carpet for too long. He wants YOU to join him. Are you up for it? Owen Jones has been at the centre of the big benefits row this year – bedroom tax, austerity and welfare cuts. We know what we’re fighting for but just who are we against?


A Rebel Rant with journalist and author, Owen Jones (Chavs – The Demonisation of the Working Class). Owen Jones, an inspirational speaker, is a columnist for The Guardian and appears regularly on TV discussing politics and social issues. Owen will be ranting about the ongoing fight against those in power with a chance for the audience to get their opinions heard.




We are delighted to announce that we have the author of one of the most iconic novels of the 20th Century, Trainspotting, at our festival this May. 
Irvine Welsh is coming to Liverpool as part of his latest book launch tour of 'The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'. The night will be hosted by novelist, Kevin Sampson with a DJ set from lead singer of The Farm, Peter Hooton.
IRVINE WELSH was born in Edinburgh, and first came to public attention with his debut novel Trainspotting (1993), which was quickly adapted for stage and screen, with great success. His other novels include Filth (1998), Glue (2001), and, most recently, Skagboys (2012), and he has written many short stories and screenplays.


Luke Harding

Luke Harding, will read from his book, ‘The Snowden Files’, the incredible story of the intelligence breach of the biggest spying programme ever designed. Luke will be in conversation with award-winning journalist and writer, Brian Reade

Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief. The Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War. His recent article in the Guardian, Writing The Snowden Files: 'The paragraph began to self-delete' has had a huge response. 
13th May at L1 Waterstones 
Tickets: £3 (£2 for Loyalty Card Holders) available in store.
Start Time: 7pm.

Chanel joins the WoW Team.

Writing on the Wall would like to officially welcome Chanel Scott-Jeffers to the WoW team as our Festival Assistant. After two months of work experience Chanel has been helping organise the WoW Festival running up to May. We're lucky to have an extra pair of hands in the office at such a hectic time. 
Chanel is from Belfast and recently graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in English Literature and Language. We'd like to thank the Creative Employment programme and the DWP for helping to make this employment possible.

Pulp Idol – Firsts, 2014: 1st Chapters from New Writers

Since 2010 Writing on the Wall has been publishing the first chapters of the finalists in its annual Pulp Idol competition.  All finalists get their first chapter published in a book of ‘Firsts’. Pulp Idol – Firsts is produced in hard copy and also made available in Kindle. It is circulated to agents and publishers, who have already shown interest in a number of our writers.
Pulp Idol - Firsts 2014 is the fourth collection of first chapters. Firsts 2014 is full of new and up and coming novelists who were finalists in the Pulp Idol writing competition organised by the Liverpool-based Writing on the Wall Festival. The competition takes place each year during the festival (usually held in May) and features writers taking part in a series of heats and a final, reading from their work and answering questions from the judges, who are all published writers themselves. The purpose of the competition, and the 'Firsts' publication, is to support new writers and bring their work to the attention of publishers and agents. The judges for the Pulp Idol 2012 final said of this year's collections of 'Firsts': 

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