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Lives and Legacies 1919 - Volunteers Wanted

Following on from the success of The Great War to Race Riots Project, Writing on the Wall is teaming up with The University of Liverpool on an exciting new project – Lives and Legacies 1919, to continue exploring the impact of the 1919 race riots and the lives of those who were affected by the violence and the social and economic climate of the period.

We are looking for a team of volunteers to take part in the project to explore; Marriage and Partnership in Liverpool, Legacies of 1919 on Merseyside, and Official Responses. Lives and Legacies will culminate in a public event to share what we have discovered.

The project will run for 10 months and you can decide on the elements of the project which interest you most. We will also provide training in any skills which you may require, including archiving, conducting interviews or any other aspects of the projects.

The project begins with and introductory session on 28th February. If you interested in getting involved please contact Madeline by email; madeline@writingonthewall.org or call 0151 703 0020.

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Finding Some Way Through (A City of the Mind)



Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and Writing on the Wall celebrated the launch of the soundscape: Finding Some Way Through (A City of the Mind), created by project participants, led by composer and musical director Patrick Dineen. 

On Monday 16th January at The Rotunda Cafe, we had an excellent turn out, full of enthusiasm and thought-provoking listeners willing to add their own 'inner city' thoughts to the city the participants had already created.




We recognise that mental health is an issue that never goes away, although we aired this piece on Blue Monday we would like to play the piece wherever necessary. If you feel like you know a place that would like to help raise mental health awareness by playing this piece, please send us an email at info@writingonthewall.org.uk
  

If you missed out on hearing the piece, it is now available to listen to on the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium's Soundcloud.

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Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 Available Now!


A brilliant celebration and launch event of our Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 book - an anthology of first chapters from the new novelists who won our Pulp idol Competition, took place on Thursday 8th December.  The book is available through Writing on the Wall and online by clicking here.

 
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WoW have recruited two new staff members!


Writing on the Wall have recruited a new Project Manager and an Administrator and Social media Editor. The standard of the many applicants for the posts was very high, and we're grateful to all those who applied. Both of our new staff members start in the next few weeks and we look forward to welcoming them to our team and introducing them to you.
 

 
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Write To Work - Apply Now For Future Courses

Do you enjoy writing and want to find ways to make that into a career? Have you ever wanted to learn new skills for marketing and writing for publicity? Love video games and want to find routes into writing for gaming? 

Write to Work is an exciting new one day a week, twelve-week course, designed to help you gain employment or access to training through the development of your writing skills.
 
Working alongside published writers and industry professionals Writing on the Wall are offering dynamic weekly sessions, over 12-weeks, designed to develop skills to help you find employment, training or further education within the writing sector and beyond.

With an emphasis on creative writing, social media, writing for gaming, blogging, copywriting and marketing, this course aims to improve key writing skills and confidence. At the end of the twelve-week course, each learner will have the opportunity to publish some of their writing.

16 years old and over? 
Unemployed?
Eligible to work in the UK?
Would like to develop you writing skills?
Do you want to increase your employment opportunities? 

If you can answer yes to all these questions, Write to Work could be for you.

The first course has now started, but we are accepting applicants for the next course beginning later this year.

You can Download An Application Form By Clicking Here.

To find out more information or book your place email or call;
0151 703 0020 emma@writingonthewall.org.uk


 
 
 
 
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Book Launch: Zoe Howe - Shine On, Marquee Moon

Congratulations to music writer Zoe Howe, and thanks to new Cooperative Cafe Naked Lunch on Smithdown Road, for an excellent launch event for Zoe's debut novel, Shine On, Marquee Moon, a rock ‘n’ roll love story that celebrates the extremes of life in the music business and challenges the myth of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll with plenty of wry humour, strong characters and sharp dialogue along the way. Never mind chick lit; this is rock-chick lit.
 
Zoe, in conversation with Writing on the Wall Co-Director, Mike Morris, discussed her novel and answered questions from the audience - well fueled by refreshments from Naked Lunch and Head Chef Jay's amazing freshly-baked scones. 
 
You can order copies of Shine on Marquee Moon by Clicking Here or, if you're in Liverpool call in to Naked Lunch at 431 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool L15 3JL

Zoë Howe is an acclaimed British music writer whose books include Lee Brilleaux: Rock ’n’ Roll Gentleman (Polygon, 2015), Barbed Wire Kisses — The Jesus and Mary Chain Story (Polygon, 2015), Wilko Johnson — Looking Back At Me (Cadiz Music Ltd., 2012), Stevie Nicks — Visions, Dreams and Rumours (Omnibus Press, 2014) and Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits (Omnibus Press, 2011). She also plays the drums.For more information on Zoe Howe and her other books, go to www.zoehowe.com
 
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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 /info@writingonthewall.org.uk
 
Registration link: www.writingonthewall.org.uk
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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

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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

 

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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: kiefer.grintheatre@gmail.com 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):
Age:
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.
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Mental Health and Me - Faces, Spaces and Places

Mental Health & Me Writing Competition
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT

BILL RYDER-JONES

Founding member of The Coral
TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ME

DEADLINE: 7th SEPTEMBER!

ENTER HERE.

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!

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
E-mail: info@writingonthewall.org.uk

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