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Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 Launch Party


Winner Helen Dring with runners up Christine Johnson and Matt Cook and Judges Laura Williams for PFD Literary Agents, Nathan Connolly of Dead Ink Publishers and Novelist Tony Schumacher

Pulp Idol Firsts 2017 Launch
7pm, Thursday 8th December
Siren Café
54 St James St, Liverpool L1 0AB.

 

Pulp Idol Firsts - 201, Featuring the first chapters of this year's Pulp Idol winner, runners and finalists will be launched in time for the festive season. There will be readings, music and drinks to celebrate the amazing writing of the 2016 finalists. Free entry, all welcome
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WoW are Recruiting!

Writing on the Wall are looking for two new dynamic, creative people to join our team and work with us to continue delivering our unique, cutting edge annual festival and our exciting, innovative projects with diverse communities across Merseyside.
 
We are recruiting a Project Manager and an Admin & Social Media Editor.
 
You will be a passionate advocate for diversity, community & creativity.
 
We will be delighted to have you on board.
 
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Great War To Race Riots Archive Goes Public!

The Great War to Race Riots Archive was officially deposited at Liverpool's Records Office and Central Library last night, Thursday 10th November, at a fabulous, well-attended celebration event. Congratulations to our Co-Director Madeline Heneghan, Community Activist Joe Farrag, all our staff and Volunteers and the staff of Central Library Liverpool and Liverpool records Office, particularly Senior Archivist Helena Smart and Library Manager David Stoker, for all the hard work, dedication and creativity that has gone into researching, collating and preparing the archive so it can be preserved and used by the public and future generations. This archive relates to the position of black ex-servicemen, seamen and factory workers stranded or left destitute in Liverpool after the First World War. Click here to find out more about the archive.


 
 
 
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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!

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What's Your Pride Story?

TUESDAY 26th JULY
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! 
 
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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
 

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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