Superheroes Of Slam 2015

We are on the quest for the Ultimate Slam Poet
in partnership with


7th October at Leaf Tea Shop. 7pm, £4/£3

Judged by audience response & guest judges
Open to all poets, MCs & rappers performing acapella, bring your entourage!

Writing on the Wall are proud to announce the special guest judges for the Liverpool Heat of Superheroes of Slam...
Jennifer John - Artistic Director of Sense of Sound, Singer in Killerfernandez, Vocal coach and Songwriter.
Yaw Owusu - Curator of LIMF Festival, Artist Manager at The Playmaker Group and Creative Director at Nothin But The Music.
To enter please email
The grand final champion will receive £250 and an Arvon week of their choice in 2016 (subject to availability). Find out more here

Professor Green announces Mental Health and Me Winner!

VENUE: Liverpool Central Library, The Discovery Room
TIME: 6pm – 8pm

Professor Green to Appear in Liverpool on World Mental Health Day!

Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Stephen Manderson Aka Professor Green will be announcing the overall winner of Mental Health and Me on 8th October 2015 as part of the World Mental Health celebrations running through the week. Professor Green is a proud patron of male prevention suicide charity, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). With the death of his father in 2010 as well as his own personal battles with depression and anxiety, preventing male suicide and encouraging young men to open up about their mental health issues is a cause close to his heart. Professor Green has talked about his own demons and his father’s suicide in several of his songs including Lullaby, Goodnight and Read All About It.

“I’m delighted to have Professor Green’s support for this year’s Mental Health and Me competition. He’s someone who’s been through some very difficult personal experiences and written about them honestly and movingly and I know he’ll connect with what our competition entrants have written about and experienced. Likewise, they’ll be encouraged by his support for their creativity and his willingness to stand up and address mental health issues head-on. Like Professor Green, the Mental Health and Me writers and spoken word performers are doing powerful things to challenge stigma around mental distress and to get people talking about how they feel. Not only is that a positive thing for the individual writers and performers but it’s a positive thing for all of us! Thanks to Professor Green and thanks to all our competition entrants – you’re all inspirational!” Claire Stevens, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium  

The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland’s Troubles

The Writing on the Wall is a stunning chronological history of Northern Ireland as told through its wall murals, the iconic images depicting the Troubles, conflicts and struggles of its people across religious and political divides. Beginning with representations of the Irish legend Cúchullain, claimed by both Republicans and Loyalists as a founding father of their respective causes, Stuart Borthwick’s work explores landmark events that have shaped Ireland’s history; the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, before focusing on ‘the Troubles’ of more recent memory through chapters dedicated to the formation of Loyalist and Republican paramilitary groups in the late 1960s, the prison protests and hunger strikes of the 1970s and 80s, and the long war of the 1980s and 1990s between the IRA, the British state and armed loyalists.
With 200 of Stuart’s original photographs accompanied by an extensive 30,000 word text, The Writing on the Wall is a valuable addition to our understanding of the Northern Ireland of today. The book launch will explore the Troubles, the politics of modern Ireland, Stuart's photographs and how the book came to fruition. Evening hosted by Phil Scraton
Wednesday 21st October at the Bluecoat, Free. All welcome. 
Hosted by Writing on the Wall as part of Liverpool Irish Festival

Off The Page 2015

It's back for the second year - Readings, workshops, games and displays for all the family, showcasing the variety offered by the Merseyside Literature Partnership

Off the Page is coordinated by 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, but booking is required for some events. 
3rd October at The Atkinson
Free, events throughout the day

Look through this years MLP's Off The Page 2015 brochure here... 

Writing on the Wall will be hosting two workshops during the day -

Marvel Comic Workshop, Studio, 1pm-2pm
Join the notorious Tim Quinn for an exclusive, hands-on workshop to make your own comic book creation! Tim Quinn: scriptwriter, illustrator and editor for the Beano, The Dandy and Dr Who Magazine, before heading State-side to work for Marvel Comics on the world famous Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk
Free, Booking Advised

What's Your Story? Taster Workshop The Art Box, 2.30pm–4.30pm
Everyone has a story to tell, all you need are the right words. Join WoW for an exciting and exclusive one-off creative writing What’s Your Story? workshop. Professional poet and creative writing teacher, Sarah Maclennan will be sharing his expertise and guiding aspiring writers through the creative process through a range of different writing genres. 
Free, Booking Advised

Mental Health & Me 2015

Due to popular demand we have extended our Mental Health and Me competition deadline until Friday 18th September. So there's still time to get your entries in, with 7 categories - there's no excuse! 

Liverpool’s Mental Health Consortium & Writing on the Wall are delighted to announce that the ‘Mental Health & Me’ writing competition is back for its second year! As part of Liverpool’s World Mental Health Week celebrations on Thursday 8th October 2015, we are inviting you to send us an original response to the expression ‘Mental Health & Me.’ Last year’s competition was one of the highlights of the World Mental Health Day programme & attracted a wide selection of creative work across 6 categories – poetry, short stories, diary pieces or blog posts, letters, a piece of journalism, or even a tweet. This year, we’re adding a brand new category - Spoken Word - which we hope will appeal to the creative flair of even more people.

We would encourage entries from anyone with an interest in Mental Health & Wellbeing. If mental distress has affected you or someone close to you, if you have experience as a carer or a professional, or if you have a particular interest in the subject of mental health for any reason, we want to hear from you. Critical voices are also welcome!

This year’s competition is open to anyone living within Merseyside (Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens) and to all age groups.
Find out more information on how to enter CLICK HERE.

What’s Your Granby Story? Book Launch

5th September 2015 at Granby Street Summer Market
Free, No booking required

Granby Four Street Community Land Trust
& Writing on the Wall are proud to present What’s Your Granby Story? 
This collection of stories, memoirs, poems and conversations is the first publication to focus exclusively on the Granby area. These new and original pieces were created over a two month period as part of a creative writing and storytelling project. The ultimate intention of What’s Your Granby Story? is to demonstrate the exceptionality of Granby, its rich and important heritage and why, through its highs and lows, it has always been regarded as the heart of Liverpool 8. We feel that this very special book has really achieved that aim and that the outstanding quality of the work reflects the creativity of this community. 
Curtis Watt, poet and workshop leader has said of the book,  
‘These memories of Granby Street chronicle the passion and importance of Liverpool's diverse cultural heritage. From stories of poverty, hardship, displacement and isolation, to those of entrepreneurialism, settlement and community, the overall tone is not one of complaint but of tenacity and aspiration. This collection of stories and poems takes you through an emotional theme park. This is an insightful, funny and magical, recalling of what people can achieve through integration. It was a pleasure to be involved in the creation of this book. I'd like to personally thank all who so generously shared their feelings and memories.’

From Great War to Race Riots

Writing on the Wall have been presented with a number of significant, original documents covering the period 1919 to 1921, by community member and activist Joe Farrag. 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. 

We are currently recruiting people who may be interested in getting involved in this project. Are you interested to find out more about your heritage? Do you have a passion for history and local history? In recognition of the immense historical importance of this archive, both locally and nationally, Writing on the Wall have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to run a seventeen month creative heritage project.  Local Writer Emy Onuora, Historian Mike Boyle, Poet Levi Tafari and WoW’s Co-Director, Madeline Heneghan will work with community members to explore, preserve and catalogue the archive and to respond creatively to this incredible resource. Participants will gain valuable skills in archiving, historical research, web-related skills including scanning, cataloguing and digitisation of the archive on a dedicated website and will have a chance to explore the archive creatively. 

You can find out more information about this project via our 
website. If you would like to book a place on this project or find out more information, please contact Madeline Heneghan on 0151 703 0020 or email

A section of the archive is available to view in Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L9 1XF. 


What's Your Story? Manchester Young Carers

We had a brilliant event down at Contact Theatre in Manchester on Friday evening. Great readings and performances from all the young carers. Huge thank you to Zoe Lambert and Family Action. A real treat to see Michelle Green and Mike Garry perform on the evening too!
The What's Your Story? book is now available on Kindle, and hard copies can be purchased from Writing on the Wall:


Pulp Idol 2015

Congratulations to all 12 of our Pulp Idol finalists for taking part in our competition this year. Brilliant work and readings from all. 
1st place:  Jamie Carragher with The Gig
Runners up: Emma Morgan with This Way Home
and Jack Roe with Strange Town

We will now be working with editors to get all 12 pieces into the Pulp Idol ’16 Book of Firsts which will be launched later this year. 

Thank you to our judges James Rice, Laura Longrigg and Hellie Ogden
If you’d like to find out more about Pulp Idol and how you can get involved next year please click here

Flash Fiction 2015 Winners

Congratulations to our TWO Flash Fiction Competition Winners: 

JOE LAVELLE with Balloons &
ANDREA DAVIES with Liverpool Cafe Noir 

Chosen by Kevin Sampson and awarded by Walter Mosley...

Kevin Sampson: 
' As always with Writing On The Wall's competitions, an exceptional standard of finalists. Every single entry embraced its own world and delivered a climactic punch. 
Two pieces stood out for me, each masters of the craft. Within the confines and restrictions of micro-storytelling, these two authors imposed their voice, created living, breathing, swearing, memorable characters, bent language to their will and wove compelling narratives; proper stories.
One is a knowing pastiche of classic gumshoe pulp, the other is a pared-down slice of street life. I can't separate them so, if it's okay with WOW, would like to award an equal first to Balloons and Mersey (Cafe) Noir. Thanks for letting me read them.' 

Walter Mosley

Get your tickets here


Walter Mosley heads to the city from New York for a rare UK appearance. Hosted by Writing on the Wall, the event will explore a shared literary heritage and transatlantic experiences of race, class and equality.Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major best selling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins and Devil in a Blue Dress. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Madeline Heneghan Co- Director, Writing on the Wall says:
‘It’s a real coup to have such an iconic American writer as Walter Mosley in the city. This is an exceptional treat for fans of crime fiction and an absolute must for those interested in contemporary US politics and culture’. 

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

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