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Make Doves Not War Celebration Event

We had an amazing day down at the Central Library. We heard some fantastic winning entries from our young writers and we got a special guest appearance from Peter Hooton who came and sang #AllTogetherNow with the group supporting The Peace Collective
 
Thank you to all the schools for getting involved with Make Doves Not War and all the kids who were writing and drawing. Congratulations to all the finalists and winning writers. A massive thanks to Peter, Jonathan Mayhew, Seán Street and Gary Millar for making today so special and of course our Coordinator, Chanel Scott Jeffers for organising it. We couldn't do it without all of you. 
 
 
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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Variety Show

A Christmas variety show in aid of the Stroke Association Merseyside life after stroke group. Comedy, music and drama sketches performed by stroke survivors and stroke association staff and volunteers. Come and join us for some Christmas fun and laughter!

Tickets: £5
Wednesday 10th December, 7.30pm 
Old Roan Baptist Church, L10 2JD
Refreshments available 
 
Tickets available from Kate or Jo on 0151 529 3828/3125.
 
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New Young Writers Workshop

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 info@writingonthewall.org.uk or 0151 703 0020 

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Black Family History in the First World War Poetry

As part of Black History Month in collaboration with Museum of Liverpool, we had a brilliant poetry workshop with poet Levi Tafari. Taking inspiration from the First World War, several participants read their poems. Here are some pieces if you missed the performance...

 
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,
in anger,
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.


By Reece


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.


By Jacqui

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MHAM Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of our Mental Health & Me Competition....
 
Letters
Winner AND OVERALL WINNER: Letters to myself – Gemma Rogers
2nd: Dear Bipolar and Alcoholism – Ness Hay
3rd: Dear People who work at the A&E – Clare Mawdsley
 
Short Story
Winner: Bombs – Joe Lavelle
2nd: Patchwork Quilt – Sam Kenny
3rd: Borderline to What? – Susanna Adlem
 
Journalism
Winner: My Dad, the Schizophrenic – Lewis Jennings
2nd: Disordered – Lowri Llewelyn
3rd: Lucky Dip – Cailen Kinney
 
Poetry
Winner: If I didn’t know better – Mark Curtis
2nd: You might not know this – Kate Evans
3rd: If I could send you – Liz Stokes
 
Blog/Diary
Winner: Excerpts from Mum’s Diary – Lorraine J Wood
2nd: Talk to the Guitar – Tom George
3rd: Today – Amanda Lee
 
Tweets
Winner: Betty Vandy 
2nd: Jacob Colquhoun
3rd: Kate Evans
4th: Natalie Denny
5th: Tom George
6th: Emma Carder
7th: Sharon Marshall 
8th: Peter Ryan
9th: Alison Down
10th: Liz Stokes
 
Read all the finalists work in our MHAM book! You can buy it online here or order your hard copy by emailing info@writingonthewall.org.uk 
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Flowers and Candles: George Garrett Play

Part of The Liverpool Irish Festival 
Date: Friday, 31st October 2014
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: The Bluecoat
Cost: £6/£4 
 

 
George Garrett (1896 - 1966), Merchant Seaman, Radical and Writer, was a founder of The Unity Theatre. Following on from the successful production of Garrett's first play, Two Tides in May 2014, Writing on the Wall are staging a rehearsed reading of his second play, Flowers and Candles. Written in 1925 while Garrett lived in New York under the pseudonym George Oswald James, Flowers and Candles follows the fortunes of the O'Prey family in a tense drama set in their New York tenement. There will be a post-show discussion with George Garrett Archive Project organisers Mike Morris and Tony Wailey, on the links between Garrett's work and that of his hero, American-Irish Pulitzer prize winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill.
 
Directed by Carl Cockram, The Swimming Man. The Quiet Little Englishman. Waiting for Brando.
Produced by Mike Morris, Producer and Co-writer, Waiting for Brando, Producer Two Tides.
 
To book, please contact Tickets and Information by calling 0151 702 5324 or email info@thebluecoat.org.uk
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Black Family History in the First World War












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.

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Merseyside Literature Partnership Presents...

Off The Page

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.

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Clybourne Park

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!
 
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New What's Your Story?

Are you currently unemployed? Do you have an interest in writing and a story to tell? Would you like to enhance your skills? If the answer is yes, then read on…
 
Writing on the Wall are thrilled to announce that we’re launching a new and exciting What’s Your Story? course beginning this September which will be specifically aimed towards unemployed people who want to improve their skills. The course will cover a range of written genres including short stories, novel writing, script writing, poetry and writing for children. Course participants will be taught and supported by some of the finest local writers in the area. All for free!
 
 
Interested but need some more inspiration? Just think, before J.K Rowling reached multi-billionaire status following the Harry Potter book series, in her own words she was ‘jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.’
Could you be the next J.K Rowling superstar? Then get in touch and let the world know your story.
 
To join, please contact us by email via info@writingonthewall.org.uk or call us on 0151 703 0020
 
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Mental Health & Me


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!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE COMPETITION 

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 info@writingonthewall.org.uk or ring
Writing on the Wall on 0151 703 0020.
Alternatively, you can email hello@liverpoolmentalhealth.org or ring
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. 

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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