Black Poppies Art and Crafts Workshop

5th December at Kuumba Imani, 10am-4pm
You are invited to take part in this exciting free workshop with artist, Faith Bebbington to make Black Poppies for our exhibition to be displayed at Liverpool Central Library. This is part of Writing on the Wall's From Great War to Race Riots Archive Project which explores a fascinating archive of letters and documents highlighting the plight of black soldiers, seafarers, and workers in Liverpool following demobilisation in 1919.
All Welcome. If you would like to book a place for this workshop,
please sign up using our online form
If you have any queries, please email

Black Poppies

Creative Writing Workshops
with Levi Tafari

Commemorating the
Black Contribution to WWI

Every Saturday throughout November
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Liverpool Central Library
1pm meet at The Great War to Race Riots exhibition on the 3rd Floor 
Writing on the Wall present a fascinating archive of letters and documents highlighting the plight of black soldiers, seafarers, and workers in Liverpool following demobilisation in 1919. This archive contains testimony from men from the Caribbean, West Africa and other colonial territories, who had fought for England on land and at sea during the Great War and were then left stranded, destitute and subject to racial violence on the streets of Liverpool.

As part of the Weeping Window experience, Writing on the Wall invites you to join internationally renowned poet Levi Tafari in exploring the lives of these men and their families and to respond creatively through story-telling and poetry. These creative writing workshops will be include a guided tour of the archive. Join the team for all four workshops or simply drop in for one.
Check out the new From Great War to Race Riots website - 
For more information contact WoW on 
0151 703 0020 or 

Pulp Idol 2015/16 Book Launch

Celebration Event: Thursday 10th December
The Music Room at The Philharmonic Hall, 7.30pm. Free

Come down to the beautiful new Music Room at the Philharmonic Hall to celebrate local writers. 
12 writers made it to our Pulp Idol final and have had the opportunity to work with established editors before getting their work published. With great success from previous finalists Pulp Idol is an inspiring opportunity for writers. Pulp Idol focuses on supporting new original voices and getting them heard. We provide a platform for up-and-coming writers, helping with exposure to new audiences and providing contacts with key publishers and agents. Join WoW in celebrating their fantastic work over a few drinks and live music. 

On the night we will also be holding a Q&A with previous Pulp Idol winner, John Donoghue to discuss his debut novel, The Death's Head Chess Club. The Book has just sold to America and is being translated for Norway, Poland, Italy, Greece, China and Brazil. It's an incredible tribute to the success of our Pulp Idol novel writing competition. 

John says, 'I really do feel that, to a great extent, I owe this to Pulp Idol. My agent (Carolyn Whitaker from London Independent Books) contacted me after seeing the anthology of the finalists' first chapters. It was she who managed to get me in front of a highly respected editor, Ravi Mirchandani, leading to the subsequent book deal.'


WoW's Winners!

Congratulations to all our writers and performers who have taken part in our two competitions this month. As always, it has been an incredible standard of talent! 
Pat Fearon came first in this year’s Mental Health and Me writing competition with her spoken word piece, The Edge. The event was a brilliant success with all the entrants work being both celebrated and appreciated. Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece of work and congratulations to all of the finalists!
Poetry 1st: Rosie Mansfield, 2nd: Paul Daw, 3rd: Kelsea Greene
Spoken Word 1st: Pat Fearon, 2nd: Susan Fagan, 3rd: Luke Chandley
Journalism 1st: Ellie Smith, 2nd: Sarah Jones, 3rd: Joann Roberts
Diary/Blog 1st: Denis Caryle, 2nd: Eleanor Taylor, 3rd: Faris Khalifa
Short Stories 1st: Joe Lavelle, 2nd: Susan Martin, 3rd: Brian Hutchinson
Letters 1st: Christina Ashworth, 2nd: Emily Monk, 3rd: Mike Churchill
Tweets 1st: Natalie Denny, 2nd: Eleanor Taylor, 3rd: Jennifer Bishop
You can get a copy of all the finalists published pieces from News From Nowhere bookshop or on kindle here
Congratulations to Raven Maguire for taking the crown at our Superheroes of Slam 2015 Liverpool heat. Great work from all our entrants and our runners up Tom George and Bradley Thompson. 
We had a fantastic evening watching all 13 very talented performers! Some were writers, rappers and poets, others were there as they wanted to try something new. It was a brilliant evening of diverse work from Liverpool poets and performers. Thank you to all involved.
Raven will be taking part in the Superheroes of Slam final in Manchester on 23rd October Three Minute Theatre. Everybody come down and cheer on Raven. Find out more here

From Great War to Race Riots Website Launch

28th October at Liverpool Central Library, 6pm
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. 
Come and view the full archive online and meet the people who have been exploring Liverpool's Black WWI experience through the prism of these fascinating letters and documents. 
For further information please click here
or call Madeline Heneghan on 0151 703 0020

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  

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

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 Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, L8 1TH

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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