Hillsborough: The Truth Book Launch with Phil Scraton

15 April 1989: 96 men, women and children were killed at Sheffield’s Hillsborough Stadium. Hundreds were injured, many more traumatised. Twenty-seven years later an inquest jury concluded they were killed unlawfully - the police were held primarily responsible, the fans exonerated.

Phil Scraton’s seminal book, Hillsborough: The Truth, including three new chapters written since the inquest and the verdicts, details three decades of struggle by bereaved families and survivors leading to the Hillsborough Independent Panel, the quashing of the original inquest verdicts and new investigations into the police. Compelling and harrowing, it draws on personal interviews, thousands of documents and in-depth analyses of all legal proceedings, revealing how the interests of ordinary people are ignored when those in authority sacrifice truth and deny accountability to protect their reputations.

Find out more here. 

What's Your Pride Story?

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! 

WoW at Maghull Literary Festival

11am-4pm. Free Entry

King George V Playing Fields, Maghull, L31 7BB

Writing on the Wall are delighted to be hosting a stage at the Mughall Literary Festival on 6th August. The WoW Stage will be hosting Q&As with local authors, a poetry slam and our fantastically futuristic Time Machine, inspiring local authors to get those pens scribbling ideas down. Writing on the Wall and Liverpool John Moores University created a Time Machine to work with schools and young people, inspiring them with time travel to spur their creativity and write short stories....

Guests include children’s author Alan Gibbons
and local poetry royalty Mandy Coe and Levi Tafari


Are you a poet or spoken word artist and want to join the Mega Maghull Poetry Slam as part of the Maghull Literary Festival on 6th August?
You could be in with a chance of winning a £50 cash prize! 
To sign up and find out more, email

Mental Health and Me 2016

Writing on the Wall and the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium are proud to announce that Mental Health and Me is back for the third year running with 2016 bringing a fresh new twist to this ground breaking writing competition. Faces, Places and Spaces is the theme for 2016. The competition is open to anyone who has an experience or interest in mental health, whether this is based on a true story or entirely fictionalised. If you have an interest in mental health and you’d like an opportunity to become a published writer, this is your chance!
Competition deadline: 5pm, 1st September 2016

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

WoWFest 2016!

FULL LINE UP ANNOUNCED... 1st May – 28th May 2016
Dave Gibbons. Isy Suttie. Jerry Dammers. Hollie McNish.
Juno Dawson. Linton Kwesi Johnson. Maram Al-Masri.

Alexei Sayle. Levi Tafari. Francesca Martinez.
Stephen Baxter. Ramsey Campbell.

Pat Cadigan. Kevin Barry. Lord Puttnam. Phil Redmond. 

WoWFest 2016 is all about exploring the future past and present (well, it’s all relative isn’t it, Einstein?) through sci-fi, super heroes, graphic novels, comics and…a Time Machine! What can sci-fi teach us about climate change or our climate of fear, are graphic novels a real literary art-form, and just how long will it take us to get to The Ninth Planet? We’ll be featuring the best of SF classics, voyaging into the wonderful world of Afrofuturism, Girl’s Comics, technologies for creating and living, and, with our regular eclectic travelling companions of star struck festival guests, WoW is tilting to the future with a whole star ship full of new and up and coming writers. Countdown begins now…Lift Off scheduled for May 2016.

Writing Competitions


WoW’s acclaimed Pulp Idol novel writing competition returns for its 10th anniversary. Are you an aspiring novelist wanting the chance to have your work published?  Then this competition is for you. Focussing on new and unheard voices, with huge success from previous finalists, this is an opportunity for new writers to have their novel's showcased to the public, including the possibility of exposure to new audiences and communication with publishers and agents. Past publishing successes include James Rice (Alice and the Fly), Deborah Morgan (Disappearing Home) & Clare Coombes (Definitions).

To celebrate 10 years we are again having a national entry and opening up for the first time to an International online entry! You will have a chance to enter online in our national and international categories via our YouTube channel. Pulp Idol winner will have their work read by an agent/publisher. All finalists will have their first chapter published in our book of ‘Firsts, available as an eBook available on all major online outlets.   A copy will be sent out to agents and publishers across the country. The guest judge for this year’s competition is author Tony Schumacher (The Darkest Hour, The British Lion).   

TO ENTER PULP IDOL 2016: CLICK HERE For details on competition rules please download them here
For YouTube entries (National or International) click here -  For more details on competition rules for National and International entries please download them here

Deadline For Entry: Midnight Sunday 10 April 2016
Heats: Week commencing 23 April 2016
Final: Friday 27 May 2016, 7.00pm. Venue TBC

In time for WoW’s sci-fi themed 2016 Festival, astronomers have discovered a mysterious new world on the outer edges of our solar system. Ten times bigger than Earth, it’s been called The Ninth Planet, which funnily enough, is the Theme for our 2016 Flash Fiction Competition...

Deadline Midnight Sunday 24th April. 3000 characters (Roughly 500 words), all work will be published online. 
Winners will be announced by Dirk Maggs at his event on Tuesday 5th May at Liverpool Central Library.

New Writing Workshops!

11am - 1pm at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre

As part of the BBC's 'Get Creative Day' we're offering you the chance to join author John Donoghue (Death's Head Chess Club) for a creative session designed to help you develop your writing, your novel, and get you and your first chapter in tip-top shape for our Pulp Idol Novel Writing Competition. Email to book your place.

7pm at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre 

WoW are providing a free workshop to help you sharpen your skills for writing Flash Fiction with tutor, Coin Watts. For more information and to book a place, please email


Writing the World - A one-day sci-fi workshop with Emma Segar
Saturday 23rd April 2016 (10am - 4pm) at University of Liverpol, 126 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L69 3GR
Do you love Science Fiction? Have you ever thought about visiting alien worlds? How about creating one? Liverpool University's Continuing Education CE Saturdays and WOWFEST 2016 present Writing the World, a day of collaborative workshops and writing exercises in which we will create an entire planet, from the geology and landscape to the cultures and customs of its people. During the session, there will be opportunities to build characters and scenarios, and to plan stories, poetry and artwork set on the planet we create. Drafts and completed work can be shared at informal follow-up sessions throughout the festival, and showcased on the project website. 
Tickets £15 (Includes Lunch) BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Liverpool Young Writers 2015 Tracks

Word-Up is a creative writing and Spoken Word group for young performers and poets around the North-West. Over the past 12 months the young writers have created and performed spokenword poetry with guidance from renowned artist and performer Nikki Blaze. Nikki has worked with the Liverpool 8 based group and enhanced the participants confidence, abilities and performance skills. We're delighted to announce that their work is now available to listen to on soundclound. 

Listen to WoW's Liverpool Young Writers tracks here


If you're interested in getting involved with Word Up next year, you can contact us via email on or alternatively, call 0151 703 0020 for more details. Spread the word!


WoW Are Recruiting!

WoW are hiring a Project Manager
Hours:                        37.5 hours per week     
Salary:                        £18,000 per annum
Based:                        Liverpool
Reports to:                Writing on the Wall Co-Directors

Writing on the Wall are seeking a Project Manager to coordinate and deliver a range of current projects and to work with the Co-Directors to create and initiate new projects. 
The post holder must be an energetic and experienced professional able to inspire staff and volunteers, with strong organisational skills to manage and monitor partner organisations, staff, pupils and volunteers. The Project Manager will be also responsible for extending WoW’s work with schools and young people generally, playing a leading role in WoW’s aim to use creativity to improve literacy and engagement of young people in the Merseyside area. 
Writing on the Wall is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. This is an exciting opportunity to join a unique cultural organisation that works across a range of art forms with diverse communities across the region. WoW are a highly motivated team committed to supporting individuals and communities to engage in high quality arts, culture and creative learning, and inspiring them to create their own work. 

It is essential that the applicant is:
·         Educated to degree level, or equivalent experience
·         Has experience of working in an arts organisation or an arts related industry environment
·         Has experience of project management and delivery
·         Has experience of working in partnership with other agencies to deliver successful collaborative projects
Writing on the Wall is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone. 

Application deadline:               Midnight, Tuesday 23rd February
Shortlisting takes place:         Tuesday 1st March
Interviews:                                  Wednesday 9th March (venue tbc in Liverpool)
For information and application pack email

Black Poppies Sculpture

In commemoration of the black contribution to World War One, over 100 black poppies have been hand crafted by members of the public under the guidance of renowned artist Faith Bebbington. Faith has taken these poppies and created a stunning art work is on display in the hub of Central Library as part of the City’s Weeping Windows experience. Weeping Widow is the iconic poppy sculpture that is currently cascading down the pillars of St George hall. 
The Black Poppy sculpture idea arose out of a Writing on the Wall heritage project which focuses on an archive of letters and documents highlighting the plight of black soldiers, seafarers, and workers in Liverpool following demobilisation in 1919. This archive contains the testimony of 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.  The documents reveal a plight of daily racism and loss of jobs because of the boycott by white workers, a boycott often supported by the trades unions. This tension led to the race riots of 1919, which resulted in many serious assaults and attacks and the murder of Bermudian seafarer Charles Wootton. The Black Poppy sculpture is designed to raise awareness of the events of 1919 and the historic experience of Liverpool’s black community and to highlight the sacrifices made by Black families during the First World War and the period that followed. 

Writing on the Wall have been working with a group of dedicated volunteers drawn from the local community who catalogued and digitized the archive to create a dedicated website. The documents can be viewed at A selection of the archive is on display of the third floor of central library. 

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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