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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 madeline@writingonthewall.org.uk

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

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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
 
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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.' 
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Walter Mosley

2nd JULY at LIVERPOOL TOWN HALL.
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’. 
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Subterranean Theatre: The Maurie

2nd - 13th JUNE AT THE CUNARD BUILDING
Tickets available here


Written by Writing on the Wall’s Mike Morris, The Maurie is based on a 1920s short story by rediscovered Liverpool seafarer and writer George Garrett. It celebrates the mighty ‘Scouse boat’ the Mauretania, and the lives of those who worked below decks, and is set in the ‘Subterranean Theatre’ of the ship’s engine room.
 
Mike Morris says: “Garrett described the scene in the engine rooms of the Mauretania as a ‘Subterranean Theatre’; it’s a fitting tribute to Garrett, and the stokers, who laboured below decks in almost inhuman conditions to keep these incredible liners running, that their contribution to Liverpool’s maritime history is recognised as part of the city’s One Magnificent City celebrations.”
 
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WoW Fest 2015: American Dreams

Introducing ‘American Dreams’, WoW’s Star Spangled programme of spoken word, theatre, film, discussion and debate. From Wall Street to Water Street, Liverpool’s literary links to America, and specifically New York, are mapped out and explored in a celebration featuring New York/US based writers, Innovative Theatre and bang up to the moment Spoken Word artists. Join WoW on a transatlantic journey through the wild, strange frenzy of the shared maritime history of these two iconic port cities.

Don’t miss our usual eclectic mix of high quality writers and artists in a range of events dealing with RACE AND FOOTBALL, FEMINISM AND ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT BY DECEIT, LIFE IN GAZA, WOMEN IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, AID IN SUDAN & JEWISH IDENTITY AND WRITING.

Our acclaimed PULP IDOL and FLASH FICTION competitions open the way for new writers to get published. 

Click here for full programme and tickets.

Join WoW's mailing list for exclusive ticket offers.

 

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Pulp Idol 2015 Now Open!


Pulp Idol is a unique writing competition for novelists. Pulp Idol gets you published. With great success from previous finalists it 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.
 
If you want to be in with a chance of getting your first chapter published and getting to read in front of a major publisher or agent, then you need to enter Pulp Idol 2015. 
 
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What's Your Granby Story?

6 week creative project starting 24th March. 
Tuesdays, 6-8pm 
at the Methodist Centre,
Beaconsfield Street, L8 2UU


 
What are your Granby stories and how can the past inform our present and future?

This new FREE project aims to celebrate the heritage of the Granby area and to contribute to its long term redevelopment. This project will explore the role of Granby, and the contribution its residents and businesses have made, in the city and region. This six week project will be led by writer and performer, Curtis Watt and writer and historian, Tony Wailey who together will guide you in telling your story. Come and share your memories and your aspirations for the future. All welcome.
 
 
If you want to take part in this project please call 0151 703 0020 or email info@writingonthewall.org.uk


 
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Pulp Idol 2015 Firsts


Pulp Idol Firsts 2015 is now available to buy on Amazon Kindle, or you can get your hard copy directly from Writing on the Wall. Just call 0151 703 0020 or email info@writingonthewall.org.uk and order yours. 

'We saw an incredible variety of submissions in the 2014 Pulp Idol competition, from work exploring our closest relationships to books that were all about action, and from the gritty realism of police procedural to the fantasy of a world unlike our own. The standard was impressive, and it’s clear that new writing is alive and well in Liverpool.' Alex Christofi   

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Support the Casa

The Dockers Dispute of 1995 – 1997, was a monumental battle by a small group of sacked Dockers to fight for their jobs, and their rights after being locked out and sacked by management. In lasting for two and half years it was also one of the UK’s longest running disputes. The sacked Dockers were small in number, but due to their commitment, and their inventive and often inspirational tactics, they punched far above their weight, industrially, politically and culturally. Ultimately they lost the dispute, but their fight has had a much longer social and cultural impact than could have been expected.

 

 

I was a supporter of their fight for justice and the return of their jobs. I was on the picket line almost daily, and took part in organising many, many demonstrations, activities and events to support them. I had just returned to University when the dispute broke out, and often found myself dashing away from mass meetings to get to lectures, or spending time I should maybe have been studying to organise support.
 

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WoW nominated for Women In Business Awards

We are proud to announce that our very own Co-Director, Madeline Heneghan has been nominated in the 'Outstanding Leadership & Management' category for the 2015 Women In Business Awards.
 
Downtown Liverpool in Business are teaming up again with the Women’s Organisation to celebrate female entrepreneurs and business owners from across Merseyside to host the third annual City of Liverpool Women in Business Awards.
"I am delighted to be part of the Women In Business Awards this year. It's great to be alongside such inspiring women who make a difference in our City." - Madeline Heneghan 
 
Please take a minute to vote for Writing on the Wall and spread the word! 
 

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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