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!
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
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Writing on the Wall on 0151 703 0020.
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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.
Saturday 19th July. Central Library, 4th Floor, William Brown Street, Liverpool
Writing on the Wall brings you Liverpool's first Virtual Book Fair as part our city's International Festival of Business. We will be introducing an exciting selection of writers and publishers who work across a range of platforms in publishing, self-publishing and digital publishing.
Taking place in the stunning atrium of Liverpool's Central Library, Writing on the Wall will host a day of interactive, hands-on readings, discussion and interactions with those at the top of their games in publishing.
With an introduction by Downtown in Business Director, Frank Mckenna, The Virtual Book Fair will explore business models of online publishing and encompass publishing powerhouses such as Anna Rafferty, whose innovation during her time as managing director of Penguin Digital showed different ways of marketing books to a fast-paced population, and Linda Bennett, director and editor of Crime at Salt Publishing, who will speak about the ways authors today can put themselves on the literary map.
Jim Hinks of Comma Press will be introducing his app LitNav. From your fingertips you can read and travel the world via their collection of short stories. Designed with commuters in mind, these bite-sized gems will take you on the alternative route. Liverpool to Venice to Zurich, where do you want to go next?
Beth Reekles wrote her first novel aged 15 which she self-published on Watt Pad, after it received 19 million views; she signed a three book deal with Random House. Liverpool's Virtual Book Fair is delighted to introduce Beth Reekles to the stage to discuss her self-published success and the impact that self-published authors are having on the way we read now.
- Twitter haiku - writing competition
- Live station of new, interactive novels for virtual readers
- Webinars streamed from digital publishers across the globe
- Kids Dome - Interactive Storytelling pod
Come down the Writing on the Wall's Virtual Book Fair as part of the Culture programme for the International Festival of Business.
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All for free!
Congratulations to our winner, Craig Whittle and runner up, Rob Knipe.
Thank you to our fantastic judges Tom Witcomb, Alex Christofi and Caroline Smailes, all our finalists, The Siren Cafe and our Pulp Idol organiser and host, Abi Inglis.
It’s safe to say we were all equally charmed by Phill Jupitus and Tim Wells during a night of ping-pong poetry with some classic titles such as ‘The Horror of Your Daughter’s New Boyfriend Turning Up Wearing Green Suede Cuban Heels.’ We were taught some essential life lessons by Funny Girl, Liz Carr during a night of comedy when she showed us how to do the ‘ugly smile’ which she reserves especially for anyone who could be considered a bit of an ignoramus. In true WoW fashion, the festival was filled with debate and discussion and offered a platform for our audiences to express their views. At times we where edged into fierce debate, particuarly when Owen Jones took to the stage in a rebel rant to protest against austerity and the oppression of the working class. Seumas Milne remembered the Miner’s Strike during this 30th anniversary year and Danny Morrison, Kevin Higgins and Tim Brannigan debated the shifts in Irish politics.
There were moments when we where moved, most clearly when Janet Alder told us the heart-breaking story of how her brother Christopher was unlawfully killed in police custody, leading to a well deserved standing ovation from the audience. We proudly showcased the work achieved so far on The George Garrett Archive Project with the debut of the fantastic installation designed by JMU students as well as the archive displayed at Central Library. We were treated to a brilliant rehearsed reading of George Garrett’s first play Two Tides at the Unity Theatre bagging an impressive four star review after only two day’s rehearsal! And of course, we celebrated the work of our own very talented Young Writer’s from Word Up on Light Night on the roof top of Central Library with some brilliant performances from the group accompanied by a great DJ set from DJ Vinny which brought a cool, New York City vibe to Liverpool.
Join Writing on the Wall for a month of Flash Fiction, writing competitions, poetry, new work from local writers, readings and rants on international issues and local art and culture.
Words over bullets, bombast instead of bombs, debating the death of the brave and their legacy – how we went from a Land fit for Heroes to living on Benefits Street. Writing on the Wall presents ShellShock, a festival to celebrate and commemorate, exploring the centenary of the First World War; those who served, and those, like George Garrett, who wrote.
Blackdrop In The Pool - Open Mic Night
FRIDAY 30th MAY, 9pm
FREE EVENT at The Baltic Social
Are you a spoken word artists or a poet? Come down and have your voice heard!
Top Boy - Ronan Bennett
Thursday 29th May
7.30pm at Frederiks.
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Ronan Bennett, Irish born writer of Channel 4's controversial Top Boy series, discusses his dramatic past as a terrorist suspect and the inspiration behind his hugely successful TV series.
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Writing on the Wall are delighted to announce one of our headline acts for our 2014 Festival - British actor (Silent Witness), stand-up comedian, broadcaster and international disability rights activist – Liz Carr. Liz’s brand of comedy can be unexpected and shocking - she ‘tells it like it is.’ Breaking down stereotypes with sharp observations and comedy that will crack you up; this is one you will not want to miss. Liz will be joined on stage by a host of local funny girls. Tickets on sale now!
& TIM WELLS
Never Mind the Buzzcocks star Phill Jupitus aka, Porky the Poet will be joining Tim Wells, ‘hard-giggling’ poet of ‘wit and brilliance’ (The Guardian) for a comedy filled poetry evening. Expect wild anarchy and utter hilarity.