Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Nelson Rolihlahala* Mandela was a hero and icon of our time. Millions of words have been written, and many more will be, about his amazing political career – the struggle, the long imprisonment and his emergence, unbroken and unembittered, to steer South Africa away from the danger of civil war to democracy and a degree of unity.

What's Your Story? Writing Courses

 Our three latest What's Your Story? courses have been a fantastic success!

Over the past couple of months, Writing on the Wall has collaborated with Refugee Action, The Stroke Association and The Liverpool Mental Health Consortium to provide free writing courses to connect individuals and communities, develop opportunities for self-expression, using group-work and circle time to ensure accessibility and collective encouragement for members of communities who often feel excluded from traditional writing activities.


'Plays For Tomorrow' Script Writing with Julian Perkins

Writing on the Wall will work in partnership with Julian Perkins in assisting a team of selected writers to develop their skills, whilst transforming their ideas into a short drama for production.

Julian is a highly-esteemed scriptwriter with a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to the course. With a CV covering every aspect of the medium, his TV credits include, The Bill, Emmerdale, EastEnders, Casualty, Grafters, Murphy’s Law and MIT, Julian having enjoyed the position of a lead writer on a number of long-running series. He has also written successfully for stage and radio, most notably his award winning and much acclaimed play ‘Images Of Tiffin’.

'Now That I Have Found The Words' with Rose Thomas

Black History Month
and Writing on the Wall Present... 

'Now That I Have Found The Words' with Rose Thomas 

Also featuring an acoustic set from Christine Q & Co.

Rose's novel tells the story of Bess, a women from Liverpool 8, looking back on her life as she prepares to return to Liverpool from London where she has been living with her son. Rose will read extracts from her novel-in-progress which depicts the lives and traumas of members of Liverpool's black community from the 1940's onward. 

Language, Resistance and Revival: From Prison to Community

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Author of Language, Resistance and Revival, Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh reflects on his ground-breaking, unique research with Republican former prisoners. Based on in-depth interviews, and analysis of the politics of incarceration in Long Kesh throughout the Conflict in the North of Ireland, he reveals the centrality of the Irish language to prisoners’ resistance in their bitter struggle against the British State and its policies of criminalisation. A first generation Irish speaker, he explores the lasting legacy beyond the prison walls of the Irish language revival within the Nationalist community through the ‘insider’ accounts of its main protagonists.

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The talk will be introduced by Phil Scraton, author of Prisons Under Protest, The Violence of Incarceration and The Incarceration of Women, whose research prioritises the voices of prisoners and their families within the context of their confinement.
Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh is a Belfast-based community activist who works full time in the Irish language revival movement. 


Stroke Survivors get the WoW Factor

What's Your Story Poster, Stroke Association Writing on the Wall and The Stroke Association are delighted to announce they are launching a new creative writing project for stroke survivors in Merseyside. The workshops will be led by spoken word artist and performer, Curtis Watt.
The workshops will begin on Thursday 26th September and the participants will work on developing stories to publish and perform for a celebration event to mark World Stroke Day on Tuesday 29th October 2013
There will be four, two-hour workshops that will be delivered at The Hope Centre in the Old Roan Baptist Church, Aintree Lane, L10 2JD.

WoW's What's Your Story? writers perform at the Liverpool Central Library

WoW are holding a celebration event for our What's Your Story?, in collaboration with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, writing group. Participants will be performing their work at the Central Library on 10th October and will be presented with a published book of their work that they have completed within the course.

Established author and dynamic poet, Clare Shaw has been leading the 12 week creative writing workshop.
Clare has been published in several national journals and newspapers and was awarded High Commended in the Forward Prize 2006. As well as a popular performer, she is also a self-harm trainer and consultant, working independently and in partnership to enable services to respond helpfully to people who self-harm.
The course has been in partnership with the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium. The Consortium offers valuable opportunities for those who have experienced mental distress to develop a collective voice.
Clare Shaw's group, in partnership with The Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, will be performing on 10th October, World Mental Health Day, at 6 in the Discovery Area.

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Find out what else is happening in Liverpool on World Mental Health Day. 

"Drawing Support: The Murals of the North of Ireland - An Illustrated Talk" by Bill Rolston

Thursday 3rd October
6.30 - 8.30 pm 

Attendance is free.
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Bill Rolston
has been photographing murals in Northern Ireland since 1981, and now has an archive of around 2,000 images spanning three decades. His work on murals is lauded both within Northern Ireland and beyond, and his illustrated books entitled Drawing Support are considered to be the leading guides to the changing nature of the famous murals in the North of Ireland. A Professor of Sociology and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster, Bill is the author of a number of books, including most recently Children of the Revolution: The Lives of Sons and Daughters of Activists in Northern Ireland (2011, Guildhall Press)Bill is also a leading supporter of the Liverpool Mural Project, a group of Belfast and Liverpudlian mural artists commissioned to complete murals in Liverpool.

Contact WoW

Address:  Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1TH
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Tel:  0151 703 0020

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