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Liverpool City of Festivals


Liverpool is a city of festivals. Why don't you check out the website and explore some of the most groundbreaking and unforgettable festivals around? 

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Finding Some Way Through (A City of the Mind)



Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and Writing on the Wall celebrated the launch of the soundscape: Finding Some Way Through (A City of the Mind), created by project participants, led by composer and musical director Patrick Dineen. 

On Monday 16th January at The Rotunda Cafe, we had an excellent turn out, full of enthusiasm and thought-provoking listeners willing to add their own 'inner city' thoughts to the city the participants had already created.




We recognise that mental health is an issue that never goes away, although we aired this piece on Blue Monday we would like to play the piece wherever necessary. If you feel like you know a place that would like to help raise mental health awareness by playing this piece, please send us an email at info@writingonthewall.org.uk
  

If you missed out on hearing the piece, it is now available to listen to on the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium's Soundcloud.

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Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 Available Now!


A brilliant celebration and launch event of our Pulp Idol - Firsts 2017 book - an anthology of first chapters from the new novelists who won our Pulp idol Competition, took place on Thursday 8th December.  The book is available through Writing on the Wall and online by clicking here.

 
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Book Launch: Zoe Howe - Shine On, Marquee Moon

Congratulations to music writer Zoe Howe, and thanks to new Cooperative Cafe Naked Lunch on Smithdown Road, for an excellent launch event for Zoe's debut novel, Shine On, Marquee Moon, a rock ‘n’ roll love story that celebrates the extremes of life in the music business and challenges the myth of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll with plenty of wry humour, strong characters and sharp dialogue along the way. Never mind chick lit; this is rock-chick lit.
 
Zoe, in conversation with Writing on the Wall Co-Director, Mike Morris, discussed her novel and answered questions from the audience - well fueled by refreshments from Naked Lunch and Head Chef Jay's amazing freshly-baked scones. 
 
You can order copies of Shine on Marquee Moon by Clicking Here or, if you're in Liverpool call in to Naked Lunch at 431 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool L15 3JL

Zoë Howe is an acclaimed British music writer whose books include Lee Brilleaux: Rock ’n’ Roll Gentleman (Polygon, 2015), Barbed Wire Kisses — The Jesus and Mary Chain Story (Polygon, 2015), Wilko Johnson — Looking Back At Me (Cadiz Music Ltd., 2012), Stevie Nicks — Visions, Dreams and Rumours (Omnibus Press, 2014) and Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits (Omnibus Press, 2011). She also plays the drums.For more information on Zoe Howe and her other books, go to www.zoehowe.com
 
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The City Within Sound Project Launch

The City Within Sound
Project Launch
In partnership with the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium 
Venue: Studio 2, Parr Street, L1 4JN
 Date: 3rd October 
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm 

 
During Liverpool's Mental Health Festival, we will be launching an exciting 10-week course in sound design with composer Patrick Dineen. Participants will work with Patrick to create an imaginary world with sound, using modern digital technology techniques. The project will explore sampling, field recording and studio production. All participants will have the opportunity to create a ‘district’ of their own in our imaginary city of sound. The project will also consider the definition of self and psychological wellbeing in relation to the psychologically repressive and ‘unhealthy’ world in which we live. ‘Being heard’ will be a key theme.
 
Get involved and see how much you can say with sound!
 
The final creation will be a sound installation piece which will have a public ‘unveiling’ on Mon 16th January 2017, otherwise known as ‘Blue Monday’ - the so-called ‘most miserable day of the year’. It will also be available on SoundCloud.
 
Places are limited to 12 so please register early and remember you must be committed to attending the full 10-week course!
 
Contact details: Writing on the Wall; 0151 703 0020 /info@writingonthewall.org.uk
 
Registration link: www.writingonthewall.org.uk
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Mental Health and Me Awards

On 10th October we celebrated World Mental Health Day with the Mental Health and Me Awards and it was a fantastic event.

Congratulations to everyone who was featured in the book and won prizes! A special congratulations to our overall winner, Marian Carey from the Places category.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered Mental Health and Me. For everyone who entered, we have a completion certificate available for you to collect from our office at Writing on the Wall, The Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Toxteth, L8 1TH.

If you are a winner and were unable to attend you can come and collect your certificate and a free copy of the book. If anyone would like to purchase a copy or additional copies of the book you can from our office.

The Results

Faces Category
1st Place - Elena Fernandez-Moreno 'Exam Preparation'
2nd Place - Lorraine Wood 'Mum's Faces'
3rd Place - Janice Gaule 'Faces of Ward 2Y'

Runners Up 
Caroline Willcocks 'The Face of OCD',
Fatoumata Diane 'I am'
Eleanor Taylor 'My Father's Face'
Yosef Gerezigher 'I am unlucky to live without you my love'

Places Category
1st Place - Marian Carey 'The Thousand Natural Shocks'
2nd Place - Lowri Llewelyn 'Girl, Interrupted'
3rd Place - Terry Carney 'Trials and Tribulations of an Ex-Forces Mind'

Runners Up
Ged Smith 'Generations at the Cinema'
Gavin Knox 'For the Well-being of the economy'
Amanda Burton - 'For Simon's Sake'

Spaces Category
1st Place - Joe Lavelle 'Bleach'
2nd Place - Nathan Evans 'Controlling the Weather'
3rd Place - Ali Harwood 'Batten down the hatches'

Runners Up
Brian Wharton 'Full Up'
Josephine Wood 'The Storage Space'
Ann Evans 'Relative Space'
David Horn 'A Day Without Light'

Photo credit: Jazamin Sinclair

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The Play’s The Thing

The Play’s The Thing: A free Ten-week play writing course led by playwright and Grin Theatre’s Artistic Director Kiefer Wesley Williams.

Writing on the Wall in Partnership with Grin Theatre Company, with support from Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, are launching a ten-week play writing course which will take participants through the process of creating a play from initial conception to realisation.

Sessions will take place at the Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH.

Writers will each work towards producing by the end of the course a thirty-minute script; the best of which will be performed in full by Grin Theatre Company.

At the end of the course all writers will be able to take part in a showcase of their work in front of an audience.
The sessions will be presented and led by Kiefer Wesley Williams - Artistic Director at Grin Theatre Company. Kiefer (whose pen name is Wes Williams) has written several plays for the stage and also written two collections of short stories. He is a drama practitioner and leads on monthly acting workshop. He also runs writer’s workshops in the city and is currently developing a new LGBTQ writing group.

Application Deadline: Midnight Monday 5th September.
Successful applicants notified by midnight 7th September.
Course begins at 6pm Wednesday 14th September, The Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH.

Applications for the course must be sent by email to Kiefer Williams: kiefer.grintheatre@gmail.com by midnight on Sunday 4th September (No applications will be considered after this time). 
Please include the following in your email subject header, so we know it is an application:
The Play’s The Thing Application
You must include the following in the body of your email (No attachments please):
Full Name (not your pen name):
Age:
Contact telephone number:
Experience i.e. have you written or had plays performed in any way at all (experienced playwrights will not necessarily be ineligible, but we do want to ensure a fair balance of participants as the course is designed primarily for beginners).
Why do you want to take part in the course? (Fifty words maximum):
There are a maximum of twelve places available. Successful applicants will be notified by Midnight on Wednesday 7th September.
By applying for place on the course you are committing yourself to taking part in all the formal sessions, agreeing to take part in the final showcase, and that Grin theatre will be able to perform, if selected, your thirty-minute play. You are also committing to do the work necessary outside of the formal sessions to be able to complete the work required for the course.
If you are unsuccessful you will be eligible to apply for future courses.
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Mental Health and Me - Faces, Spaces and Places

Mental Health & Me Writing Competition
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT

BILL RYDER-JONES

Founding member of The Coral
TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ME

DEADLINE: 7th SEPTEMBER!

ENTER HERE.

Writing on the Wall and the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium are proud to announce that the Coral's Bill Ryder-Jones will appear at the Mental Health and Me Celebration event to announce the overall winner of the competition, present the prizes and talk to us about his own personal struggles with his mental health.
Bill believes that being upfront about his mental health has been a positive thing and that there’s a catharsis in creativity. Bill has talked and written about his depression and agoraphobia frankly and has come to the realisation, as he sings in ‘Two To Birkenhead’, that “you only hate the things you think you are.”

To celebrate Bill Ryder-Jones appearance at the Mental Health and Me Celebration, we are extending the deadline of the competition to the 7th September. This is your opportunity to become a published writer and have your voice heard. Remember there are three categories to enter - 'Faces', 'Places' and 'Spaces.' Why not write a letter to a loved one who has been your rock? Or send us a blog entry on your favourite place and why it makes you happy to go there? Or you could send us a poem on your a space that makes you stressed. It's entirely up to you!

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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
 
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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.
 
 

Contact WoW

Address:  Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1TH
Map: Click Here for our location page

Tel:  0151 703 0020
E-mail: info@writingonthewall.org.uk

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