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. 


Pulp Idol 2016 Firsts


We had a wonderful evening in the new beautiful Music Room to celebrate our local authors.
On Thursday 10th December, we celebrated our Pulp Idol writers first chapter. 12 writers made it to our Pulp Idol final and have had the opportunity to work with established editors before getting their work published. With great success from previous finalists Pulp Idol 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. Thank you to all who joined in the celebrations! 

You can buy Pulp Idol Firsts 2016 in News From Nowhere
or get it on kindle here 

On the night we also held an interesting and insightful Q&A with previous Pulp Idol winner, John Donoghue to discuss his debut novel, The Death's Head Chess Club. The book has sold to America and is being translated for Norway, Poland, Italy, Greece, China and Brazil. It's an incredible tribute to the success of our Pulp Idol novel writing competition. 

John says, 'I really do feel that, to a great extent, I owe this to Pulp Idol. My agent (Carolyn Whitaker from London Independent Books) contacted me after seeing the anthology of the finalists' first chapters. It was she who managed to get me in front of a highly respected editor, Ravi Mirchandani, leading to the subsequent book deal.'

To end the evening we heard an amazing set from upcoming Liverpool artist, Rosenblume. A perfect way to end a very successful night, celebrating local talent. 


December Celebration Events

George Garrett Travelling Man with St Vincent Primary School

On 8th December we started the day with a 'Hunger March' recreated by St Vincent Primary School to celebrate their George Garrett - Travelling Man publication. Our Garretteers have been delivering writing workshops with years 4,5 and 6 since September which culminated in a book launch at the Women's Organisation Building. George Garrett (Actor, Paul Duckworth) even made an appearance to congratulate the pupils!


What's Your Story? with Advance PSS & Brothers of Charity 

Later that day, the WoW team went to Thingwall for the Brothers of Charity & Advance PSS What's Your Story? celebration event. Curtis Watt led a fantastic showcase performance with the group featuring poetry, movement and music. 



This December with WoW...


5th December at Kuumba Imani, 10am-4pm

You are invited to take part in this exciting free workshop with artist, Faith Bebbington to make Black Poppies for our exhibition to be displayed at Liverpool Central Library. This is part of Writing on the Wall's From Great War to Race Riots Archive Project which explores a fascinating archive of letters and documents highlighting the plight of black soldiers, seafarers, and workers in Liverpool following demobilisation in 1919.
All Welcome. If you would like to book a place for this workshop,
please sign up using our online form
If you have any queries, please email

Black Poppies

Creative Writing Workshops
with Levi Tafari

Commemorating the
Black Contribution to WWI

Every Saturday throughout November
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Liverpool Central Library
1pm meet at The Great War to Race Riots exhibition on the 3rd Floor 
Writing on the Wall present a fascinating archive of letters and documents highlighting the plight of black soldiers, seafarers, and workers in Liverpool following demobilisation in 1919. This archive contains testimony from 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.

As part of the Weeping Window experience, Writing on the Wall invites you to join internationally renowned poet Levi Tafari in exploring the lives of these men and their families and to respond creatively through story-telling and poetry. These creative writing workshops will be include a guided tour of the archive. Join the team for all four workshops or simply drop in for one.
Check out the new From Great War to Race Riots website - 
For more information contact WoW on 
0151 703 0020 or 

WoW's Winners!

Congratulations to all our writers and performers who have taken part in our two competitions this month. As always, it has been an incredible standard of talent! 
Pat Fearon came first in this year’s Mental Health and Me writing competition with her spoken word piece, The Edge. The event was a brilliant success with all the entrants work being both celebrated and appreciated. Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece of work and congratulations to all of the finalists!
Poetry 1st: Rosie Mansfield, 2nd: Paul Daw, 3rd: Kelsea Greene
Spoken Word 1st: Pat Fearon, 2nd: Susan Fagan, 3rd: Luke Chandley
Journalism 1st: Ellie Smith, 2nd: Sarah Jones, 3rd: Joann Roberts
Diary/Blog 1st: Denis Caryle, 2nd: Eleanor Taylor, 3rd: Faris Khalifa
Short Stories 1st: Joe Lavelle, 2nd: Susan Martin, 3rd: Brian Hutchinson
Letters 1st: Christina Ashworth, 2nd: Emily Monk, 3rd: Mike Churchill
Tweets 1st: Natalie Denny, 2nd: Eleanor Taylor, 3rd: Jennifer Bishop
You can get a copy of all the finalists published pieces from News From Nowhere bookshop or on kindle here
Congratulations to Raven Maguire for taking the crown at our Superheroes of Slam 2015 Liverpool heat. Great work from all our entrants and our runners up Tom George and Bradley Thompson. 
We had a fantastic evening watching all 13 very talented performers! Some were writers, rappers and poets, others were there as they wanted to try something new. It was a brilliant evening of diverse work from Liverpool poets and performers. Thank you to all involved.
Raven will be taking part in the Superheroes of Slam final in Manchester on 23rd October Three Minute Theatre. Everybody come down and cheer on Raven. Find out more here

Contact WoW

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

Tel:  0151 703 0020

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