Alexei Sayle narrates new film about the life and work of neglected Liverpool writer, George Garrett


Alexei Sayle narrates new film about the life and work of neglected Liverpool writer, George Garrett
Liverpool born comedian, writer and broadcaster, Alexiei Sayle, narrates a unique film charting the life and work of Liverpool merchant Seaman, social activist and writer, George Garrett (1896-1966).

The Film, George Garrett – A Stoker with Punch, has been created by local film makers Chris Chadwick and Wesley Storey of The Hatch TV Production Company, for Writing on the Wall’s Heritage Lottery Funded George Garrett Archive project. Liverpool actor Paul Duckworth (12th Night, Waiting for Brando, Brookside, backbeat) has recorded the voice over of George Garrett’s voice, and the film features a series of interviews with writers, academics and family, including exclusive interviews with George Garrett’s two remaining sons, Roy and Derek. 
Project Leader, Mike Morris, says, ‘Alexei Sayle’s involvement in the film provides a living link to George Garrett as his mother and father, Molly and Joe, were good friends of George Garrett. It was Alexei referring to this in his autobiography, Stalin Ate My Homework’, that prompted me to get in touch with him.’
The film will be premiered during the launch of the George Garrett Archive at Liverpool’s central Library, William brown Street, Saturday May 3rd, 1pm.
The launch of the archive and film on 3rd May, are part of a series of celebration events taking place during the Writing on the Wall festival.
For further details contact Mike Morris c/o
0151 703 0020

Pulp Idol 2014

Writing on the Wall's Pulp Idol Competition 2014 is now open for applicants!
Apply here
Pulp Idol is a unique writing competition for novelists. With great success from previous finalists, it’s an inspiring opportunity for writers. Pulp Idol focuses on supporting new original voices and getting them heard. We strive to 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 this year’s Pulp Idol. Prizes include: Getting your work read by an agent/publisher, and publication in a collection of first chapters by Writing on the Wall. The winner will have the chance to meet personally with a publisher/agent.

Apply here or find out about the competition rules here

Owen Jones: A Rebel Rant

Owen Jones
A Rebel Rant
Thursday 15th May 2014
At the Black-E
Get your ticket here

Owen Jones is back standing up and speaking out on issues that have been swept under the carpet for too long. He wants YOU to join him. Are you up for it? Owen Jones has been at the centre of the big benefits row this year – bedroom tax, austerity and welfare cuts. We know what we’re fighting for but just who are we against?


A Rebel Rant with journalist and author, Owen Jones (Chavs – The Demonisation of the Working Class). Owen Jones, an inspirational speaker, is a columnist for The Guardian and appears regularly on TV discussing politics and social issues. Owen will be ranting about the ongoing fight against those in power with a chance for the audience to get their opinions heard.

(This event is from 2014, if you are interested in seeing Owen Jones this year - he is back and bigger than ever! Click here for more information)




We are delighted to announce that we have the author of one of the most iconic novels of the 20th Century, Trainspotting, at our festival this May. 
Irvine Welsh is coming to Liverpool as part of his latest book launch tour of 'The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'. The night will be hosted by novelist, Kevin Sampson with a DJ set from lead singer of The Farm, Peter Hooton.
IRVINE WELSH was born in Edinburgh, and first came to public attention with his debut novel Trainspotting (1993), which was quickly adapted for stage and screen, with great success. His other novels include Filth (1998), Glue (2001), and, most recently, Skagboys (2012), and he has written many short stories and screenplays.


Luke Harding

Luke Harding, will read from his book, ‘The Snowden Files’, the incredible story of the intelligence breach of the biggest spying programme ever designed. Luke will be in conversation with award-winning journalist and writer, Brian Reade

Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief. The Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War. His recent article in the Guardian, Writing The Snowden Files: 'The paragraph began to self-delete' has had a huge response. 
13th May at L1 Waterstones 
Tickets: £3 (£2 for Loyalty Card Holders) available in store.
Start Time: 7pm.

Chanel joins the WoW Team.

Writing on the Wall would like to officially welcome Chanel Scott-Jeffers to the WoW team as our Festival Assistant. After two months of work experience Chanel has been helping organise the WoW Festival running up to May. We're lucky to have an extra pair of hands in the office at such a hectic time. 
Chanel is from Belfast and recently graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in English Literature and Language. We'd like to thank the Creative Employment programme and the DWP for helping to make this employment possible.

Pulp Idol – Firsts, 2014: 1st Chapters from New Writers

Since 2010 Writing on the Wall has been publishing the first chapters of the finalists in its annual Pulp Idol competition.  All finalists get their first chapter published in a book of ‘Firsts’. Pulp Idol – Firsts is produced in hard copy and also made available in Kindle. It is circulated to agents and publishers, who have already shown interest in a number of our writers.
Pulp Idol - Firsts 2014 is the fourth collection of first chapters. Firsts 2014 is full of new and up and coming novelists who were finalists in the Pulp Idol writing competition organised by the Liverpool-based Writing on the Wall Festival. The competition takes place each year during the festival (usually held in May) and features writers taking part in a series of heats and a final, reading from their work and answering questions from the judges, who are all published writers themselves. The purpose of the competition, and the 'Firsts' publication, is to support new writers and bring their work to the attention of publishers and agents. The judges for the Pulp Idol 2012 final said of this year's collections of 'Firsts': 

What's Your Story? with Refugee Action

In September 2013 we ran a six week writing course for Refugees and Asylum seekers. In collaboration with Refugee Action, the group were tutored by award winning author, Helen Walsh. This is what she had to say about the course and her experience:

"I can think of few instances in my life to date where a group of people have inspired, challenged and subverted my way of looking at the world in such a way as my students did in those sessions. Each week I was presented with new ways of looking at the human experience, each week I was forced to pare back those uncomfortable truths of humanity, and in doing so re-evaluate my understanding of the concept of liberty, and question how often and how casually it is squandered here in the Western world.

All of my writers were brimming with stories, so rich and complex and ultimately life affirming, that they needed little inspiration from me. I hope that they will continue to lay down their pasts and make sense of the here and now and that one day, we are able to read their stories in print. I’m in no doubt that the face of contemporary fiction will be richer, deeper, better for it."


Pulp Idol Book Launch 2013

We are holding a celebration event on 12th December at The Siren Café, 54 St James Street, to launch the 2013 Pulp Idol book. We will also be inviting people from our What’s Your Story? course to commend all our writing courses throughout the year.
There will be live music to accompany the night, so bring all your friends and family to celebrate our WoW writers getting published! Doors will open at 7pm and run till late.
The books will be available on the night for £2.99.

SI Leeds Literary Prize

Thinking of writing fiction, but don't know where to start? Help is at hand with FREE writer development workshops in Liverpool 

Thinking about writing fiction but don’t know where to start?  Need help developing the storyline of your book but have lost the plot?  Perhaps you’ve finished writing and are dreading the edits... Join Katy Massey in a series of free writing development workshops, taking place between December and February in Liverpool’s Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre.  Katy Massey's novel, The Book of Ghosts, was shortlisted in the 2012 SI Leeds Literary Prize.  A former journalist, she has a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and is an experienced writing tutor and editor.  Her current work, Tangled Roots, is concerned with capturing the experience of interracial families.  Her workshops look at these three crucial stages in the writing process...

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