Upcoming Events

Black History Month mini Festival
Featuring David Olusoga, Benjamin Zephaniah, Emy Onuora 

Liverpool has the oldest black community in Europe and in October WoW will explore the history of that community by presenting our inaugural Black History month mini festival. In the parts of town where the original black community settled, WoW brings two days of unique events featuring; Benjamin Zephaniah, David Olusoga and Emy Onuora to celebrate the culture, contributions and legacies of the black diaspora, here and internationally.

Buy tickets for the Great War to Race Riots Book Launch
Friday 20th October 
Time: 6.30pm
Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, L8 1XF

Join us for the launch of WoW’s latest book, Great War to Race Riots, the story of a unique archive of letters and documents from 1919-1920 which highlight the plight of black seafarers, soldiers and workers who supported the ‘mother country’ during the WW1. The archive contains the words of the men themselves in letters to Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, which were written against the back-drop of institutionalised racism, competition for jobs, and racial tensions which exploded into rioting on the streets of Liverpool in 1919. Great War to Race Riots, written by WoW’s Co-Director, Madeline Heneghan and local author, Emy Onuora (Pitch Black), is the culmination of in-depth research conducted by the Heritage Lottery funded Great War to Race Riots Archive Group. This dedicated team devoted their time and energies to uncovering the lost voices of these men who helped to shape Liverpool’s black community and contributed to Britain’s development.

This event also marks the launch of WoW’s first ever Black History Month Festival. Join us for a glass of wine or two, great music from DJ Lord Borthbury and lively discussion.

Buy tickets for the 1919 Walking Tour
Saturday 21st October
Time: 1.30pm 
Chinese Arch, Nelson Street, L1 5EW

Come along to the Walking Tour on Friday 21st October at the Chinese Arch, Nelson Street from 1.30pm. Using official reports from the time we will trace the night of the 6th June 1919 visiting the residences of those involved as well as trailing the tragic last movements of Charles Wootton, a 24 year old Bermudan sailor and victim of the 1919 riots, who was chased by a mob and drowned in Queens Dock. He was either swept, thrown or jumped in but once the dock was pelted with rocks. Not a single person was charged in connection with his death and the coroner’s ruling at the time supported this injustice. On the tour we will visit the memorial plaque laid for Charles Wootton by historian David Olusoga just last year.

We will then continue to trace the events of the week following Wootton’s death when large scale racial violence continued and spread into L8. The walking tour is just under 3 miles and accessible to all.

Buy tickets for David Olusoga's Black and British

Saturday 21st October 
Time: 4pm.
Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, L8 1XF

Writing on the Wall and Waterstones present David Olusoga's Black and British: A Forgotten History as part of WoW's Black History Month mini Festival.

Join David Olusoga on 21st October at Toxteth Library from 4pm in exploring and discussing the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean. Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, David Olusoga describes how the lives of black and white Britons have been entwined for centuries. The book is an accompaniment to the highly acclaimed BBC2 series for which David Olusoga organised the commemorative plaque in memory of seafarer Charles Wootton who was murdered in Liverpool during the 1919 race riots.

Buy tickets for Benjamin Zephaniah & the Revolutionary Minds

Saturday 21st October
Time: 7.30pm 
District, 61 Jordan Street, L1 0BW

Pioneering dub poet, writer, social commentator and music maker, Benjamin Zephaniah has teamed up with renowned producer & engineer, The Sea to create the incredibly timely album (and band) - 'Revolutionary Minds'.

 'Revolutionary Minds' is the soundtrack for the modern revolutionist; it will make you feel empowered, hopeful, galvanised to make a difference and make you dance; it’s a dub thing. Amina Atiq and Blue Saint will also be performing. 




Contact WoW

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

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