Board of TrusteesWriting on the Wall’s Board of Trustees are a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of highly motivated people committed to the ethos of WoW. They give their time to support the leadership team and staff and ensure a strong organisational and financial oversight. They are drawn from the social economy, secondary education, higher education, private and community sectors and have the skillset and experience that provides a mix of management and creative insight which has allowed WoW and the annual festival to develop to its current position. The Board has been established since 2002 but have been working together as a team since 2000. The Trustees are:
Lisa McMullan is the Women's Organisation’s Director for Development and Consultancy.
Robyn Donaldson is the Head of Events, Partnerships and Books Prizes at The Orwell Foundation. After completing her MA in Creative Writing, Robyn embarked on a career in literature, working for organisations such as The Poetry Society, BookTrust, Barbican and The Sunday Times. She has curated international programmes of events ranging from the Children’s Laureate’s term 15-17 to the Orwell Foundations’ own Down and Out: LIVE in Paris and London. She has also project managed prizes including The Women’s Prize, The National Poetry Competition and The Ted Hughes Award. She is a proud trustee of Writing on the Wall, Merseyside’s premier literature festival and manages The Sunday Times Short Story Award.
Stuart Borthwick is a senior academic at Liverpool John Moores University. Stuart's academic background is in interdisciplinary cultural studies, particularly the study of popular music and popular culture. In 2004, Stuart co-authored the University music text book “Popular Music Genres: An Introduction” (Edinburgh University Press). More recently, Stuart has developed an interest in the murals of Northern Ireland, and in 2015 published "The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland's Troubles” (Bluecoat Press).
Maura Kennedy has worked extensively as a programmer of literature events in the UK and Ireland. Her previous positions include Literature Programmer in the Bluecoat and Events Manager with The Reader Organisation in Liverpool and Programme Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway, Ireland. She has also worked with adults and young people returning to education. Each year since coming to Liverpool in 2008, Maura looks forward to May when WoW kickstarts summer with serious chat and fun. It’s so exciting to hear in person writers from around the world you have admired – in her case, Walter Mosley, Maram al-Masri, Ahdaf Soueif and many others – alongside emerging voices from the city and further afield, especially when they are voices who have emerged from WoW's projects.
Penny Feeny is a best-selling author who has long been involved in the arts in Liverpool, serving on the boards of the Everyman and Brouhaha International before becoming a trustee of WoW in 2009. She has been an arts administrator, editor, radio presenter and advice worker but now writes full time. Her short stories have won many awards and her first novel, That Summer in Ischia, (Tindal Street Press) topped Amazon’s bestseller list in summer 2011. She is proud to have been involved in WoW’s development and in the delivery of such a range of successful projects – especially those which encourage writing and creativity.
Paul Amann is a policy officer for employment and skills at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. He has been working in the sector for over 20 years and has won the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Best Regeneration and Best Social Housing awards for his work in helping people improve their neighbourhoods. Paul helped set up the first official Liverpool Pride, and is founder of Kop Outs the LGBT+ fan group for LFC. Paul is an active trade unionist and has worked on UNISON’s Black and LGBT+ self organised group national committees. Having attended WoW events for many years and participated in a WoW writing workshop project, Paul is keen to contribute to the continued success of Wow’s work.
Emy Onuora is a writer and academic and is author of Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers and is co-author of Great War to Race Riots. Emy writes and lectures extensively on issues of race and equality, particularly around sport and popular culture. He is a regular contributor and supporter of WoW events and looks forward to helping WoW navigate an exciting future.