StaffWriting on the Wall’s staff team are young, dynamic, creative, hardworking, and committed to ensuring WoW’s work is of the highest quality and always engages local, diverse communities. The team have multiple skills and interest – writing, spoken word, design and publishing, festival and event organisation and delivery. Sometimes the shine individually on the projects they are assigned to, but always work as a collective to make WoW’s events professional and welcoming. This young team, with a skillset that allows them to their hand to finance, fundraising, website copy and design and social media, as well as working with the Co-Directors to develop our strategic aims, are the future of arts organisation and administration. They make a daily difference to our project participants, our partners and our festival audiences, through the inspirational projects, events, showcases and book launches they deliver every year.
Madeline Heneghan became WoW’s first full-time Festival Director in 2006 and was ultimately responsible for the delivery of the annual month-long Festival and all WoW projects. Madeline has an MA in American Literature and History, and prior to joining Madeline was the Action Plan Coordinator for The Black and Racial Minority Network. As a former Equalities Consultant, Madeline gained a thorough understanding of the needs and preferences of different communities and hard to reach groups. Her excellent community engagement skills and expertise in diversity and audience development have been the driving force behind WoW’s growth and its diverse audiences. In 2017, after WoW were judged ‘Outstanding’ in by Arts Council England under their ‘Creative Case for Diversity‘ criteria, she was invited to become a ‘critical friend’ for the Creative Case in the North. Madeline has organised and led on many festival events and projects. Most recently Madeline and has written and published, with Emy Onuara, a book based on the findings of the Great War to Race Riots Creative Heritage Project. Madeline is now delivering our latest Creative Heritage Project based on the archives of the Liverpool 8 Law Centre, and working to shape WoW’s long-term strategy and development.
Mike Morris is a founder member of WoW and has a background in community activity, in education - working as a Learning Mentor in Anfield CC School, and film-making as a writer on Dockers (Channel 4, 2000), and as co-director and producer of a ground-breaking documentary, Liverpool’s Cunard Yanks (Granada, 2008). He studied Literature & American Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and has an MA in Creative Writing. He is a playwright, with his first play Waiting for Brando, which he wrote and produced, appearing at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre in 2012 and 2013, followed by a short tour of UK theatres. His second play, Subterranean Theatre: The Maurie, based on a short story by George Garrett, was produced as a site-specific piece in Liverpool’s Cunard Building during the city’s Three Queens celebrations in 2915. Mike created WoW's Pulp Idol competition and is responsible for the editing and publishing of WoW's annual Pulp Idol - Firsts (a book of the finalists’ First Chapters) and leads on WoW’s publishing strategy. Mike created and directed the George Garrett Archive Project and is currently working with actor and director Raymond Waring to produce George Garrett’s second play, Flowers and Candles, for June 2018. Mike is also working with Madeline on WoW’s long-term strategic aims and development.
Emma Hulme is now the Programme Manager at WoW where she leads on many successful projects, including, What's Your Story?, Superheroes: Words are our Power and many more. She graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama and then returned to Liverpool to work freelance with several local organisations.
Pangea International Slam Winner Ciarán Hodgers is WoW’s Project Manager. He joined in 2017 and now leads on the co-ordination of WoWFest. He studied Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and his book of poetry will be published in October 2018.
Alice Mason graduated from Royal Holloway, having studied Drama and Creative Writing. She joined WoW in 2017 as Administrator and Social Media Editor and is now Digital Editor at WoW. She is now producing a WoW podcast and writes fiction in her spare time.
Katrina Paterson has completed a MA in Screenwriting at John Moores University. She is WoW’s Designer and Project Worker and enjoys screenwriting in her spare time.
Lauren Buxton joined the WoW team in 2017 as the Project and Social Media Worker, having previously been a participant on the first Write to Work course.
Stephanie Braithwaite recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. She joined WoW in November 2018 and works as their Project Assistant. She writes both poetry and fiction, and has had her poetry published in The Moth and Lighthouse Journal.