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Word Up! on Light Night

Friday 15th May


WoW’s Young Writers return to Central Library’s roof terrace to perform under the stars during Liverpool’s Light Night Celebrations. Enjoy these talented young writers perform original spoken word with a New York style edge. Featuring performances from Daniel Blue Saint, NYC based spoken word artist and hip-hop violinist, Shayshahn 'Phearnone' MacPherson and Manchester-based Young Identity.


Daniel Blue Saint joined our Young Writers Group in 2007 who were collectively nominated for a BeMOBO award at the MOBO ceremonies held in Liverpool in October 2010.  The members of the group performed at the WoW Festival, Liverpool Sound City, The Heritage Lottery Celebration, Brouhaha Festival and most recently at Liverpool’s Slavery Remembrance Day. An outstanding young talent, Daniel Blue Saint has gone on to be awarded the 2014 Winner of Merseyrail Soundstation. Find out more here.


Shayshahn MacPherson, spoken word artist and violinist joins WoW Festival all the way from the Bronx, New York City to bring a touch of New York to Liverpool for Light night. Shayshahn has worked with many outstanding artists including Eryka Badu, Bobby Valentino and Angie Stone, performing internationally with the classical Theatre of Harlem. Find out more here.


Manchester based spoken word group, Young Identity join the party to share their talents alongside our very own Young Writers. Young Identity is a twenty-six strong group of young writers led by the senior coordinators, Shirley May and Ali Gadema. Formed in Moss Side, Manchester in 2006, the creative project includes poetry, script writing and performances. Young Identity supports teenagers and young adults by using poetry, prose and performance to expose young people’s issues locally, nationally and internationally. We assist members in writing about subjects that may have a direct impact on their future, giving them a platform from which their voices can be heard. By engaging its members with the arts, Young Identity promotes inclusion and community. Workshops are aimed at those primarily from disadvantaged areas, encouraging literacy and analysis amongst young people. The project is a powerful voice in improving social awareness and communication skills. Find out more here.

This event is part of LightNight, Liverpool’s onenight arts & culture festival which sees Liverpool’s museums, art galleries, libraries and more open until late evening for an array of performances, walks, talks and tours. Find out more about Culture Liverpool’s Light Night at http://www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk/


8pm till late. Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW. Free

This project is kindly sponsored by Liverpool Mutual Homes and Steve Biko Housing Association. 

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