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WoW Festival 2012 - Below Decks

WoW Festival is over for another year. We had a fabulous month featuring many brilliant writers, stimulating readings and debates, film nights, theatre and the odd drink or two along the way.

The Pulp Idol Final was one of our best, with a hotly fought competition of really excellent new writers reading from their (as yet) unpublished novels. The judges took an age to decide, but settled upon John Gale as their winner, with Nathanial and Chris from HMP Liverpool (Walton) as runners up. Adam Baird was awarded the prize of the place on a writing residential at Ty Newydd (National Writing Centre Wales).

Congratulations to Karl Russell, Clare Kirwan and Clive Roberts, who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at our superb final event of our Flash Fiction at the End of the World Competition. Competition was fierce and the readings were excellent. Our guest judge, X-men writer, Mike Carey, admitted it was hard to select the final three.
Mike Carey and Flash Fiction Winners
During the festival we published over 120 Flash Fiction stories as part of our 'End of the World' competition, and now we have published this new writing on the wall at FACT on Wood Street. All the stories are up in the bar area and you can view them between now and the 18th May.

Festival Highlights

We've had some truly inspiring and fascinating discussions, debates and performances this year. From our Rebel Rant with Benjamin Zephaniah on multiculturalism to WoW's War Tour with Brian Turner,  our feminism panel From Spare Rib to Slutwalks to our Hacked Off panel featuring Tom Watson MP and Stepping Hill nurse Rebecca Leighton, Pauline Black's performance and discussion on her book Black by Design to Ahdaf Soueif and Bidisha discussing the Arab Spring in Egypt, our brilliant panel on the demonsation of the working class Chavs, Scavs and Hijabs to our two hugely successful competitions Pulp Idol and Flash Fiction at the End of the World.

An absolutely fantastic festival this year, keep a look out for WoW events later in the year!

Thank you!

Firstly we'd like to thank this year's festival guests for being involved in some brilliant events, and all our volunteers for helping to run the events, a special mention to Shelagh Cullity and Debra Williams, who were a massive help in organising our Flash Fiction and Pulp Idol competitions. Warm thanks to the Garrett family for bringing to light a wonderful archive of the writer George Garrett and for working with WoW to exhibit this in the Bluecoat. WoW would also like to thank our partners - Diverse Voices, The Reader, FACT, Alt Valley Skills Centre, Liverpool John Moores University, Urbeatz and Bighouse Arts. A big thanks to all our sponsors and venues, and to our funders Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

Thanks to everyone who attended the festival this year and for all the support that makes Writing on the Wall Festival a success year after year.

Mike, Greg and Mike - WoW Team 2012  The WoW Team