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Superhero needed to deliver WoW’s Super Heroes: Words Are Our Power schools project!

Writing on the Wall awarded £239,000 by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver Super Heroes Project over four years in Merseyside Schools
 
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We are thrilled to announce that we have been successfully awarded £239,000 by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation to expand our hugely successful Super heroes: Words are our Power project in schools in Merseyside. The funding will provide a new job opportunity for a Schools Coordinator to join their dynamic staff team and oversee this exciting project.

Super Heroes: Words are our Power is a literacy project that will allow primary school children in Merseyside to find the Super Hero within, using writing and creativity for the greater good, changing how we view and understand creative education in in schools. As part of the Arts Based Learning More and Better Fund, WoW will be working in eight primary schools in Merseyside to provide arts based learning through creative writing, poetry, spoken word and illustration. 


MAIN PURPOSE

To coordinate and deliver the next stage of WoW’s schools project Super Heroes: Words are our Power funded by a More and Better grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The strategic development of the Super Heroes project in conjunction with WoW Programme Manager, Co-Directors, staff and Trustees
  • The creation and implementation of project activities, liaising with schools to create project delivery plans and schemes of work
  • Coordinating the work of sessional writers and artists
  • Ensuring all school children are fully engaged in the project activities.
  • Overseeing the development of partnership working with schools, ensuring all schools’ work is developed in accordance with project plans and objectives
  • Overseeing the creation and publishing of new work developed by pupils during the project
  • Supervising documentation of evaluation material and liaising with WoW’s Programme Manager and Independent Evaluator to ensure a successful ongoing evaluation
  • Developing and coordinating public events, showcases and celebration events to ensure the recognition and long-term legacy of the project
  • Day to day management of the project finances ensuring they remain within projected budgets
  • To support and liaise with WoW staff on all other projects and events, including WoWFest throughout May

To apply please download and fill out this form and email for the attention of Emma Hulme to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 1st March 2019, 12pm 

Interviews to take place the 7th March.


 
 
 
 
 

City of Light, City of Sanctuary

‘Downtown. Lights on buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.’

Stephen Chbosky


I remember reading this as a teenager, not necessarily my favourite of books, but it resonated with me, stirring something that began my life-long fascination with cities.

When the Lantern Company approached us at Writing on the Wall (WoW) to partner on this project, City of Light, City of Sanctuary, I jumped at the chance. Obviously, the idea of a floating city of lanterns captivated me but it was the opportunity to talk to people and communities about cities, about what they mean to us. An opportunity to share memories, some positive, some painful, to create new, exciting work and then go on to record it all. That to me, seemed like the perfect project.

WoW worked alongside four wonderful writers, Cheryl Martin, Ashleigh Nugent, Jeff Young and Lizzie Nunnery, to deliver writing workshops with people from across our city. Some had been here all their lives, some were newly arrived, some were here for shelter, others found love and never left. It was a melting pot of experiences and that was what made it so important.

There is something about being in a city isn’t there? Completely surrounded by life but also being entirely alone at the same time. Somewhere were anything is possible. Cities can be a source of great joy, nights out when lights, and memories, blur into one, journeying out into new streets in unknown places, but they can also be a place of great pain. Stories of isolation, fear and loss littered this project but there was an overwhelming sense of resilience and happiness too.

My previous jobs have given me the great pleasure of working with people from all over the world, particularly with people who have come to this city to seek refuge, in search of support or a ‘better life’, whatever that may mean. I know all to well the importance of community and acceptance, feeling like we belong. That can be a long, fraught process for some but I think this project offered an opportunity to support existing communities and to create new ones, to have others not only listen to our stories but understand our experience.

And it isn’t just people coming into our city that found a voice through this project, as we get older there can be a sense that we lose a connection to the places we live. They change before us, as do our lives, our bodies, our health, our relationships to ourselves and our cities, often without our approval. Memories and stories from older communities were vital to building this project, bringing together the young and the old, the new and the traditional and realising that cities belong to everyone and should welcome us all.

We laughed, we cried, but most importantly we shared. And that is the power of telling our stories. Standing up and being heard. We are part of the fabric of this city, our memories line its streets and long after we have gone our words will remind those after us that we were here.

Emma Hulme

Programme Manager


Writing on the Wall are partnering with Lantern Company to bring you City of Light, City of Sanctuary, a magical floating city of lanterns on the park’s boating lake from 20th to 24th February. Find out more about the spectacular events and book your tickets here 

 

Writing on the Wall awarded £239,000 by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that we have been successfully awarded £239,000 by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation to expand our hugely successful Super Heroes: Words are our Power project in schools in Merseyside. The funding will provide a new job opportunity for a Schools Coordinator to join their dynamic staff team and oversee this exciting project. Super Heroes: Words are our Power is a literacy project that will allow primary school children in Merseyside to find the Super Hero within, using writing and creativity for the greater good, changing how we view and understand creative education in in schools. As part of the Arts Based Learning More and Better Fund, WoW will be working in eight primary schools in Merseyside to provide arts based learning through creative writing, poetry, spoken word and illustration.

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Funded by The Arts Council
 
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3: The back of Matt left, Mandy sitting at table with Perkins Brailler in front of her and arms stretched out, on right. 

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Please introduce yourself.

Hello, I’m editor of New Humanist - a magazine of ideas, science and culture that began publication in 1885, although I obviously haven’t been editor for that long - and a freelance writer and reporter who contributes to the Guardian and London Review of Books among others. I’m also the author of two books: Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain’s Far Right (Verso, 2012), and Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe (Picador, 2018).
 

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