T: 0151 703 0020

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Pre-order Pulp Idol - Firsts 2020

Pulp Idol is a novel writing competition run by Liverpool’s longest running writing and literary organisation, Writing on the Wall. Many new novelists, including Ariel Khan - Raising Sparks, James Rice - Alice and the Fly, John Donoghue - The Death’s Head Chess Club and Clare Coombes - Definitions, have found their first success through Pulp Idol. This is a competition that is unearthing the best new novelists from Liverpool and across the country.

Congratulations Kim Wiltshire, the winner of this year’s Pulp Idol 2020 followed by Natalie Denny and Lewis Jennings as joint runners up.  

Pulp Idol was born out of a desire to achieve two things: to give a platform to the literary talent across the region and find an outlet for it by building a bridge between the national publishing industry and Merseyside. We have achieved this and more, with over ten writers finding success through publication and commissions, and more and more agents and publishers looking out for the latest batch of Pulp Idol finalists and signing them up. We now also welcome the many writers taking part from across the country.

You can pre-order Pulp Idol Firsts 2020, click here

29th Jan - Dave Pichilingi: Sound City & more

Dave Pichilingi: Sound City & more
Wednesday 29th January 
Toxteth Library, Windsor St, Liverpool, L8 1XF
6.30pm (doors at 6pm)
£3 Full price
£0 Unemployed 

As part of Enterprise Hub’s business support service MD of the global festival brand Sound City, David Pichilingi will be discussing his  journey as an entrepreneur and his 35 years of professional business experience in the international music business. His career to date has seen him work across records, publishing and the live music environment. Since 2008 he has been MD of the global festival brand Sound City. In 2015 he negotiated an equity share deal for Sound City with Modern Sky China.

He is now CEO of Modern Sky for UK and North America. The primary aim is to build the Modern Sky brand globally focusing primarily on copyright acquisitions and wider IP opportunities.

Apply to join the WoW team with an ILM opportunity

Join the WoW team!

WoW have an exciting opportunity for a new Project assistant to join our growing team. We’re looking for someone with a passion for the arts who needs that first steps support into the sector. You will need to be organised, proactive and a good communicator, providing administrative support for our diverse programme of work including our 2020 Festival and projects such as Write to Work and What’s Your Story?

The role is part of Liverpool City Council’s ILM scheme to support young people aged 16-29 into employment. If you fit the criteria below then send your CV to the ILM team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 24th January.


Employment Contract: Minimum of a 30 week employment contract

Hours: 35 Hours per week
Wage: In line with National Minimum Wage for the age of the person
Important information:
This role is part funded using European Social Fund monies. The purpose of this funding is to support Liverpool resident’s aged 16-29 who are not currently in education, training or employment into work. The project is particular focused on supporting young adults who have added barriers to work including:
• Lone parents
• Care leavers
• Young adults who have a disability or special educational needs
• Young adults who have diagnosed mental health illnesses
• Young adults from black or racial minority backgrounds
• Young adults who have a previous conviction
• Young adults who have been unemployed for either 3 months (if aged 16-17) or 6 months (if aged 18-29)
Before applying for this role please check to ensure you meet the above criteria for the funding. If you have any questions regarding your suitability.  Please contact us via the below email or ring 0151 233 2726 / 0151 233 2691.  Please email CV with employer name & job title in subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Employer details:-

Writing on the Wall is based in Toxteth. We are a well-established community-based arts organisation that has, since 2000, delivered nineteen annual festivals and numerous successful projects with a range of diverse communities. WoW is recognised as one of the region’s most innovative, diverse arts organisations; it is highly respected by artists, communities and local arts and community organisations, as well as official bodies including Liverpool City Council, Culture Liverpool and Arts Council England. Writing on the Wall is now one of the longest-running and most successful small to medium arts organisations in the North-West.
The ILM Role:-
We are looking to recruit a Project Assistant whose role would generally be, although not limited to, supporting the promotion, delivery and evaluation of writing courses and events within a variety of writing based creative projects.
Administrative Support
•Provide administrative and clerical support to WoW team
•To act as first point of contact for all public enquiries, taking details of calls, referring to the relevant staff member where appropriate or providing the necessary information.
•To answer basic enquiries about WoW’s work
•To support the maintenance of computer and paper-based office and administrative systems, including petty cash; incoming / outgoing mail; office equipment and supplies.
Festival, WoW Events and projects
•Working in a team to deliver festival and other events – booking speakers, venues, etc.
•Coordinating travel and hospitality for speakers
•Working with WoW staff to provide marketing information for publicity
•Collating and disseminating information prior to and following events
•Putting together relevant packs
•Collating attendees and updating WoW databases,
•Collating evaluation questionnaires,
•Sending out follow up materials and papers,
•Liaise with project related sessional staff as appropriate
The type of person we are looking for:-
We are looking for someone who is:

  • Interested in working in an office based role providing support to different projects.
  • Able to use computers, particular window applications such as Word and/or Excel
  • Comfortable dealing with members of the public over the phone or in person and/or happy to develop confidence in this area.

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV to the Liverpool City Council ILM Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.making sure you put the job title and employer name in the subject box. 

Closing date for CV's will be 24th January 2020 9:00am

I know, I wish, I will

Writing on the Wall is delighted to be working with Eastside Educational Trust to celebrate their 25th anniversary year (2019). Together we will be assembling thousands of young people from across England and beyond, to create the world’s longest, youth-led, spoken word poem.

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George Garrett Archive Project

The George Garrett Archive project was created by Writing on the Wall to celebrate and preserve the legacy of the Liverpool born writer, George Garrett (1896-1966).

Garrett and Orwell on The One Show!

         Garrett and Orwell’s historic meeting in 1936 featured on The One Show

The George Garrett Archive project was created by Writing on the Wall to celebrate and preserve the legacy of the Liverpool born writer, George Garrett (1896-1966).

On Wednesday 28th November The One showed a short film about when George Orwell met George Garrett, in February 1936 in Liverpool, when Orwell was researching The Road to Wigan Pier.

Richard Blair and Sean Garrett
being filmed in Central Library.

The film features Orwell’s son, Richard Blair and Garrett’s grandson, Sean Garrett, who met in Liverpool to discuss how the lives of the two writers, one, Orwell, who achieved major recognition in his lifetime, and Garrett, who achieved recognition in the late 1930s, but sank into post-war obscurity, crossed in 1936.

George Garrett, Merchant Seaman, writer, playwright and founder member of Liverpool’s Unity Theatre, was a radical activist who travelled the world and wrote a series of short stories, stage plays and documentary reports about poverty and struggle in the 1920’s and 30’s.

George Orwell, who was then researching his seminal work on poverty, The Road to Wigan Pier, was introduced to Garrett, who showed him round Liverpool, visiting the docker’s hiring stands and the new corporation housing, before Garrett dropped him off at Wigan Pier.

Sean Garrett and Richard Blair, George Orwell's son,
holding the original ship in a bottle bought by
George Orwell in Liverpool in 1936.

Garrett took Orwell around Liverpool’s housing estates, to the Docker’s stand and then to Wigan. They appear to have got on well together and sat up in the night discussing literature and politics. Garrett was well-travelled and known for being well-read and would no doubt have been able to hold his own in discussions with Orwell. 

Orwell confessed to ‘being very impressed by Garrett’, even more so when he realised Garrett also wrote under the pseudonym also Matt Low, with more stories published than he previously realised.

Richard Blair holding a picture
of himself 
aged three on Orwell's knee.

‘I urged him to write his autobiography’ wrote Orwell, but, as usual, living in about two rooms on the dole with a wife (who, I gather, objects to his writing) and a number of kids, he finds it impossible to settle to any long work and can only do short stories. Apart from the enormous unemployment in Liverpool it is almost impossible for him to get work because he is blacklisted everywhere as a Communist.’ (Garrett, like many activists had flirted with the Communist party briefly, but was actually a lifelong syndicalist, having joined the Industrial Workers of the World, or The Wobblies, as they were better known, during his time in America in the early 1920s).

In his diaries Orwell wrote that while he was with Garrett, he ‘Bought two brass candlesticks and a ship in a bottle. G considered I was swindled but they are quite nice brass.’ 

In a very touching and fitting end to the day’s filming, Richard Blair produced the very ship in a bottle that Orwell had bought in Liverpool in 1936. Sean was surprised, and probably a little more moved than he would have expected to be. 

Orwell and Garrett never met again, but, inspired by Orwell’s advice and fired up by his view of The Road to Wigan Pier, Garrett did set out to write his autobiography, Ten Years On The Parish. Sadly, it was never published in his lifetime, but, after being rediscovered in a suitcase by the Garrett Archive Project, Liverpool University Press published it in 2017, along with Garrett’s correspondence with his editor John Lehman as Ten Years On The Parish, The Life and Letters of George Garrett.

You can watch the short film here via BBC iplayer 


Writing on the Wall Co-Director Mike Morris with Sean Garrett 
and Richard Blair outside Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

You can find out more about Garrett’s life and work by purchasing Ten Years On The Parish here

The George Garrett Archive Group will be talking about Garrett’s life and work at Liverpool’s Central Library, 6pm, on Wednesday 20th March, and launching a new 8-week education course – all welcome. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Mike Morris, Co-Director, Writing on the Wall. www.writingonthewall.org.uk

Since 2013 a team of volunteers – The Garretteers – have been collecting, collating Garrett’s archive, which is now available for viewing and research In Liverpool’s record Office, based on the 3rd floor of Liverpool’s central Library. In 2017 Liverpool University Press published Ten Years On The Parish, The Autobiography and Letters of George Garrett. The project has published An Introduction to George Garrett, produced two rehearsed readings of his plays Two Tides and Flowers and Candles, held numerous exhibitions and talks, created an installation in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University’s John Lennon Art and Design Academy, and delivered school-based educational and literacy projects – George Garrett, The Travelling Man.

Click here to buy Ten Years on the Parish

If you would like to find out more information about the project, and/or book speakers or commission a project for your organisation or event, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to go to The George Garrett Archive Project Website