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).
Our book launch for TranScripts writers was a fantastic success with writers performing their work they produced during the project. It was held at the Museum of Liverpool as part of Liverpool Mental Health Consortium's festival.
During Liverpool Pride, writers from the TranScripts project also presented readings from their newest collaborative project TranScripts at the Headpsace Hangar.
This innovative 8 week writing project was delivered with individuals who identity as transgender with Marjorie Morgan, who’s recently been shortlisted for the prestigious Kenneth Branagh Award.
This episode, we talk to Imogen, Ruth and Alex.
Hi Andy, tell us a little bit about your book! (Or as much as you’re allowed to!)
Breaking the Lore is a fantasy crime comedy. This might not even be a genre – it is now! I have deliberately mixed things up in order to produce something a bit different. It is intended to appeal to people who enjoy well-constructed fantasy that doesn’t always take itself too seriously. Having said that, the draft has been enjoyed by beta readers of all ages, both sexes, and who read a variety of different genres; so I think it has a lot of crossover appeal too.
WoWFEST 2019 Where Are We Now? Festival Programme
Writing on the Wall, Liverpool’s longest running writing & literary organisation, announce our 20th annual festival programme: WoWFEST 2019 – Where Are We Now? ft.Jo Brand, Peter Tatchell, Ben Okri, Kit De Waal, Jennifer Makumbi,Dina Nayeri, Cheryl Martin, Tony Platt, Phil Scraton, Lynsey Hanley, Laura Waddell, Bahriye Kemal, Paul Scraton, Gary Budden, Kerry Hudson, Dave Ward, James Meek, Ros Wynne Jones, Costas Lapavitsas, Anita Sethi and Jess Green.
Change is in the air. All that is solid, like the icecaps, is melting into air. Things fall apart - can the centre hold? The rich are getting richer, but otherwise uncertainty is the order of the day; Brexit, climate change, class, feminism, gender, race, populism, fake news, digital surveillance, and more, much more, are changing and challenging all our old conceptions. The stage is now set at WoWFEST 19 to seek answers to the question ‘Where Are We Now?’
Previous WoWFest guests:
There isn't another writing festival in England as good as Writing on the Wall - Irvine Welsh
WoWFest is amplifying a the voices that need to be heard. They aim to empower and connect the writer with the audience is which is where the ideas can be explored face to face. This is how it should be! - Stephen James Smith
The WoW festival is always brilliant, inspiring and thought-provoking. Every year there is a wealth of debate, discussion, celebration and exploration of the issues of the day. It's always varied and interesting - and brilliantly organised. - Bidisha
The mix of different writers, events and other activities, all rooted in the community of Liverpool, is what makes WoWFest such a fantastic festival to be part of. The conversations we had both during the event and in the pub afterwards will live long in the memory. Thanks to the whole team for everything they do, both during the festival and throughout the year. Liverpool and literature are all the richer because of it. - Paul Scraton
After attending for my first time this year, WoW has fast found its place as one of my favourite ever festivals - its as engaging and entertaining as it is crucial - Yomi Adegoke
A stimulating, radical, accessible ideas space which doesn't take itself too seriously. WoWFest is a great event which I'm so pleased to be part of. - Kate Evans
It was such an honour to be part of WoWFest18. It is a truly diverse festival run brilliantly by a team that is so clearly passionate about making connections between writers and readers from all kinds of backgrounds without exception. Many other literary festivals could learn a thing or two from WoWFest! I'd love to be involved again if they'll have me. - Sharon Dougal