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For all our Black History Month events click here or go to www.wowfest.uk 

Reflections Book Launch
13th November

Doors from 6.30pm, start at 7pm
Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, L8 7PE

Come along to the book launch of Reflections on Wednesday 13th November, from our flagship What’s Your Story? project which showcases eleven new talented writers. WoW’s What’s Your Story? writing programme has now been running for over several years working with diverse communities across Liverpool.

During the twelve-week project the participants engaged with course tutors Jeff Young (LJMU Lecturer and Writer), Ginni Manning (ASSITEJ Award winning playwright) and Cheryl Martin (Director, writer and poet).

Writing on the Wall is proud to work in partnership with Unison on this flagship project. Join us in celebrating this incredible anthology and have your chance to meet the all the writers. Doors open from 6.30pm and the event starts promptly at 7pm.

Hostile Environment: How Immigrants became Scapegoats
Maya Goodfellow in conversation
Monday 18th November
School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Tickets: £8/£5

The UK government proudly calls the aim of its immigration policy to be the creation of a “hostile environment, ” while refugees drown in the Mediterranean and Britain votes to leave the EU against claims that “swarms” of migrants are entering Britain. Meanwhile, study after study confirms that immigration is not damaging the UK’s economy, nor putting a strain on public services, but immigration is blamed for all of Britain’s ills. Yet concerns about immigration are deemed “legitimate” across the political spectrum, with few exceptions. How did we get here?
Through interviews with leading policy-makers, asylum seekers, and immigration lawyers, Maya Goodfellow illuminates the dark underbelly of contemporary immigration policies. A nuanced analysis of the UK’s immigration policy from the 1960s onwards, Hostile Environment links immigration policy and the rhetoric of both Labour and Tory governments to the UK’s colonial past and its imperialist present. Goodfellow shows that distinct forms of racism and dehumanisation directly resulted from immigration policy, and reminds us of the human cost of concessions to anti-immigration politics.
Join us to hear Maya Goodfellow discuss the book with Emy Onuora.

Chris Nineham: 'The British State - A Warning' Book Launch
Monday 25th November
Waterstones Liverpool One, 12 College Ln, Liverpool L1 3DL

Join us on Monday 4th November for an evening with Chris Nineham, in-conversation with Alan Gibbons. This event is in partnership with Writing on the Wall, and will be from 6-8pm.

What happens if a radical government gets elected in Britain? How will the banks, the civil servants, the media and the military react? Is the idea of a British coup farfetched? How can the left prepare?
Chris Nineham addresses these questions by looking behind the myths at the reality of two hundred years of British state rule. He brings us a warning from history. Don’t be fooled again, read this book.



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

Writing on the Wall awarded £239,000 by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver Super Heroes Project over four years in Merseyside Schools

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. 


Esmée Fairburn Foundation

Esmée Fairburn Foundation award Writing on the Wall £154,500 over three years towards core costs to support the organisation’s work developing literature and literacy with diverse communities in Liverpool. The three-year grant allows WoW to secure the full-time employment of two young women, Lauren Buxton and Katrina Paterson, who were previously employed through the Ways to Work Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) Scheme, designed to reach unemployed young people in Liverpool.

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WoWcast: Listen to our first podcast

We have created our very new podcast, WoWcast. Every month, we will be interviewing the people we work with and finding out more about their story - whether they have been guests, participants or have volunteered with us. Ariel Kahn is our first guest on this episode, he is a published author of Raising Sparks, which has been shortlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, as well as being a Pulp Idol finalist in 2017. Keep your ears open for more episodes to follow. 

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Black History Month at WoW

As part of Black History Month, Writing on the Wall are planning a series of exciting events with a focus on the legacy of the Liverpool 8 Law Centre, a screening of a new film based on the 1919 Race Riots with the return of the hugely successful Walking Tour tracing the events of this watershed moment and the launch of a debut novel by a local author. 

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Lights in the Distance - Migration History on our Shores

On Thursday 11th October, Toxteth library hosted a very important conversation regarding two era-defining issues: migration and Brexit. Appropriately hosted by WoW (Writing on the Wall) as a part of their Black History Month series, journalist Daniel Trilling,social and urban geographer Dr Arshad Isakjee, reader in human geography Dr Kathy Burrell and PhD candidate/author Emy Onuora,joined in a dialogue exploring European migration history. All panellists were in conversation with Lida Amiri, STAR (Student Action for Refugees) member and PhD candidate, who studies literature by translingual authors of Afghanistani origin. The panel discussion covered Trilling’s latest publication Lights in the Distance, Dr Isakjee’s viewpoint on migration and memories, Burrell’s insight into European migration in relation to her recent interviews with Polish migrants and important relevant historical context about black history in Liverpool from Onuora.


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17th November: 'Measuring Up'

Measuring Up
In partnership with The Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Funded by The Arts Council
Performance Saturday 17th November
Ev1 2.30pm and 7.30pm
As part of DaDa Fest 2018

Photographs by AB Photography:
1: Stephanie standing on the left, mandy sitting on right leaning forward, with tape measure stretched horizontally in front of her.
 2: Craig playing guitar on left, Mandy kneeling on one knee centre, with Perkins Brailler on table right.
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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Daniel Trilling: 'We haven’t reconciled with Britain’s history as an empire'

WoW sat down with journalist and writer, Daniel Trilling to talk about Lights in the Distance - Migration History on our Shores, an event on migration history which will take place on 11th October as part of WoW's Black History Month festival. You can buy tickets here for the event

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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