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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.

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WoWCast: Episode 2 with TranScripts Writers

We have a special 2 part podcast for TranScripts, one of our most recent writing projects for writers who identify as Trans. TranScripts was in partnership with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium. Come along to the launch of their anthology on 14th October (Museum of Liverpool, 3pm), as part of Liverpool Mental Health Consortium's festival which launches on 10th October. 

This episode, we talk to Imogen, Ruth and Alex. 

WoW Work Experience: Blog by Holly Millne

My couple of days working at Writing on the Wall has been an insightful experience as to what working in a small office might be like, as I have never been in one before. The office environment is friendly but quiet, however there are many things that go on outside the office to take part in. For example: one morning I went to Leamington primary school to hand out books of the children’s work, where they had written stories and designed comic strips about super heroes. This is just one of the many project that they do at Writing on the Wall and it was a great experience as I got to see what sort of events go on outside the office and see how much enjoyment the children got out of it as well.

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Liverpool Mental Health Consortium - Wellbeing Survey

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium has been finding creative ways to talk about wellbeing for over 20 years. They co-ordinate conferences, events & workshops, provide training & undertake research, public health promotion & lobbying. They also run the annual Liverpool Mental Health Festival & Mad Pride event. Their latest project involves working closely with us, other Liverpool Festivals & with the University of Liverpool. They want to understand the sources of anxiety/stress in local communities, how this affects daily life, & ways of coping.The information gathered in this survey is anonymous. By answering these questions, you'll be helping us to make positive changes to community wellbeing.

Click here to complete the survey

Andy Redsmith: Breaking the Lore

WoW sat down with Andy Redsmith who is releasing his novel Breaking the Lore with Canelo in spring next year. Andy was a finalist in Pulp Idol 2017. 

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.

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An Interview with Marcello Di Cintio for WoWFest 2018

We spoke with multi award winning Canadian writer Marcello DI Cintio, ahead of his upcoming in conversation with internationally acclaimed Palestinian poet and writer Mourid Barghouti, which will be a moving and insightful discussion on exile, displacement, belonging and political turmoil. A truly one-of-a-kind event featuring a voice of a generation. In this interview Marcello speaks about his own writing life, what our WoWFest - Crossing Borders theme means to him and how it relates not only with his upcoming conversation with Mourid Barghouti but also to the world today.

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Writing for Work and Unite the Union

Write for Work is a dynamic initiative that supports you to develop and strengthen your writing skills for the workplace and beyond. With the rise of social media, advancement of technologies and the increasing demand on us to diversify our skillsets, good writing skills have become essential. Individuals and organisations are now required to engage, challenge and share ideas or work through a vast variety of forums and platforms, all the while keeping up with relevant online advancements. Using creative writing techniques and a groupwork methodology, Write for Work has been designed to support already employed learners to upskill and apply new writing techniques to their existing roles. Read the blog below written by Billy Butterworth

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Where are we now?


Writing on the Wall, Liverpool’s longest running writing & literary organisation, delivered the 20th annual festival programme: WoWFEST 2019 – Where Are We Now? ft.Jo Brand, Mike Leigh, Will Self, Munroe Bergdorf, Peter Tatchell, Billy Bragg, Ben Okri, Kit De Waal, Helen Pankhurst, Jennifer MakumbiDina 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. 

WoWFEST19 ended on 30th May with Celeste Bell and Zoë Howe at the British Music Experience for an event dedicated to punk icon Poly Styrene. This year we have held over 60 events throughout May. We’ve had a fantastic time bringing some of the best writers, spoken word artists, poets, journalists, commentators, activists to Liverpool, including Billy Bragg,Will SelfJo BrandMike LeighPeter Tatchell and Helen Pankhurst. From Catalonia to Tehran, Brexit to Grime,  the Environmental Crisis to Queer Are We Now?, we hope we’ve achieved our aim of delivering one of the best writing and literary festivals in the UK. Keep in touch and look out for more projects and events coming your way soon. Thanks to you all our guests, our audiences, our volunteers, our partners -  The Women's Org, Clear Lines Festival, Comma Press, Visiting Arts, ICSL, Central Library, University of Liverpool, LAAF, Unity Theatre, Radisson Blu, Hope Street Hotel, Waterstones; and to our sponsors – Edge Hill University ICE, ACE, City Council and The Granada Foundation – we couldn't have done it without you!

Some audience responses to WoWFEST19...


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


Rest in Peace Linda Meagor

We are so, so sad at hearing the news of Linda Meagor’s death, a sadness that we know is being shared across the whole of the artistic and cultural community in Merseyside. We first met Linda in late 2014, when she was working for Culture Liverpool, and was helping us find a venue for one of our festival events. We were struck by her enthusiasm, commitment and shining personality. From then on, we – I say we – all the WoW team past and present, collectively and individually, became friends with Linda; how could you not be friends with her? She had a unique ability to be knowledgeable about the arts, an astute and highly organised organiser, and always retain her sense of balance, never ‘losing it’ as is so often the case when we’re all under the usual insane pressures of festival and event delivery, and keep her sense of fun, with her own great laugh.

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