Our first Enterprise Hub event for 2018 was on Wednesday 24th January at Central Library, and featured acclaimed novelist Tony Schumacher in-conversation with WoW Co-Director Mike Morris. They talked about his latest novel, An Army of One, which concludes his enthralling John Rossett trilogy and Tony's own journey of how he became a writer. There was certainly a buzz for this event. This event was part of Enterprise Hub's Start Up Festival that took place all over the city. There was also a chance to sign up for the next Enterprise Hub drop in session at Writing on the Wall, which focuses on giving creative, business advice.
The Liverpool 8 Law Centre was one of the most significant community organisations in the city. To a community who bore the brunt of high unemployment and government spending cuts combined with institutionalised racism, it provided support, legal advice and sanctuary. The exciting new Heritage Lottery funded L8 Archives Project will explore, collate and catalogue the collections of the Liverpool 8 law centre and other key community organisations. Using existing material and through the creation of new audio and visual recordings, a unique and important archive will be produced, charting the history, events and influences that have led to the diversity of cultures which make up the Liverpool 8 community and BAME Communities across the City. Writing on the Wall are currently recruiting participants to support this exciting project who wish to gain new skills.
· Take part in a 10-week taught course on the historic context of the archive led by local writer Emy Onuora and WoW Co-Director Madeline Heneghan
· Receive training in archiving, cataloguing and video interviewing
· Catalogue and archive community material under the guidance of a professional archivist
· Interview key individuals related to and inspired by the archive
· Deliver their own Local History project
- The first session will be take place on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at Toxteth Library (Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1XF) from 6-8pm.
Hope and Two Sugars and Tapestry are now online to buy on Amazon. Get a copy, support new writing and read these innovative, heartfelt stories.
Hope and Two Sugars features the stories of kinship carers - grandparents caring for their grandchildren. The book highlights the simplistic things in life, from first jobs and cinema trips to wishes of hope and heartwarming poetry, written by the grandparents and their grandchildren too.
The writers in Tapestry have found their voice, have created stories, memoir and poems and, during this creative journey, found they had something worth saying. The course is funded by the Liverpool City Region ESF Community Grants.
Final plans are being put in place for Liverpool to stage an ambitious and forward looking culture programme to mark the tenth anniversary of its reign as European Capital of Culture.
Details of Liverpool 2018 - the year-long celebration of the city’s thriving creative scene - will be announced in January. This will be when the city gears up to once again step into the international spotlight and showcase its extraordinary culture offer, while looking forward to the next decade of cultural innovation.
A number of major projects within the programme have already been announced including;
- China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors - coming to the UK for the first time in a generation
- The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta linking Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux on 25 – 28 May
- The finale of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race which is set to race back onto the Mersey in late July
- The Clothes Show which returns to the city for a second year from 19-21 October
- Tate Liverpool’s 30th anniversary programme including an Egon Schiele retrospective
- Liverpool Biennial’s 10th edition presenting leading visual artists from across the world takes place over 15 weeks
- Rewire – A major new art and technology commission led by FACT with Invisible Flock, working with artists from across the globe and communities in Toxteth
Alongside this, Liverpool 2018 will also showcase premieres across the worlds of entertainment and sport, new major public artworks, some extraordinary one-off music moments and four artistic seasons each bursting with new commissions exploring:
· China Dream – showcasing the best of modern Chinese culture
· The Future World of Work - what does this mean for society
· The Art of Football - the global relationship with the beautiful game
· Nineteen Eighteen (working title) - the centenary of the end of the First World War
The city’s unrivalled festival offer - from Africa Oye and Liverpool International Music Festival right through to Milapfest – will mark the year with some of their most ambitious line ups ever, while brand new music events - including a piano festival like no other - will reinforce Liverpool’s position as a UNESCO City of Music.
To add to that, the team behind Liverpool 2018 can reveal plans for Easter Fire - a collaboration with renowned live event creators Walk the Plank. Easter Fire at St George’s Hall will take place during the Easter holidays, creating a world of fire, entertainment and gastronomy. Famous for their spectacular live performances, Walk the Plank are promising to create a unique experience in one of the hidden gems of the city. Tickets for the event and further details will be available from Friday 8 December.
Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, said: “European Capital of Culture was an extraordinary year for this city, but it was never just about 2008 – it was about the legacy that followed.
“Culture has been the backbone of Liverpool’s renaissance over the past decade, and Liverpool 2018 is a chance for us to recognise the growth in confidence, ambition, creativity and cultural engagement which is seen in every corner of Liverpool – putting us quite rightly as a cultural exemplar on a national and international stage.
“Liverpool 2018 is an opportunity for us to once again roll out the red carpet for people to come and visit for the first time, or to rediscover what we believe is the most exciting destination in the UK.
“Some of the projects which we will be announcing in the New Year really do raise the bar and it will be an incredible time for residents and visitors who will undoubtedly travel from across the world to experience how Liverpool puts on a show.”
Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said: “The City Region Combined Authority is delighted to be supporting Liverpool 2018 with £5 million from our Single Investment Fund.
“It will kick-start a new cultural journey for the whole of the city region and it is my ambition that all areas feel the same benefits as Liverpool has done in the last decade. This region is blessed with a huge depth of talent and it is our job to provide the platforms to showcase that creativity and encourage participation. I was Lord Mayor in 2008 and saw first-hand the impact celebrating culture had on people and communities.
“I very much look forward to another outstanding year of culture that will hopefully enrich and improve the lives of all who live and visit here.”
Claire McColgan MBE, Liverpool’s Director of Culture, said: ‘Liverpool has been defined by culture for centuries, from our incredible architecture and galleries to major live events which turn the city into a playground. It is the most powerful way to tell our story across Europe and the world, and is central to the image of modern Liverpool.
“The last decade has seen such incredible growth in our cultural scene, it is right that we use this anniversary to celebrate the extraordinary organisations which make this city the most exciting in the UK, but also it is crucial that we use it as a chance to look forward to the next ten years and challenge ourselves to imagine what we might look like and can achieve by 2028.”
John Wassell from Walk the Plank said: “We worked on the opening event of European Capital of Culture and have watched on admiringly as Liverpool’s cultural sector has grown from strength to strength ever since. Walk the Plank perform all over the world, and Liverpool’s name is synonymous with ambitious cultural events wherever we go, so it’s exciting to return a decade since we were last here and to bring something never seen before as part of this truly bumper year!”
The official launch of the first half of the programme will be made on 11 January 2018, ten years to the day since the ‘People’s Opening’ which launched European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The GREAT Britain campaign is an official partner of the Liverpool 2018 programme and will use its impressive reach across the tourism, culture, investment, export, trade and education sectors to promote Liverpool’s programme and position it as a must-visit destination.
For more information on already released projects and to help plan your visit to Liverpool go to www.visitliverpool.com/2018.
For more information, please contact Sarah Latcham, Communications Officer, on 0151 233 0071 or 077936 60570.
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Missed the book launches for Write to Work's Mosaics and The Last Word last week? Buy your copy of each book by clicking on the covers. You won't regret it! Both books are filled with talent, creativity from new, different and exciting voices.
Mosaics is the first book from Write to Work. The course is funded by the Liverpool City Region ESF Community Grant.
On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily.
Gary Younge will be in conversation with WoW's very own Madeline Heneghan, Co-director of Writing on the Wall.
Further details: 0151 709 9820
Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and Writing on the Wall celebrated the launch of the soundscape: Finding Some Way Through (A City of the Mind), created by project participants, led by composer and musical director Patrick Dineen.
On Monday 16th January at The Rotunda Cafe, we had an excellent turn out, full of enthusiasm and thought-provoking listeners willing to add their own 'inner city' thoughts to the city the participants had already created.
If you missed out on hearing the piece, it is now available to listen to on the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium's Soundcloud.
Writing on the Wall have recruited a new Project Manager and an Administrator and Social media Editor. The standard of the many applicants for the posts was very high, and we're grateful to all those who applied. Both of our new staff members start in the next few weeks and we look forward to welcoming them to our team and introducing them to you.