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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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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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