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First festival names in WoWFest19: Jo Brand, Ben Okri, Peter Tatchell

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 for WoWFest19 to seek answers to the question..

Tuesday 14th May 
7.30pm (Doors at 7pm)

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1 9BP
Born Lippy: Jo Brand in Conversation
Sometimes it's hard to be a woman and sometimes it's time to be a hard woman.
Comedy’s finest Jo Brand gets gobby, as she brings Born Lippy, her straight-talking, darkly funny guide to life to WoWFEST ‘19. Join her in conversation with Emmerdale Brookside, Doctors and Waterloo Road actress, Eithne Browne as she discusses how to do female. Ticket Prices £23.5/£17.50 (Including Advance book order) £16/£10.

Wednesday 15th May
Queer Are We Now?: Peter Tatchell, Keynote Speech 
7.30pm (Doors at 7pm)
LEAF, 65-67 Bold Street, L1 4EZ

The Stonewall rebellion sparked the momentous gay liberation movement, one of the most important events in LGBTQIA+ history. 50 years on – as Trump turns the clock back and Chechnya systematically detains and tortures its supposed ‘non-existent’ LGBTQIA+ citizens, WoWFest19 asks Queer are we now? with a unique keynote Speech from human rights activist Peter Tatchell.  £12/£6. 


Wednesday 22nd May
An Evening with Booker Prize Winner Ben Okri
6.30pm (Doors at 6pm)
The Bluecoat, 8 School Ln, L1 3BX

Booker Prize-winning Nigerian writer, Ben Okri discusses his contribution to literature and his latest novel, The Freedom Artist; an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner? £12/£6. 


Fri 24th & Sat 25th May
A Self-Help Guide to Being in Love with Jeremy Corbyn 
7.30pm (Doors at 7pm)

Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Pl,  L1 9BG
Following the success of her first show, Burning Books, which received five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and on its national tour in 2015, Jess returns with a rousing, lyrical and humorous look at modern politics; a show which received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and saw Jess win the BBC Poetry Slam, which led her to having a cup of tea with the man himself! £15/£10.

Thursday 23rd May

Citizens of Nowhere with Jennifer Makumbi and Dina Nayeri 
6.30pm (6pm)

The Bluecoat, School Ln, L1 3BX
How can refugees and migrants be heard in such a hostile environment; What happens after you are displaced; What does it mean to truly belong; Does the story of a refugee finish when asylum is won? Award winning authors Jennifer Makumbi and Dina Nayeri discuss migration and refuge, providing insights into resettlement, identity and community. £8/£5.

20th May
‘Crime’, Punishment & The Politics of Fear
6.30pm (Doors at 6pm)

Bluecoat, 8 School Ln, L1 3BX.  
Renowned criminologists and sociologists Tony Platt (University of California) and Phil Scraton (The Violence of Incarceration & The Hillsborough Report) discuss the social and political consequences of criminalisation, particularly mass incarceration, in a climate of fear and the responsibilities of researcher-activists to prisoners, their families, their communities and to the wider public. £12/£6. 

Wednesday 29th May 
Inside Pale Eyes: A Dream Noir Book Launch
7pm (Doors at 6.30pm)

Bluecoat, 8 School Ln, L1 3BX
Writer Dave Ward reads from his new publication Inside Pales Eyes (Hawkwood Books, 2019), a unique collection of flash fiction and observations of urban life accompanied by drawings from Bryan Biggs. Free, booking required. 7pm.


Divided Cities 
7pm (Doors at 6.30pm)

81 Renshaw, 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool, L1 2SJ.
If you know where to look, urban landscapes can inspire journeys through the melting pots of ideas, cultures and histories built into its concrete. Writers Bahriye Kemal, Paul Scraton and Gary Budden share vivid portraits of their cities, from militarised borders to remembering divided pasts and places more imagined than real. £6/£3.

Thursday 2nd May
Common People – Class in the Margins in Writing and Publishing  
7pm (Doors at 6.30pm) 

Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1XF.
Almost half of all authors, writers and translators in the UK come from professional, middle-class backgrounds, compared with just ten per cent of those from a working-class background. So where are the working-class writers? The answer is right here. This exciting event brings together writers from two breakthrough anthologies, Common People (Unbound) and Know Your Place (Dead Ink). £6/£3.

Thursday 16th May
The B-Word: Where Are We Now? 
7pm (Doors at 7pm)

 LEAF, 65-67 Bold St, L1 4EZ
The B-word has haunted global headlines since June 2016 with the most unprecedented political move in modern history and it’s been swings and roundabouts ever since. Join writer James Meek, Daily Mirror Lead Feature Writer Ros Wynne-Jones, author Costas Lapavitsas and Guardian Journalist Anita Sethi to discuss what happens now. £8/£4.