End of Year EventsWrite Minds: End of Year Celebration, Thursday 10th December, 6pm
Even before lockdown, mental health services were experiencing considerable reductions in funding, so when services were shut or access wasn’t possible for many people, the situation grew much worse. Responding to this important issue, Writing on the Wall created the creative writing development project Write Minds. Working with novelist, playwright and poet Deborah Morgan, Write Minds called on people to discuss, write about and share their lockdown experiences, how it affected their mental health, their wellbeing and feelings of isolation.
Offering a space of support and reflection amidst loneliness, job insecurity, relationship breakdowns, bereavements and a fundamental change to the patterns of our lives, the group worked together to explore and write about how they were challenged, how they found moments of calm and brought much needed creativity to our lives during lockdown.
Join Deborah and the writers from Write Minds for this end of year celebration of the work developed throughout the project, hear the poems, stories and reflections on what’s been an incredibly difficult year for many, and listen to the creative communities of Liverpool as they perform their vital and moving writing. Book here for tickets
It's Not Ok: End of Year Celebration, Friday 11th December, 6pm
As lockdown hit earlier in the year, there was a reported 25% increase in people ringing domestic abuse services. Responding to issue, dubbed a ‘shadow pandemic’ by the United Nations, Writing on the Wall worked with LJMU’s Creative Writing and Screenwriting Tutor Margy McShane to create a dedicated space for women who have experienced or are vulnerable to domestic abuse.
With many people trapped at home often in difficult and challenging situations and without access to services and counselling, this group worked together to share their stories, challenge the stigma around their experiences, be creative and grow in confidence. Now more than ever, writing is a powerful tool to help us reflect, make sense of and redefine our personal narratives; this project supported all participants to feel part of a creative community.
Join Margy alongside the writers from It’s Not OK for an end of year celebration and bear witness to the powerful and moving writing from the group. Part of the Writer’s Bloc, Writing on the Wall’s digital writing centre developed as a response to the social and health emergencies arising out of lockdown. Book here for tickets
Write to Work: End of Year Celebration, Tuesday 15th December, 6pm
From nationwide budget-cuts to fierce competition in the job market, working in the arts or being self-employed can always be a precarious situation. Throw in a global pandemic and the essential shut-down of many of arts organisation, theatres, arts centres and schools and it’s been a difficult time for the employment sector in 2020.
Responding to this, Writing on the Wall delivered our hugely successful Write To Work programme, a creative and professional skills development course. This course worked with a range of professionals from various arts-based industries, supporting learners to explore an exciting range of writing skills, develop their confidence to get the job they want and explore further education and vocational training. From blogging, to writing for the gaming industry, freelance copywriting, podcasting, journalism, fiction, poetry, playwriting, social media, non-fiction – this unique course supports people into the next steps or employment or further education.
Join the WoW team and writers from the Write to Work course for this end of year celebration and listen to the wide variety of work from the course and hear their reflections on their development during this difficult time. Book here for tickets
WoW Young Writers: End of Year Celebration, Wednesday 16th December, 6.30pm
As lockdown meant many children and young people were stuck at home, unable to socialise with their friends, attend their regular clubs and groups, adapting to home-teaching or virtual teaching, Writing on the Wall created our exciting new WoW Young Writers project. Offering children and young people a space to be creative, to express themselves, to develop their confidence, aspirations and meet new like-minded young creatives, this project has been a highlight of our year hearing the amazing work and opinions of Liverpool’s next generation of writers and performers as they reflect on a strange year.
They unflinchingly looked at issues both global and local, these young people are a testament to the power of creativity in times of difficulty, and speak to the role our children and young people play in activism and the future we want to see in the world. Working with many vulnerable young people, this project takes a inspiring snapshot of the issues affecting our children and young people; from crime, environmental issues, health, education and social justice.
Join the WoW team and the inspiring young people as we reflect on a year of work and perform the brilliant writing that’s been developed throughout, featuring an exclusive and exciting track made in collaboration with Rise Athena, the bold and poetic electronic Liverpool-based band. Book here for tickets
Time to Breathe: End of Year Celebration, Thursday 17th December, 6pm
Responding to the Black Lives Matter movement, as the UK was plunged into lockdown, Writing on the Wall created Time To Breathe, a creative writing development project empowering black voices and experiences in Liverpool to be heard at a time of difficulty and action.
Led by multi award-winning writer and performer Cheryl Martin, the writers of Time to Breathe challenged the narrative on race, which is critical at a time when black people have been disproportionately dying from Covid-19, police brutality around the world and the rise of the right-wing grows starkly apparent in the UK.
Join Cheryl alongside the writers from Time to Breathe for an end of year celebration performance, hear the poems and stories from those we’ve worked with and join together to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Part of the Writer’s Bloc, Writing on the Wall’s digital writing centre developed as a response to the social and health emergencies arising out of lockdown. Book here for tickets