Festivals and EventsWith 18 years on delivering an annual, month-long festival under our belts, Writing on the Wall is now one of the longest running writing and literary festivals in the country. Our success has been recognised by many other companies and organisations, who have commissioned us to work with them to deliver their annual festivals. In 2012 Sefton City Council commissioned WoW to deliver their Sefton Celebrates Writing Festival, a week-long celebration of author readings and panel discussions featuring Specials bassist Horace Panter, Poetry Across the Pond with Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz and Somerset Maugham award winner Paul Farley, writers Brooke Magnanti, Helen Walsh and Rosa Lugosi, and Rhymin’ On the Ramps Featuring KOF at Bootle’s Rampworx skatepark. The festival culminated in an open air event, Nancy and the Bonfire, featuring readings, performances by local school and college students, and a firework display, attended by over two thousand people.
James Herbert, Melvyn Bragg, Janet Street-Porter, Roger McGough and Brian Patten were just some of the top names at the In Other Words Festival, a city-wide month-long celebration of the written and spoken word, curated by Culture Liverpool in partnership with Writing on the Wall, which marked the re-opening of Liverpool’s newly refurbished Central Library on Friday 17 May 2013.
Although based in Liverpool, our portfolio now extends across the North West, after we were invited in 2017 by Blackpool’s Arts and Libraries to bring our experience of engaging local communities and work with them to programme a series of festival events and activities for their Wordpool Festival. Once again, the Festival programme was hugely successful, with excellent audience attendance and engagement. Festival events we delivered included - Postcards to Blackpool: Every Picture Tells a Story, What’s Your Story? and Pulp Idol. Two of Blackpool writers went forward to be finalists in our annual Pulp Idol novel writing competition and have been published in our annual anthology, Pulp Idol - Firsts.
Having delivered all of the above, we have developed a high level of skills and experience to tackle any challenge, and deliver high quality, well organised festival events which will appeal to the audience you aim to reach. Our approach from beginning to end is too include local people in contributing to developing the programme, to ensure diversity is a natural part of the programming, and to bring together high profile writers and artists and audiences, in fun, exciting, meaningful and sometimes challenging debates and discussions, and, where possible, to get audiences to be creative themselves. This is one of the reasons why Writing on the Wall continues to thrive after eighteen years of festival and event delivery.
Our experience of engaging communities has been recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Arts Council England as part of their aims to engage audiences from all walks of life in their ‘Creative Case for Diversity’ programme. With one of the highest levels of audience diversity in the country, Writing on the Wall are well equipped to help you plan, programme and deliver your festival events. We are eager to support writers, artists and arts and culture organisations develop their offer and their profile. If you are interested in discussing commissioning WoW to help programme and/or deliver your festival, get in touch – we’re always happy to help.