What We Do

Writing on the Wall (WoW) is a dynamic, Liverpool-based organisation which celebrates writing in all its forms, hosting Liverpool’s longest running and nationally acclaimed literature festival. Throughout the entire month of May, the annual WoWfest presents an eclectic mix of local, national and international writers, spoken word performers, commentators and artists. The festival embraces a broad range of writing including journalism fiction and non-fiction, poetry, songwriting, and storytelling. WoWFest invites audiences to engage with crucial questions, diverse cultures, new ideas and artistic excellence in the beautiful venues and spaces that Liverpool has to offer. As well as established authors, WoWfest showcases new and emerging talent from an array of writing and creative courses and projects that are part of WoW’s year-round offer.

Through an extensive and exciting writing development programme WoW develops literacy in schools, promotes health and wellbeing, raises confidence and aspiration, helps to improve employment prospects and nurtures new and aspiring novelists. Anthologies of original writing, published in-house, and our digital platforms present this new work to audiences across the UK and internationally and brings emerging talent to the attention of a largely London-centric publishing industry.

Writing on the Wall is part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio for Literature and a unique part of the cultural land scape of the Northwest. We are a not-for-profit, social enterprise and company limited by guarantee with charitable status) established in 2002.