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Events

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Reflections Book Launch
13th November

Doors from 6.30pm, start at 7pm
Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, L8 7PE
Free

Come along to the book launch of Reflections on Wednesday 13th November, from our flagship What’s Your Story? project which showcases eleven new talented writers. WoW’s What’s Your Story? writing programme has now been running for over several years working with diverse communities across Liverpool.

During the twelve-week project the participants engaged with course tutors Jeff Young (LJMU Lecturer and Writer), Ginni Manning (ASSITEJ Award winning playwright) and Cheryl Martin (Director, writer and poet).

Writing on the Wall is proud to work in partnership with Unison on this flagship project. Join us in celebrating this incredible anthology and have your chance to meet the all the writers. Doors open from 6.30pm and the event starts promptly at 7pm.


Hostile Environment: How Immigrants became Scapegoats
Maya Goodfellow in conversation
Monday 18th November
Bluecoat,
School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

6.30pm
Tickets: £8/£5
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The UK government proudly calls the aim of its immigration policy to be the creation of a “hostile environment, ” while refugees drown in the Mediterranean and Britain votes to leave the EU against claims that “swarms” of migrants are entering Britain. Meanwhile, study after study confirms that immigration is not damaging the UK’s economy, nor putting a strain on public services, but immigration is blamed for all of Britain’s ills. Yet concerns about immigration are deemed “legitimate” across the political spectrum, with few exceptions. How did we get here?
 
Through interviews with leading policy-makers, asylum seekers, and immigration lawyers, Maya Goodfellow illuminates the dark underbelly of contemporary immigration policies. A nuanced analysis of the UK’s immigration policy from the 1960s onwards, Hostile Environment links immigration policy and the rhetoric of both Labour and Tory governments to the UK’s colonial past and its imperialist present. Goodfellow shows that distinct forms of racism and dehumanisation directly resulted from immigration policy, and reminds us of the human cost of concessions to anti-immigration politics.
Join us to hear Maya Goodfellow discuss the book with Emy Onuora.

Chris Nineham: 'The British State - A Warning' Book Launch
Monday 25th November
6pm
Waterstones Liverpool One, 12 College Ln, Liverpool L1 3DL
£3/£2 
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Join us on Monday 4th November for an evening with Chris Nineham, in-conversation with Alan Gibbons. This event is in partnership with Writing on the Wall, and will be from 6-8pm.

What happens if a radical government gets elected in Britain? How will the banks, the civil servants, the media and the military react? Is the idea of a British coup farfetched? How can the left prepare?
Chris Nineham addresses these questions by looking behind the myths at the reality of two hundred years of British state rule. He brings us a warning from history. Don’t be fooled again, read this book.