Established in 2000, Writing on the Wall is part of the National Arts Portfolio and is the longest standing literature festival in Liverpool and is an important part of the cultural landscape of the North West. Writing on the Wall will be celebrating its 17th festival which will run for the whole of May and typically hosts around 35 events. WoW Fest 2016 hosts local, national and international writers, performers, artists and commentators whose work provokes controversy and debate. We are unique in that we provide the opportunity to both high profile national and international guests as well as local talent and communities to promote and share their own writing, art and talent.
This year, Writing on the Wall’s Festival Line-Up looks out of this world! In keeping with their theme of exploring the future, past and present. We’ve spoken to WoW Fest and got the low down on what their events focusing on women, their lives and their journeys, with some very special guests!
Packing a powerful poetic punch with the return to Liverpool of the pioneer of Dub poetry, Linton Kwesi Johnson, performing together for the first time with rising star Holly McNish, the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios and 2013 UK Slam championship winner. Hosted by the inimitable Levi Tafari.
2015 was described as the year transgender went ‘mainstream’; the popularity of drag performance has risen and the silence around intersex broken. Queen of Teen and multi award-winning author, Juno Dawson, formerly James, award-winning author, Abigail Tartellin (Golden Boy), and The Vivienne, Liverpool’s own UK Ambassador for Ru Paul’s Drag Race, discuss gender identity today, asking the question: mainstream or minority?
What is this thing that we call sci-fi? Where did it come from, why do people read it, and who writes it? Andy Sawyer, librarian, Science Fiction Foundation Collection, Liverpool University Library, and multiple award-winning sf writer Pat Cadigan will point to some of the treasures of the collection to explore their place in the history of sci-fi. What does this history mean?
Join Isy Suttie, award-winning Peep Show actress, comedian, writer and songwriter for her brilliantly funny new show about that moment in your late 20’s when you suddenly realise that all your mates are growing up without you. Expect quirky songs, readings and laugh-out-loud comedy.
Who writes what matters? In music media, women face sexism and underrepresentation - male voices still make up the majority of white noise. Laura Snapes, contributing editor at Pitchfork & NME, and a panel of the finest feminist brains from the regions’ music media, tackle these mis - and under-representations. Ft. live performances from riot grrrl art poppers Pink Kink.
Tim ‘Teething’ Wells, Salena Godden and Ginger John bring Ranting poetry to WoW. Accessible, protesting, diverse, political, working-class, funny yet deadly serious, Ranting poetry is the vibrant precursor of today’s spoken word scene. It's for the people, by the people. Blue Saint and WoW’s Young Writers Alia Boquash & Amina Atiq.
In a world where beauty is centric, what the hell do you do if you’re, gasp ... DISABLED? Award-winning and wonderfully ‘wobbly’ comedian, writer and actress Francesca Martinez (Grange Hill, Extras) invites you to answer one of life’s great questions ‘what the **** is normal?’ A night not be missed!
Refugees, red doors and wristbands: is this penchant for labelling survivors an echo of a darker past? Join exiled Syrian poet Maram Al-Masri, academic Linda McDowell CBE, Gambian exiled journalist Pa Modou Bojang to explore personal experiences and the western political/social response to the current refugee crisis.
And there’s so much more too! Visit the Writing on the Wall Festival website to see the whole programme of events…Now we can’t wait for May!