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From Great War to Race Riots

Writing on the Wall have been presented with a number of significant, original documents covering the period 1919 to 1921, by community member and activist Joe Farrag. This archive relates to the position of Black ex-servicemen, seamen and factory workers stranded or left destitute in Liverpool after the First World War. 

We are currently recruiting people who may be interested in getting involved in this project. Are you interested to find out more about your heritage? Do you have a passion for history and local history? In recognition of the immense historical importance of this archive, both locally and nationally, Writing on the Wall have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to run a seventeen month creative heritage project.  Local Writer Emy Onuora, Historian Mike Boyle, Poet Levi Tafari and WoW’s Co-Director, Madeline Heneghan will work with community members to explore, preserve and catalogue the archive and to respond creatively to this incredible resource. Participants will gain valuable skills in archiving, historical research, web-related skills including scanning, cataloguing and digitisation of the archive on a dedicated website and will have a chance to explore the archive creatively. 

You can find out more information about this project via our 
website. If you would like to book a place on this project or find out more information, please contact Madeline Heneghan on 0151 703 0020 or email madeline@writingonthewall.org.uk

A section of the archive is available to view in Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L9 1XF. 

Pulp Idol 2015

Congratulations to all 12 of our Pulp Idol finalists for taking part in our competition this year. Brilliant work and readings from all. 
 
1st place:  Jamie Carragher with The Gig
Runners up: Emma Morgan with This Way Home
and Jack Roe with Strange Town

We will now be working with editors to get all 12 pieces into the Pulp Idol ’16 Book of Firsts which will be launched later this year. 


Thank you to our judges James Rice, Laura Longrigg and Hellie Ogden
 
If you’d like to find out more about Pulp Idol and how you can get involved next year please click here
 

Flash Fiction 2015 Winners

Congratulations to our TWO Flash Fiction Competition Winners: 

JOE LAVELLE with Balloons &
ANDREA DAVIES with Liverpool Cafe Noir 


Chosen by Kevin Sampson and awarded by Walter Mosley...

Kevin Sampson: 
' As always with Writing On The Wall's competitions, an exceptional standard of finalists. Every single entry embraced its own world and delivered a climactic punch. 
 
Two pieces stood out for me, each masters of the craft. Within the confines and restrictions of micro-storytelling, these two authors imposed their voice, created living, breathing, swearing, memorable characters, bent language to their will and wove compelling narratives; proper stories.
 
One is a knowing pastiche of classic gumshoe pulp, the other is a pared-down slice of street life. I can't separate them so, if it's okay with WOW, would like to award an equal first to Balloons and Mersey (Cafe) Noir. Thanks for letting me read them.' 

Contact WoW

Address:  The Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH
Map: Click Here for our location page

Tel:  0151 703 0020
E-mail: info@writingonthewall.org.uk

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