Our Staff

Writing on the Wall’s staff team are young, dynamic, creative, hardworking, and committed to ensuring WoW’s work is of the highest quality and always engages local, diverse communities. The team has multiple skills and interests – writing, spoken word, design and publishing, festival and event organisation and delivery. Sometimes they shine individually on the projects they are assigned to, but always work as a collective to make WoW’s events professional and welcoming.

This young team, with a skillset that allows them to lend their hand to finance, fundraising, website copy and design and social media, as well as working with the Co-Directors to develop our strategic aims, are the future of arts organisation and administration. They make a daily difference to our project participants, our partners and our festival audiences, through the inspirational projects, events, showcases and book launches they deliver every year.

Mike Morris

Mike is a founder member of WoW and has a background in community activity, in education - working as a Learning Mentor in Anfield CC School, and film-making as a writer on Dockers (Channel 4, 2000), and as co-director and producer of a ground-breaking documentary, Liverpool’s Cunard Yanks (Granada, 2008). He studied Literature & American Studies at Liverpool John Moores University and has an MA in Creative Writing. He is a playwright, with his first play Waiting for Brando, which he wrote and produced, appearing at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre in 2012 and 2013, followed by a short tour of UK theatres. His second play, Subterranean Theatre: The Maurie, based on a short story by George Garrett, was produced as a site-specific piece in Liverpool’s Cunard Building during the city’s Three Queens celebrations in 2915. Mike created WoW's Pulp Idol competition and is responsible for the editing and publishing of WoW's annual Pulp Idol - Firsts (a book of the finalists’ First Chapters) and leads on WoW’s publishing strategy. Mike created and directed the George Garrett Archive Project and is currently working with actor and director Raymond Waring to produce George Garrett’s second play, Flowers and Candles, for June 2018. Mike is also working with Madeline on WoW’s long-term strategic aims and development.

Madeline Heneghan

Madeline Heneghan became WoW’s first full-time Festival Director in 2006 and was ultimately responsible for the delivery of the annual month-long Festival and all WoW projects. Madeline has an MA in American Literature and History, and prior to joining Madeline was the Action Plan Coordinator for The Black and Racial Minority Network. As a former Equalities Consultant, Madeline gained a thorough understanding of the needs and preferences of different communities and hard to reach groups. Her excellent community engagement skills and expertise in diversity and audience development have been the driving force behind WoW’s growth and its diverse audiences. Madeline has organised and led on many festival events and projects. Most recently, Madeline has written and published, with Emy Onuora, a book based on the findings of the Great War to Race Riots Creative Heritage Project. Madeline is now delivering our latest Creative Heritage Project based on the archives of the Liverpool 8 Law Centre, and working to shape WoW’s long-term strategy and development.

Megan Liversey
Marketing Manager

Megan joined us at the end of 2022 when she returned to her hometown of Liverpool after 14 years of living in Bristol, London, and traveling the world. Megan has carried out several marketing roles within the charity and higher education sector and is keen to bring her expertise to WoW. In her spare time, Megan likes to explore using theatre for social change and likes to have a shot at photographing the people and places around her.

Caroline Knight
Festival and Events Coordinator

Caroline joined us in November 2023 as the Festival and Events Coordinator after first doing the Write to Work course, and later supporting us on the programme. She has a varied career history working in health and wellness freelance writing, and throughout her career has run events across various fields, from intimate workshops to retreats, conventions and conferences. As a writer, she favours philosophy, existentialism, poetry and spoken word and loves to showcase her work, as well as supporting others in spreading their wings creatively. She is keen to combine all of her skills together in her new role with WoW.

Janaya Pickett
Creative Heritage Manager

Janaya Pickett is a writer, local historian, and facilitator whose career began in 2014 as a volunteer on WoW's Great War to Race Riots project, namely the hugely successful 1919 Walking Tours. Since then, Janaya has gone on to perform poetry at spoken word nights across the city, worked as Curator for WoW's August 2021 installation Merseysounds, event manager for the LCRCA's Generations for Change, and most recently as Project Manager for The Dorothy Kuya Archive Project.

Jenny Dalton
Publishing Coordinator

Jenny joined the WoW team in 2021, her main responsibilities involve working on the design, production, publication, and distribution of WoW’s books. She has worked on the development of books for Write to Work, What’s Your Story, Super Heroes: Words Are Our Power and more. Jenny has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and masters degree in Creative Writing from LJMU and is currently writing her first novel. She is most likely to be found reading, writing, or annoying her pet rabbits: Rue and Rhea.

Alys Oates
Project and Admin Assistant

Alys started off on a student placement with us then as a volunteer and became a part of the team in late 2023 upon completing a Master's programme at Edge Hill University as an international student from the United States. Their role involves contributing to publishing, projects, festivals and social media. Alys is concurrently working on a personal novel and they have a fondness for reading and watching movies.