The Writer Before The Page

Tues 17th May, 7pm
Toxteth Library
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Writer Before The Page

The Writer Before The Page is an essay from Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning Toni Morrison, which probes the capacity and power of literature. Join local Black women writers as we explore the role of writing in our past, present and future to shape ourselves and our communities. Hosted by Natalie Denny, founder of Skywriters and co-founder of The Goddess Projects.

This event is for writers of all experiences, creating a community to learn from each other and is hosted by The Goddess Projects, an organisation that supports Black women and Women of colour to develop and achieve in their communities, and Skywriters Ltd, an organisation that supports communities with confidence, personal development and cohesion through creative education.

The event will include a panel discussion, performances and creative activities.

Natalie Denny is the force behind Skywriters, a creative education social enterprise. Her roles include writer, activist, tutor and Consultant for Anthony Walker Foundation. Natalie is currently represented by Chloe Seager at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency.

At Anthony Walker Foundation, Natalie project managed Speak Out! Stop Hate. a new race and religious hate crime reporting tool and campaign for the Liverpool City Region, delivering interventions to hundreds of professionals and thousands of young people. In 2022 she also coproduced the Foundation’s Anti-Racism Professional Training Modules.

Natalie is chair of The Period Project Merseyside, a voluntary led initiative providing women and people who have periods with menstrual items and campaigning to #endperiodpoverty and co-founder of The Goddess Projects, an organisation with the mission to empower, inspire and assist Black women and women of colour to develop and achieve in their communities.

Natalie graduated from The Open University with an open degree which incorporated creative writing. Natalie was runner up in Writing on the Wall’s ‘Pulp Idol’ 2019 competition and author of children’s educational book ‘Her Hair: A Crown’, a resource developed in partnership with Manchester University, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Centre, and Cedar Mount Girls group, to diversify the curriculum in Manchester Schools.

In 2020, Natalie exhibited poetry at Output gallery and commissioned articles and published on mental health, activism, literature and racism in ROOT-ed Zine, Rattle Magazine and Black Ballad. Her latest educational resource, ‘Skywriters’ was launched on World Book Day 2021, and she was commissioned to write children’s stories for Liverpool Biennial.

Her latest exhibition, The Stuff of Poetry 2021, was held at Liverpool John Moores University to celebrate Black History month. The Exhibition, combined activism and creativity, encouraging participants to take action on issues such as Violence Against Women and Girls, Black Lives Matter and Period Poverty.

Instagram and Twitter @Skywriters_ or @Natalie_Denny_

Website: www.skywriters.uk

Email: Skywriters@outlook.com

Liverpool born Janaya Pickett has written and performed poetry widely throughout the city, and has written reviews and features on music and culture for local publication Bido Lito . A history enthusiast with a special interest in Liverpool’s Black history and culture, Janaya appeared in David Olusoga’s BBC series Black and British and hosted a documentary about the 1919 riots for Liverpool’s Writing On The Wall (in collaboration with Liverpool University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Centre for Hidden Histories). She also helped to set up the Great War.

To Race Riots walking tours to publicise Liverpool’s racial history and she is currently working with arts organisation Bluecoat, and Writing on the Wall.

Dominique Walker is a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University within the School for Justice, teaching across policing studies, criminology, criminal justice, and sociology. Dominique’s research interests include Black feminist thought and theory, inte rsectionality, hate crime policing, race, and racism. For ten years, Dominique was a trainee detective constable within Merseyside Police Protecting Vulnerable People Sigma Hate Crime Investigations Unit. Dominique has also worked to challenge hate crime and promote equity and fairness in her community and with her family created The Anthony Walker Foundation (AWF), a charity set up after the untimely death of her brother Anthony in July 2005. Dominique is the Chair of AWF. AWF works to promote racial harmony through education, music, and sport.

In 2014, Dominique was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University for her commitment to celebrating diversity, community development and cohesion. Dominique is currently studying for her PhD in sociology, criminology and social policy at University of Liverpool and cofounder of the Goddess Projects (TGP), a social enterprise designed to help Black women and women of colour to achieve in all aspects of their lives. Dominique is also mother, to two young girls, aged nine and seventeen years old.

Aleasha Chaunte is an artist who believes that art has a place in society. She considers herself a social justice worker and in collaboration with her long term arts partner she runs One September Past works include The Handless Project’ a two year investigation into her favourite fairy tale and what it teaches us about how humans heal.

Date: Tuesday 17th May

Time: 7pm

Location: Toxteth Library, Windsor Street, Liverpool, L8 1XF

Price: £3/£2

These are difficult times. Concession prices may be too expensive for some. We are offering gifted and reduced rate tickets, and a pay it forward scheme. Email info@writingonthewall.org.uk and we will do our best to gift you a ticket.

All venues will be fully wheelchair accessible. Please contact info@writingonthewall.org.uk to request a BSL interpreter at any of our events.

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