We are so excited to announce our 5th annual celebration of Black heritage, culture, activism and history with this year’s Black History Month Programme.
With a guest appearance from Mayor Joanne-Anderson and bringing together artists from across the globe, we are excited to be joined by musical artist and ‘What’s Your Story?’ partner, Nazeem, from the Gambia for a live exclusive performance. We will also be joined by esteemed Berkeley Professor Stephen Small who will capture some of the salient issues facing Black Americans today, describing the contradictions and paradoxes of black life in a society currently devastated by a public health crisis and economic decay.
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Toxteth Uprising, a prominent moment in the city’s history, we will be hosting a conference at Liverpool Museum exploring the impact the night had on Black Rights in Britain and how it can be used to steer future generations of activists in Liverpool. Featuring discussions with Kim Johnson MP, Leila Hassan, Lawrence Hoo, Leroy Cooper, Ngunan Adamu, Erinma Bell, Ifem “Iffy” Onuora, Jimi Jagne and Natalie Denny, it will be a poignant day of conversation.
We will also be hosting a series of residencies for both adults and children during the month. People from Liverpool will have the opportunity to work with poet-performer and Creative Director of Rise CiC, Ashleigh Nugent, as part of our acclaimed Writer’s Bloc. Ashleigh will be hosting a 3-week free digital residency offering aspiring writers a space to explore a range of creative writing techniques as well as opportunities to share their work in front of an audience.
The WoW Young Writers, our programme for 8 to 15 year-olds, will also be taking over Tate Liverpool, led by former Young Writer, Blue Saint, to explore and develop creative responses to the outstanding Black visual art within their collections.
With a host of unmissable events and opportunities for everyone to get involved in this October, the Black History Month programme is sure to be one full of fascinating discussion, creative writing and important history.
To find out more about WoW’s Black History Month and to start booking your tickets – most of them free – visit www.writingonthewall.org.uk/black-history-month
Writing on the Wall’s Black History Month programme is supported by Liverpool City Council, Edge Hill Institute for Creative Enterprise and Arts Council England and in collaboration with Culture Liverpool.