WoWFEST22:
Future Imperfect

What happens to dreams are they when buried under the rubble of Ukraine, Yemen and Syria, smouldering in the burning forests of California or drowning in floods that eat away at islands across the Caribbean. For many, whether living in a war zone, displaced from their homes, battling with global warming, choosing between heating or eating, or facing entrenched discrimination, the present is already a nightmare. What does the future hold for us all? Can we find a new utopia amidst the global dystopian scenes that pour daily from our screens? For those of us who still can, this is the time to dream, to imagine an equitable and sustainable world for ourselves and the next generation. This is not an indulgence but a life-or-death necessity. WoWFEST offers FUTURE IMPERFECT as a space to explore world changing ideas, and to offer hope through creativity and community. It’s time to challenge the current failing political and social models, to go beyond enduring, to living full and meaningful lives. It’s time to press the reset button!

Featuring: Gary Younge, Hannah Lowe, Dead Good Poets Society, Clare Coombes, Ashleigh Nugent, Danielle Owen-Jones, Kay Flavell, Bryan Biggs, Tony Schumacher, A love Letter to Odessa & more…

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.

 

WoWFEST22:
Future Imperfect

What happens to dreams are they when buried under the rubble of Ukraine, Yemen and Syria, smouldering in the burning forests of California or drowning in floods that eat away at islands across the Caribbean. For many, whether living in a war zone, displaced from their homes, battling with global warming, choosing between heating or eating, or facing entrenched discrimination, the present is already a nightmare. What does the future hold for us all? Can we find a new utopia amidst the global dystopian scenes that pour daily from our screens? For those of us who still can, this is the time to dream, to imagine an equitable and sustainable world for ourselves and the next generation. This is not an indulgence but a life-or-death necessity. WoWFEST offers FUTURE IMPERFECT as a space to explore world changing ideas, and to offer hope through creativity and community. It’s time to challenge the current failing political and social models, to go beyond enduring, to living full and meaningful lives. It’s time to press the reset button!

Featuring: Gary Younge, Hannah Lowe, Dead Good Poets Society, Clare Coombes, Ashleigh Nugent, Danielle Owen-Jones, Kay Flavell, Bryan Biggs, Tony Schumacher, A love Letter to Odessa & more…

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.

 

WoWFest 2022 Events

WoWFest22: Future Imperfect Launch ft. Gary Younge & WoW Writers

Tues 3rd May, 6.30pm
The Bluecoat
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Lark Lane: Past, Present, Future?

Wed 4th May, 4pm
Sefton Park Palm House
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‘The Kids Are Alright?’: Featuring Hannah Lowe and Liverpool’s Dead Good Poets Society

Wed 4th May, 7pm
Blackburne House
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Welcome to The New Dark Age with Leroy Cooper

Thurs 5th May, 3pm
Online
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Sealing the Deal: Behind the Scenes of the Publishing Industry

Thurs 5th May, 7pm
Chapters of Us
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An Evening With ‘The Responder’ creator Tony Schumacher

Fri 6th May, 7pm
Picturehouse at FACT
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Liverpool Calling – Love Letters to Odessa: And Warzones Across the World

Sat 7th May, 1pm
Toxteth TV
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The Mixed Race Experience

Tues 10th May, 12pm
Online
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The Case for Reparations: Slavery and Beyond

Tues 10th May, 7pm
Online
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Witchful Thinking with Zoë Howe

Thurs 12th May, 7pm
Smithdown Social
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Greg Quiery: Oglet

Thurs 12th May, 7.30pm
The Casa Bar
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The Spaces Inbetween

Sun 15th May, 1-3pm
Albert Dock
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Writing Across Borders

Tues 17th May, 6pm
Online
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The Writer Before The Page

Tues 17th May, 7pm
Toxteth Library
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An Evening with Shon Faye

Wed 18th May, 7pm
Waterstones Liverpool
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In Other Words 2: In Conversation with Kate Marsh and Xavier De Sousa

Thurs 19th May, 7pm
Online
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Canning Dock: Waterfront Transformation with Asif Khan, Laura Pye & Mariam Kamara

Fri 20th May, 6pm
Museum of Liverpool
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Rob Newman

Sat 21st May, 7pm
Philharmonic Music Room
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Book Launch: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World

Tues 24th May, 10.45am
Online
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Matt Simpson Memorial Poetry Reading 2022 with The Windows Project and Kayo Chingonyi

Tues 24th May, 5pm
Liverpool Hope University
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Malik Al Nasir

25th May, 6pm
Bluecoat
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Book Launch: The Half-Life of Snails by Philippa Holloway

Thurs 26th May, 7pm
Everyman Bistro
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Anthony Joseph: The Frequency of Magic

Thurs 26th May, 9pm
Frederiks
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Joelle Taylor: C+NTO & Othered Poems

Fri 27th May, 8pm
District
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Book Launch: Positive Vibrations by Stuart Borthwick

Sat 28th May, 6pm
Chapters of Us
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Sister Nancy

Sat 28th May, 8pm
District
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Speakers

Gary Younge

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester in England. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he is an editorial board member of the Nation magazine and the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media. He has written five books: Another Day…

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Hannah Lowe

Hannah Lowe is a poet, memoirist and academic. Her latest book, The Kids, a Poetry Book Society ‘Choice’ for Autumn, won the Costa Poetry Award and the Costa Book of the Year, 2021. Her first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection.…

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Flloyd Kennedy

Flloyd Kennedy is an Australian-born actress, director and voice coach who began also performing as a singer-songwriter and performance poet when she moved to Liverpool in 2017. She participated in the British folk revival in the late 1960s, performed and directed street theatre and fringe theatre in Scotland throughout the…

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Kay Flavell

Last year, Kay Flavell published ‘People of the Lane: Living in and around Lark Lane, Liverpool, 1880-2020’, comprising reminiscences and images that reveal the story of this popular and characterful street connecting Sefton Park to Aigburth Road. This unique collection of interviews by Kay from 1980-81 with shopkeepers and residents…

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Clare Coombes

Clare Coombes set up the first Liverpool-based literary agency in 2020 to help address inequality and underrepresentation in the publishing industry. With more than 15 years’ experience of writing and editing professionally, including the publication of two novels, Definitions (2015) and We Are of Dust (2018 - which has received…

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Ashleigh Nugent

Ashleigh Nugent’s debut Locks, a captivating exploration of race, class and identity, has been picked up by Picador (Pan Macmillan). He was awarded Liverpool City Region Artist of the Year in 2022. Ashleigh has also been published in academic journals, poetry anthologies and magazines. Locks is a novel based on…

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Danielle Owen-Jones

Danielle Owen-Jones' debut Stone Broke Heiress, a Liverpool-based romcom, described as Sophie Kinsella meets Schitt’s Creek, was signed up by Bookouture (Hachette).  Danielle grew up in Merseyside and has worked in the media industry for more than a decade. She started her career as a senior journalist and features writer,…

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Tony Schumacher

Tony Schumacher is a writer, screenwriter and sometime actor from Liverpool England. His first role was that of a police officer in Channel Four's long running series Shameless. From that he went onto a appear in several plays, short films, and small TV roles until his first significant part in…

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Philip Shaun McGuinness 

Philip graduated from in with a 1st Class Drama Degree (2012), PGCE (2014) and MA in Education (2017) from Edge Hill University and intertwined Acting with continuing his academic studies. Philip has a range of performing experience; touring the UK playing ‘Rodney’ in an Only Fools and Horses dinner experience…

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Naomi & Natalie Evans

Naomi and Natalie are sisters who live in Margate, Kent. Naomi is mother to two boys and Head of Drama at a large secondary school. She has worked in education for over 15 years and is also a trained presenter. Natalie is a 31-year-old events manager. After completing her degree…

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Professor Stephen Small

Professor Stephen Small was born in Toxteth, moving to the United States in 1984. Since 1995, Stephen has worked as a professor in the Department of African Diaspora Studies. He is also director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (since June 2020). He earned his Ph.D. in…

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Hassoum Ceesay

Hassoum Ceesay is a Gambian historian, writer and museum curator at the Gambia National Museum. He is one of the sharpest and most prolific Gambian historians. He continued to Canada’s Saint Mary"s University, in the Nova Scotia capital of Halifax, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts in history in…

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Zoë Howe

Author, visual artist and sometime musician Zoë Howe has produced acclaimed biographies of The Slits, Poly Styrene, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Wilko Johnson, Stevie Nicks, Florence + The Machine, Lee Brilleaux and others. Zoë was part of the founding team behind the award-winning documentary Poly Styrene: I Am A…

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Shebeat

SheBeat is a singer-songwriter from Liverpool living in Leith, Scotland. Alternative indie folk pop, with art pop and dream pop thrown in for good measure. Gentle vocals, storytelling lyrics and acoustic melodies with influences from pop, psych, indie, americana, folk, country and easy listening. Fans say SheBeat sounds unique with…

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Greg Quiery

Belfast born Greg Quiery has lived in Liverpool since 1973. A retired teacher, he is a regular reader at Liver Bards, Dead Good Poets and Lovely Word at The Everyman. His poetry book A Stray Dog Following was published by Stairwell Books in 2020. His popular book In Hardship and…

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Amina Atiq

Amina Atiq is a Yemeni-British poet, performance artist, creative practitioner & award-winning community activist. BBC Words First Finalist 2019 & Young Associate & Anti-racism group member for Curious Minds. Artist fellowship of DadaFest, Weston Jerwood Creative programme & Social Fellow of Humboldt Foundation Residency 2022

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Shon Faye

Shon Faye was born in Bristol, and is now based in London. She left a career in law to pursue writing and campaigning, working in the charity sector with Amnesty International and Stonewall. She was an editor-at-large at Dazed, and her writing has been published by the Guardian, the Independent…

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Kate Marsh

Kate Marsh is a disabled dance artist-researcher and producer. She is an associate producer at Metal and a research fellow at C-DaRE (Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University.) Kate’s interest is primarily in creating and nurturing spaces for marginalised artists to explore and realise their artistic ideas.

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Asif Khan

Asif Khan is a research and development led architecture studio who design buildings, landscapes, exhibitions and installations, among other things. Khan’s practice explores how material and social innovations can fundamentally alter the way people experience and shape their environment, realised through rigorously detailed and delivered outputs. His studio is based…

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Laura Pye

Laura Pye, Director of National Museums Liverpool, joined the organisation in August 2018. Born in Liverpool, Laura returned from the city following several years as Head of Culture for Bristol City Council, with responsibility for the five museums in the city.  Prior to moving to Bristol, Laura was interim Heritage…

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Mariam Kamara

Architect Mariam Kamara is the founder of architecture and research firm Atelier Masomi, based in Niger. Before founding Atelier Masomi in 2014, Kamara became a founding member of United4design, a global collective of architects working on projects in USA, Afghanistan and Niger. Atelier Masomi's projects include plans for the Niamey…

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Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates, who lives and works in Chicago, is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts and the College and also serves as the Senior Advisor for Cultural Innovation and Advisor to the Dean. He is Director of Artists Initiatives at the Lunder Institute…

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Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina has edited the anthologies Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art & Making It Happen, Poems From a Green and Blue Planet and The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write. She is an essay contributor to the multi-award winning The Good Immigrant and has previously…

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Rob Newman

Rob has been writing and performing comedy for radio, television and stage since the late eighties.  He has also written four novels and two non-fiction books. His late 2000’s one-man show, A History Of Oil has never been more relevant and is WELL worth a watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sehmmzbi3UI Seventeen years ago…

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Malik Al-Nasir

Malik Al Nasir is a Liverpool-born poet, social researcher and activist. His widely acclaimed 2021 book, Letters To Gil, related his life in the care system and a remarkable relationship with Gil Scott-Heron, who mentored him, from semi-literacy to a masters degree through poetry. He is now undertaking a PhD…

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Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987 and moved to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and equality in British Poetry. In 2012, he was awarded a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, and…

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Philippa Holloway

Philippa Holloway was a finalist in WoW’s acclaimed Pulp Idol novel writing competition. We’re delighted to announce that Philippa’s debut novel The Half Life of Snails, was snapped up by Parthian Books, and we are honoured to be holding the launch at WoWFEST 22. The setting and themes of the novel couldn’t…

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Anthony Joseph

Anthony Joseph is an award winning Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels. His 2018 novel Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award, and…

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Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor won the T. S. Eliot Award in 2022 with C+NTO & OTHERED POEMS. Prior to the pandemic, she completed a world tour with her collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK national youth poetry slam championships, as well as the international spoken-word project Borderlines.…

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Sister Nancy

Sister Nancy (born Nancy Russell) is a 80's dancehall (reggae) deejay, and sister to sound system icon Brigadier Jerry best known for her hit Bam Bam on the Stalag riddim. Arguably her best two albums/works are One Two and Sister Nancy meets Fireproof. She currently lives in New Jersey.

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