Liverpool Writing on the Wall Festival

Wow fest

Liverpool’s première literary festival kicks off in just over a week, and I will be privileged enough to be part of all the fun. This year’s event, entitled ‘Shell Shock’, will commemorate the centenary of the Great War, those who fought, those who wrote, and those who continue to explore the horrors that war through their writing today.


The WoW festival will host an array of acclaimed writers who will feature at different venues around Liverpool throughout the month of May. These include figures such as  Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, The Skag Boys, Filth), Owen Jones (Guardian columnist & author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class), Liz Carr (comedian, actress & international disabled rights activist), Never Mind the Buzzcocks star Phill Jupitus (aka Porky the Poet) who will be accompanied by Tim Wells, Luke Harding (Mafia State, Wikileaks, The Snowden Files) plus Seumas Milne, Helen Walsh, Marai Larasi, Levi Tafari, Niall Griffith and many others. As well as exploring their own work, these artists will offer their thoughts on old soldiers and campaigners, modern day conflicts, war abroad and, thirty years on from The Miner’s Strike, The Enemy Within.


But that isn’t all that’s going on. We want you to be involved as much as possible and so throughout the month there will be flash fiction & writing competitions, poetry readings, new artistic works exhibited by local writers, plus readings and rants on international issues and local art and culture. To get involved, just head over to the Writing on the Wall festival website and click on ‘Competitions’.



For a full events programme, click HERE

For event tickets, click HERE

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Key Dates

Thursday 1st May – Festival Launch @ The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX, 1pm.


Tuesday 6th May – Irvine Welsh @ Oh Me Oh My (West Africa House), 25 Water     Street, L2 0RG, 7.30pm.


Saturday 10th May – Phill Jupitus & Tim Wells@ The Baltic Social, 25 Parliament St, L8 5RN, 7.30pm.


Tuesday 13th May – The Snowden Files with Luke Harding @ Liverpool ONE Waterstones, 7pm.


Thursday 15th May – Owen Jones, People Power? @ The Black-E, 1 Great George Street, 7.30pm.


Thursday 22nd May – Levi Tarafi @ Toxteth Library, 7pm.


Friday 23rd May – Seumas Milne @ Froderiks, 32 Hope Street, 7.30pm.


Saturday 24th May – Liz Carr @ Philharmonic Hall, 8pm.


Sunday 1st June – Radical Bookfair, Spaces of Dissent & Festival End @ The Bluecoat, School Lane, 11am-6pm.