Thursday 21st May

Resist: Stories of Uprising
Venue: Facebook
Time: 6pm
Tickets: Free

The political and social turmoil of Brexit and the past two General Elections seems unprecedented, but Britain has seen political crises before. In this new collection of fiction and essays of British protest, writers fight back with well-researched, historically accurate fiction. Featuring stories on Liverpool Docker’s Strike, Notting Hill Riots and Grenfell Tower fire from Lucas Stewart, Karline Smith and Julia Bell, join us to explore these moments of defiance in the face of injustice and ask ourselves – is resistance futile, or inevitable?

Julia Bell’s story on the Grenfell Tower fire looks at the shocking and on-going injustice behind the victims and survivors of one of the most recent tragedies to strike in Britain. Julia is a writer and Director of the Creative Writing MA at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published three novels, most recently The Dark Light (Macmillan, 2015). Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The White Review, Times Literary Supplement, Paris Review, Mal Journal, the BBC, and numerous anthologies. She is the co-editor of the newly re-issued Creative Writing Coursebook (Macmillan, 2019).

Looking into the Liverpool Docker’s Strike, a seminal event in the city’s history (and the inception of Writing On The Wall as an organisation), Lucas Stewart was born in Birkenhead and has spent 20 years living in Asia and Africa, including Iraq, Myanmar and Sudan. A former literature advisor to the British Council working with jailed and censored writers, his debut non-fiction, The People Elsewhere: Unbound Journeys with the Storytellers of Myanmar (2016) was shortlisted for the 2018 Saroyan International Prize for Writing.  He co-edited Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds, the first anthology of short stories from Myanmar published in the UK.  His own short stories have been published in Asia and the UK winning the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short fiction. He is currently working on his first novel, Cheroots.

Writing about the Notting Hill race riots in 1958, Karline Smith was one of the first black female crime writers to deal with the subject of drug gangs in inner-city Britain. She  is the author of three novels, Moss Side Massive, which was dramatised by Liverpool’s Unity Theatre, Full Crew, and Goosebumps and Butterflies are Fairy Tales (published by Black Sapphire Press). She is also the author of several short stories, variously published in The City Life Book of Manchester Short Stories (Penguin), and M.O.: Crimes of Practice (Comma). She is currently working on her fourth novel.

Writing on the Wall Co-Director Mike Morris is a founder member of WoW and has a background in community activity, in education and film-making. He was 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 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 in 2015. Mike created and directed the George Garrett Archive Project. Mike, alongside Co-Director Madeline Heneghan, is responsible for WoW’s long-term strategic aims and development.

All ticket donations from this event go to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services and WoW.