Thursday 7th May

Irvine Welsh: Creativity in A Time of Chaos a Keynote Speech
Venue: Facebook
Time: 6pm
Tickets: Free

Opening WoWFest: Lockdown, internationally renowned bestselling and often controversial author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Maribou Stork Nightmares), delivers a keynote speech for our time: Creativity In A Time of Chaos. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has simultaneously thrown our lives into chaos and put them on hold, changed our daily routine, with work cancelled or postponed or taken a new, dramatic shape, as our social schedules move online and we consider how much news we can handle today.

Creativity can be a tonic and a lifeline. Organisations all around the world are opening their digital doors, inviting us into watch live-streamed theatre, engage in huge community workshops, concerts fundraise for frontline workers, the stacks of books by our bedsides begin to shrink and who knows, we might even get through that Netflix watch-list.

How are we using creativity to cope in these times? Are we even able to create, as many of our needs and comforts are in disarray. Do we feel a pressure to create, to improve ourselves, to finish that script, to dust off our paintbrushes, to tick off the creative to-do’s? Or are we a bit live-streamed and Zoom-ed out? What creativity are we engaging with and why?

Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting became the international cult movie of the same name that captured a moment 
with his unforgettable characters Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, Franco and Tommy who we’ve seen their lives play out in later publications Porno, Skagboys, The Blade Artist and Dead Men’s Trousers. Irvine is a good friend of Writing on Wall, having appeared at the festival on numerous occasions, and being known to say "There isn't another writing festival in England as good as Writing on the Wall". He has an intimate relationship with Liverpool, supporting the sacked Liverpool Dockers during their 1995-1998 dispute, and collaborating with them and Jimmy McGovern in writing the film ‘Dockers’ for Channel 4.


Join us for what will no doubt be one of the most refreshing and relevant takes on the times we are living through and how we can survive and connect with ourselves, audiences and our communities through creativity.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Peter Hooton co-founded, edited and wrote for the legendary Merseyside fanzine The End which featured football, music and fashion. Peter then became a songwriter with his group The Farm who went on to have a No 1 album. Over the years he has had numerous articles published in a variety of magazines and newspapers including the Face, the Observer, the Guardian, the Daily Mirror, Loaded, GQ, the Liverpool Echo and the New European. In 2009 he authored the top-selling Liverpool edition in the When Football Was Football book series. Peter has also scripted TV programmes, including a Granada TV documentary series about Liverpool’s social/economic and political history, BBC Newsnight (Hillsborough) and BBC This Week (Politics). Peter has most recently been executive producer of a documentary about Liverpool’s legendary manager Bill Shankly, Nature’s Fire, which has received critical acclaim.

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



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