Words over bullets, bombast instead of bombs, debating the death of the brave and their legacy – how we went from a Land fit for Heroes to living on Benefits Street. Writing on the Wall presents Shell Shock, a festival to celebrate and commemorate, exploring the centenary of the First World War; those who served, and those, like George Garrett, who wrote.
If Liverpool were to set sail on one of the many ships that have left its shores, Below Decks, where Garrett's 'Subterranean Theatre' puts in its nightly shift, is where it would find itself. WoW's annual festival 2012 celebrated all things beneath the water line.
It was the tenth year of the Writing on the Wall festival and this year WoW celebrated with a range of exciting literary events.
In 2008, Liverpool was celebrating its status as European Capital of Culture.
2006 saw Levi Tafari, Danny Morrison, Brain Patten and Diana Melly all featuring in Writing on the Wall.
WOW 2004's top event had got to be a talk from Noam Chomsky at Liverpool University, the venue was packed out.
Writing on the Wall presents a radical programme featuring today's best writers, ranters, artists, thinkers, commentators and activists, designed to challenge, provoke and inspire you to pick up your pen, change, the world and... bake bread. We've got rebels and radicals, port city writers and old-fashioned football fans, lockouts and launches, some nice men and billions of women, flashes of horror, circus performers and curious stories, and word upon word upon word...
All designed to help the pressure drop.
It was Liverpool's most Radical year, and WOW featured cutting edge writers, riotous debates, left hooks and rhythms of resistance.
2009 was a festival for celebrating outsiders: writers, muscians and artists well known for defying convention and corporate attitudes.
In Liverpool's 800 year, WOW 2007 explored the legacy of slavery and exalted in it's history of rebellion.
This week long festival took place in April 2005, with writers like Brain Jacques and Book prize winner Barry Unsworth.
2003 was the year for featuring local talent, with young writers contributing and editing this brochure with festival highlights coming from Brian Reade, Kevin Sampson and Clare Shaw.