Black History Month @ WoW

The global Black Lives Matter protests that characterised our summer were truly inspirational. Black communities and anti-racists across the globe are demanding change. Writing on the Wall are proud to present our programme for Black History month featuring some of the most inspirational local, national and international black artists, creatives and activists, featuring Man Booker Prize winner, Jamaican writer Marlon James and Berkeley Professor Stephen Small; Afrofuturist author and filmmaker Ytasha Womack returns from Chicago to take up residency on the Writing Bloc, and We are also delighted to welcome George DomanToni HickmanKeith Jones and Leroy Moore, US Krip Hop activists and stars of the Netflix documentary Phoenix Rising.

Throwing themselves into the debate around the Decolonization of Curriculums, are Dr Leona Vaughnwhile the 1919 Walking Tours, Mandela 8, the L8 Archive and The Windrush Music projects reveal hidden histories. Sophie Williams will be discussing her new book, How To Be An Anti-Racist Ally, and we see the return of the multi-talented Black Girl Lit Club. Arena Films dig into their archive to present Linton Kwesi Johnson’s A Caribbean Journey, with contemporary discussions and poetic responses from Karen McCarthy-WoolfAshleigh NugentLevi Tafari,  Olive SeniorColin GrantDanielle Boodoo-Fortuné and Vladimir Lucien.

Bringing the struggle home, Kim Johnson MP, Liverpool’s first black MP, and Tracey Gore, the newly appointed chair of the city’s Race Task force, will consider how we level the playing field in Liverpool, while films from WoW’s Time to Breathe writing project portray just how pressing that it is.  Throw children’s Story Time into the mix and there’s something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you throughout October.

As the President of the ‘free world’ dog whistles to white supremacists and in the UK  black people are increasingly targeted by police and far right thugs line our shores to beat back those fleeing war and famine, the most pressing questions now for the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racists everywhere is ‘What’s Next?’  Throughout  WoW’s Black History Month we will explore this question, and invite you to celebrate great writing and performance and engage in discussion and debate on these vital issues.


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Corona Times: sofa writer is back.

Susan Haniford
Lockdown is a time when you appreciate having good neighbours. There's a lovely couple who live across from me in the small garden in front of my flat. We're maintaining social distancing: them in their pinky white floral, verdant habitat, and me here in my brick and glass cage. 
We are, all three, voyeurs. I open my blinds, and watch them through my window, and from their imposing leafy height they study me. Two sets of beady eyes judge my unwashed hair, stained onesie and last night's plates on the table next to a chipped floral mug. "I know," I say to them. "But you try isolating alone for this long, and I'll bet your standards would drop too!" Underwhelmed, they resume their mutual preening and pecking at the cherry blossom branches. 
My slobbing on the sofa is not an unfamiliar sight, but they cock their heads in confusion and disbelief when I stand up to attempt some Joe Wicks PE moves. I'm sure they're willing me to get taller when I wobble about on tiptoes. Startled by my occasional bouts of yoga, they defecate at the sight of my strained cobra and warrior poses. I don't doubt they're most grateful for the days I keep my blinds closed.

Our occasional visitor is back. He doesn't care about self-isolating, and jumps from trunk to branch scaling our trees like he owns the place. In the spirit of good neighbourhood watch, I've been keeping an eye on him. He's been scurrying about hiding some mysterious bounty in multiple spots around the garden, and I suspect he's stockpiling. I'd like to ask my neighbours across the way what they think, but for all I know, the pigeons and squirrel might be friends. And besides, I'm not one to gossip.   

Susan Haniford writes short stories and articles, and has published online, and in magazines and anthologies, including a Forces publication, endorsed by Dame Vera Lynn. She was shortlisted for Edge Hill University MA Short Story Prize, and won a national competition judged by Hilary Mantel. 


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