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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LOCKDOWN 1

Angela Cheveau

Locked inside your walls
the only place left to go
is inside your heart.
 
This prison of bricks,
yet my mind can fly free on
a sea of blossoms.
 
Pigeons wandering
aimlessly wondering where
all the people went.
 
Knitting in sunlight
she takes threads of the blue sky
to wrap herself in.
 
Separate we see
that we have always been one
love is the answer.
 
Inside I am still
sheltering from outside storms
anchored by my breath.
 
Once bustling city
brought to its knees in silence
praying for release.
 
 
There is magic in
this moment of peacefulness
if we look within.
 
Wrapping herself up
In quietness the earth draws
In a gentle breath.
 
Listen to the quiet
breathing of the sleeping earth
as she softly heals.
 
Flowers whisper up
their poetry to the sky
like coloured prayers.
 
The delicate light
of a blossom heavy bough
my heart aches for you.
 
Faces of loved ones
 written across the pages
of my heavy heart.
 
Playful memories
Snapshots of happier times
Folded in my heart. 



Angela Cheveau (47) lives at home, caring for her mother, a stroke survivor who has recently suffered a brain injury. Angela has always wanted to write but lacked confidence, and is only just becoming brave enough to show her work to anybody. 
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