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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Custard Creams and Lockdown

Hannah Norris

Custard Creams

I haven’t done any home workouts despite receiving such encouraging invitations from sparkly women offering virtual barre*, yoga and even drum and bass dance classes. The problem really isn’t lack of choice, is it? I haven’t made banana bread. I could do, but I’d just feel like someone pretending to be wholesome. What if banana bread is a gateway drug - before you know it, you’re donning a pinny and going full 1950s housewife? I haven’t carried out any home improvements or decluttered. Marie Kondo I am not.
Welcome to the house of gluttony. This is where the magic happens. It is here I shovel Custard Creams into my lacklustre chops. I shan’t berate myself, for I know this activity has not been in vain. Pre-lockdown, I didn’t know that Asda’s C.C offering is the crème de la crème, Aldi’s are okay and Londis only dependable for those eleventh-hour cravings (in keeping with the space Londis occupies in my life more generally).
Lockdown, a time to celebrate the little wins, eh?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read, written and ran more. Like many, I’ve had time to reflect on the important relationships in my life. But when I think of this time in years to come, I will remember the reassurances that came from these reliable biccies. The yellow custard powder a symbol of brighter days to come.
* a pilates, yoga and ballet mash-up.

Hannah Norris is a ‘Nottingham lass’ living in and madly in love with Liverpool. Hannah works in Higher Education by day, and is a local history enthusiast, by night. She has recently begun blogging, at


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