Wirral writers to feature in Black History Month anthology

12 October 2022
Logo for the Different Voices Shared Lives project

Writing by a number of Wirral residents is featured in an anthology of works being published this month as part of Black History Month.

Black History Month takes place in October every year and is an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK.

This summer, the Liverpool-based creative arts organisation - Writing on the Wall - worked with libraries across the Liverpool City Region in a project that aimed to platform diverse voices from across the region that are often isolated and overlooked.

Wirral residents took part in a six-week creative writing programme at Birkenhead Central library Led by rapper and spoken word artist, Blue Saint.

The workshops provided platforms, pathways and creative opportunities for underrepresented communities to express themselves, raise awareness of their histories and explore contemporary experiences of living and working in the region.

The culmination of this work is the book entitled ‘Different Voices - Shared Lives’, which gives new insights into the region’s culture and heritage and brings to the fore neglected histories and new and powerful voices.

The book is being launched on Thursday 27 October at 6pm at Liverpool Central Library where there will be performances and readings from some of the writers and facilitating artists Janaya Pickett, Amina Atiq, Natalie Denny, and Blue Saint. 

Tickets to the launch area available to book online

Different Voices – Shared Lives is a creative collaboration from Writing on the Wall (WoW) and Liverpool City Region (LCR) Library Services.

This project has been made possible by Liverpool City Region for Culture (LCR Cultural Events programme) funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The book will be available to borrow from Wirral libraries.

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