'Mental Health and Me'
LIVERPOOL'S Mental Health Consortium
Writing on the Wall are delighted to announce that the:- 'Mental Health
writing competition is back for its 2nd year!
As part of Liverpool's World Mental Health Day celebrations on Saturday 10
October 2015, we are inviting you to send us an original response to the
expression:- 'Mental Health and Me.' Last year's competition was one of the
highlights of the World Mental Health Day programme and attracted a wide selection
of creative work across 6 categories:- 'poetry', 'short stories',
'diary pieces' or
'blog posts', 'letters', a piece of 'journalism', or even a
'tweet'. This year, we're
adding a brand new category:- 'Spoken Word' which we hope will appeal to the
creative flair of even more people.
We would encourage entries from anyone with an interest in:- 'Mental Health
Wellbeing.' If mental distress has affected you or someone close to you, if you
have experience as a carer or a professional, or if you have a particular
interest in the subject of mental health for any reason, we want to hear from
you. Critical voices are also welcome!
This year's competition is open to anyone living within Merseyside (Liverpool,
Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens) and to all age groups.
Our local ambassador, Councillor Clare Glare says:- "Last year I loved the
quality and honesty of writing in the Mental Health and Me competition from such
a wide range of personal experiences. People were clearly passionate about
sharing their story; the highs and the lows, and the results were incredibly
The 2014 overall competition winner, Gemma Rogers says:- "I am
incredibly lucky to be at a stage in my recovery where I can use my experience
to help others, and my entry for 'Mental Health and Me' was an honest insight
into depression and its side effects. It was an eye opening experience to read
other people's work and see how mental illness has such a wide spread effect and
how many lives it effects."
Mental Health and Me Competition Rules
The competition is based around the theme 'Mental Health and Me',
and will be
judged around 7 categories:-
► Short stories
► Spoken Word
For each category, there will be a judging
panel comprising of professional writers, booksellers, librarians, and people with
personal experience of mental distress. The winners of each category will form
the shortlist from which the overall winner will be selected. For specific
guidelines on each category, please see the Submission Details.
So what will I win?
The overall champion of all 7 categories will win the special WoW
and LMHC trophy,
and book tokens from our independent book store, News from Nowhere! AND - The
winners and runners-up from each category (including the Top 10 Tweets) will be
included in an anthology, published by Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and
Writing on the Wall. Once the winner has been announced, free hard copies will
be available to everyone included in the anthology, with free copies available
On the evening of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, all shortlisted
entrants will be invited to a celebratory event at Liverpool Central Library and
will be given the opportunity to read their work to the public. And between you
and me... a special guest will be announced to judge the winner. Last year we
were delighted to receive support from Ruby Wax... watch this space!
When is the deadline?
The competition is now open; from 1 August 2015,
and closes at 5pm on Monday, 14
September 2015. No entries will be accepted after this date, so make sure you
don't miss out!
For more information and for details on competition rules and how to submit your
entry, please see Writing on the Walll's website.
It's Story Time
BOOK your place for storytime sessions aboard a ferry, in
the City's parks or a community garden as Liverpool joins in a national
celebration of reading.
"Anytime is Storytime", part of the the national Read On. Get On.
campaign takes place on Monday, 10 August 1015 when stories will be read aloud at
seven locations across the City. The storytelling is aimed at Under 5's with the
whole family invited to come and enjoy the sessions together.
Liverpool City Council is fully supporting Anytime is Storytime and councillors
will be joining storytellers from City of Readers and Beanstalk who will be
offering both group and 1 to 1 reading sessions, encouraging families to
bring along a blanket, get comfy and relax with some quality reading time.
Councillor Lana Orr, Mayoral Lead for Primary Schooling, will be boarding the
Dazzle ferry; Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for
Education, Employment and Skills will be joining the session at Chavasse Park
and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O'Byrne will be at the L15 Community Garden in Garmoyle Road
The community garden is in the Greenbank ward where Councillors are encouraging
reading as a priority.
Councillor Jay Roberts said:- "We have chosen
literacy as 1 of the ward priorities and are delighted to participate in the
City's 'Anytime is Storytime' event on 10 August
As a ward councillor I have made monthly free books available to all children
under 5 in our ward over the past 2 years, part funded by the international
Dolly Parton Imagination Library scheme"
Councillor Orr added:- "Anytime is Storytime, is a really imaginative way
of getting young children interested in reading. They will be able to hear
stories with their families in different locations and I am sure it will
encourage them to want to hear more and get them interested in books."
Other locations staging storytime sessions are the Isla Gladstone Conservatory,
Stanley Park and Croxteth Hall and there will also be activities taking place at
Liverpool Central Station and Liverpool Central Library throughout the day .
The Storytime events will be taking place from 12pm to 3pm. Group storytelling
sessions will take place at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm with ongoing family storytelling
sessions throughout the day.
The Reader Organisation will also be hosting a special version of their weekly
Tiny Reads session from 10am to 11.00am at Calderstones Mansion House in
This will be an hour of picture books, crafts, rhymes and
songs to entertain the little ones and start them on their reading journey.
The events are free although there is a charge for
adults and children over 5 on the ferry.
City's Diverse World Culture Celebrated On
'Liverpool Loves' Festival Day
LIVERPOOL'S vibrant and diverse world culture will be
celebrated next week as part of the new 3 day 'Liverpool Loves' festival.
Often described as having the 'World In One City', Liverpool is home to
an exciting mix of cultures and communities; and many will be represented at:-
'Liverpool Loves' next Saturday, 8 August 2015.
The fun starts at 10am when visitors are invited to the iconic setting of Pier
Head Liverpool; part of the City's UNESCO World Heritage Site; for a full 12
hours of activities, workshops and entertainment.
The family friendly programme will span across zoned areas covering music, the
arts, dance, food and drink and health and well being; creating a real festival
atmosphere at the heart of the waterfront.
The day's programme will take place indoor in a bespoke Big Top, outside on a
number of stages, and within zoned outdoor areas for culture, health and
well being, and refreshments.
Liverpool's fascinating culture will feature traditional dance,
music and art from the communities represented. 'Liverpool Loves' is a free
Liverpool is home to Europe's oldest Chinese community, and the City has the
largest Chinese arch outside mainland China.
To celebrate their Chinese heritage in Liverpool, China Pearl
will host a parade of traditional stunning Chinese costumes. The parade will
start from the festival's main entrance; located on Canada Boulevard between
the Royal Liver Building and the Cunard Building; and will make its way through
the festival site to the Big Top. China Pearl will also perform Chinese music
and dance, as well as inviting festivalgoers to participate in the grandeur of a
Chinese Tea Ceremony.
Visitors can try their hand at the traditional art of Chinese painting and
origami with HuaYun Arts, who will also be performing excerpts from the Huanhmei
Opera and showcasing the majestic Chinese harp.
The Indian community will celebrate through dance, with RuShee Dance Group
performing a number of spectacular Bollywood and Bangra dance routines. This
promises to be energetic, colourful and has to be witnessed 1st hand.
Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival presents a wonderful selection of
music and dance celebrating the Arab culture, which always proves to be popular
during their annual festival.
Brazilian samba drum ensemble Katumba will entertain visitors with their unique
sound, colourful look and high impact choreography. A definite crowd puller.
But this isn't all. There will be plenty of nods to Liverpool
culture within the programme. Early birds are invited to start their day at
'Liverpool Loves' with a morning rave from Morning Gloryville; the perfect way to
shake away that sleepy head with dance, relaxing massages and fruit smoothies.
Sing Me Merseyside Choir's live performances are certain to be a highlight of
the day, including live renditions of famous Liverpool songs. So get that voice
warmed up as audience participation is a must!
Martin O'Shea from Bold Management is curating the soundtrack to the day, which
will feature a live music programme across four stages throughout the day and
evening, including 'Liverpool Loves' New Music; Dovedale Social; Merseyrail Sound
Station and 'Liverpool Loves' Allstars.
Dance music fans will not want to miss Portuguese producer and DJ Rui Da Silva
who closes the Big Top Stage, famous for the anthem Touch Me which went to
number 1 in the UK charts in 2001.
While the live music is on the outdoor stages, those looking for
an alternative can try the 'Shush Silent Disco'. Great for all ages; and plenty
of fun guaranteed.
Play your part in the 'Liverpool Loves' community art piece,
'Love Art UK'. Help
spread the word of love by writing a message on 'The Love Wall' about what love
Shopping and fashion are part of Liverpool's exciting culture. For those who
love a bit of vintage shopping, then 'Capstan's Bazaar' will be on hand throughout
the day with a range of stalls offering the ultimate vintage finds when it comes
to trinkets, arts and crafts.
After those vintage discoveries have been made, take a trip to the Button
Boutique workshop where visitors can make their own fascinator or for a bit of
Liverpool fun, create a Scouse puppet.
The cultural programme will run alongside a dedicated children's activity area
hosting arts, crafts and dance workshops. This includes circus skills from the:-
'Free Fall Circus', from The Florrie, who will be offering tasters in hula hooping,
the unicycle, juggling and Diablo and poi.
'Liverpool Loves' is the final day of the 3 day festival, which starts with
'Liverpool Loves' Business on Thursday, 6 August 2015, and 'Liverpool Loves' Ireland on
Friday, 7 August 2015.
'Liverpool Loves' will shine the spotlight on all that is special
about Merseyside, through 4 key core themes for 2015:- "business, culture, food and
The North West Fund are headline sponsors of 'Liverpool Loves' Business. They join
Campanile Hotels UK, part of Louvre Hotels Europe, who are also supporting the
event. 'Liverpool Loves' is also supported by the City's Mayor Joe Anderson.
Keep up to date with the latest announcements at:-
National Waterways Museum
celebrates the early days for the canals
THE Canal and River Trust will be
celebrating the early days of canals at the National Waterways Museum, on
Sunday, 16 August 2015, with 'Horses at Work and War'.
Now in its 6th year, the event has become 1 of the most popular attractions in
the Museum's annual calendar of events. Visitors to the Museum will see working
horses giving a unique demonstration of horse drawn canal boating, horses being
shod, and have the opportunity to take a wagonette ride round the historic canal
docks. The Parkgate Pony Sanctuary will be giving pony rides for children; a
fun day out for all the family.
This year there will also be the opportunity to hear and see how horses were
used during wartime; both the Napoleonic era 1815 and First World War 1915.
John Inch, General Manager, said:- "We're delighted to be welcoming the
Grenadiers a Cheval to the event, fresh from attending the recent 200th
anniversary celebrations of Waterloo." As well as the horses, all the usual Museum attractions will be available to
visitors:- displays of historic boats, indoor exhibitions, indoor soft play area
and activities, boat trips and more.
For more information please visit:-
CanalRiverTrust.Org.uk/NWM or find
Facebook. Located next to Junction 9 of the M53.