Free creative writing course
at the Liverpool Pride Festival 2016
THE organisers of the Liverpool Pride
Festival 2016 have announced they are delighted to be working in partnership
with widely acclaimed organisation, Writing on the Wall (WoW).
Together, Liverpool Pride and WoW are encouraging members of the LGBT
communities to get involved in a creative writing course lasting 10 weeks with
the theme, What's Your Pride Story. Everyone has a story to tell and now both
organisations want to know yours!
What's Your Story is a long running WoW initiative, and now Liverpool Pride has
commissioned the organisation to create and deliver a unique project
specifically for Pride.
The weekly sessions start, on Thursday, 5 May 2016, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, at
Central Library on William Brown Street. The project will conclude with a
performance during the Liverpool Pride Festival 2016.
Liverpool Pride Festival 2016 offers a week long programme starting on Saturday
23rd July. The festival culminates with a 2 day event the following weekend
(Saturday and Sunday, 30 and 31 July), which takes place in the St George's
Cultural Quarter, featuring the well established Liverpool Pride March on the
The aim of What's Your Pride Story is to uncover new stories from unheard voices
within the LGBT community. Participants will embark on a 10 week creative
writing course with established writer Helen Sandler, with an opportunity to
recite their completed work at Liverpool Pride.
In addition, a What's Your Pride Story book will be created and works will be
published to celebrate all forms of creative writing within Liverpool's LGBT
Joan Burnett, a Trustee of the Liverpool Pride Festival, commented:-
"Liverpool Pride is so happy to be working with Writing on the Wall to recognise
and help develop the talents of writers in our region who want to express what
it's like to be LGBT today and to tell their Pride Story. The resulting
publication and performances will stand testament to the creativity of our
communities and be an important record of what Pride means to people far beyond
the festival itself."
Writing on the Wall Project Manager Emma Hulme added:- "What's Your Pride
Story is the perfect way to share personal experiences and raise the profile of
an often marginalised yet diverse community, in particular with a sharing of the
work at such a prominent event as Liverpool Pride."
Writing on the Wall are proud to announce writer Helen Sandler will be heading
up the project as course tutor. Helen is a writer, poet and editor who thrives
on leading initiatives such as this.
Helen is originally from Manchester and now
lives in Wales. She is a published writer and her credits include lesbian themed
novels Big Deal and The Touch Typist, and she has written for Diva magazine. Her
new novel, The Wishmistress, is set in Liverpool and is being published in July
through a crowd funding campaign.
Helen Sandler is delighted to be part of the project, she commented:- "We
are going to have a great time on this project. It's a chance to write about
your life as an LGBT person, queer things up, have some fun, and also deal with
any serious issues that are on your mind. Don't worry if you haven't written
anything before; or equally if you have. It will suit anyone who wants to get
stuck in and be part of a group who are sharing their stories."
Entry via application and places are limited. All voices are welcomed and WoW
aims to include as many different stories that reflect the diversity of the LGBT
community in Liverpool.
What's Your Pride Story is the latest addition to the Liverpool Pride Festival
2016. Other new initiatives for 2016 include Dress With Pride to encourage
customer facing businesses to dress up during the week of Pride to help raise
funds for the Liverpool Pride charity; and Come Out Of The Shadows, a campaign
to see the City's iconic venues be lit in the Pride rainbow colours in a bid to
make Liverpool the most visibly LGBT friendly City in the UK, this is supported
by the Police Commissioner's Fund as a Hate Crime initiative.
Liverpool Pride is now a key highlight in the City's Summer events programme,
attracting more than 25,000 people each year to attend, take part and support
the annual LGBT festival.
This year, the all new Liverpool Pride Festival 2016 will take a more prominent
and visual position in the City, taking over St George's Cultural Quarter
including St George's Hall, The Plateau, William Brown Street, and St John's
Gardens. The festival will be organised and delivered by Orb Events, the
Liverpool based company who created the very first Pride event in 2010.
As always, the festival coincides with the anniversary of murdered gay teenager
Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008. The Liverpool
Pride festival was specifically created in his memory as a way to celebrate his
life and to empower the LGBT communities.
Application forms for What's Your Pride Story
are available by emailing:-
Find out more about What's Your Pride Story on the groups website at:-
WritingOnTheWall.Org.UK and on:-