WoWFest announces first names for 2022 festival


Writing on the Wall has revealed the first names in its line-up for this year’s WoWFest.

The 2022 event will run online and live at Liverpool venues from May 3-28 and has the theme Future Imperfect.

Among those taking part in this year’s festival are The Responder screenwriter Tony Schumacher, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Gary Younge, authors Danielle Owen-Jones and Ashleigh Nugent, poet Hannah Lowe and Liverpool Literacy Agency founder Claire Coombes.

More names are still to be announced.

The festival opens at the Bluecoat on Tuesday, May 3 when Gary Younge will give a keynote address – I Dance Here on Other People’s Dreams - and WoWFest writers will perform live.

Costa Prize winning poet Hannah Lowe will be joined by members of Liverpool’s Dead Good Poets Society to present a world-class evening of performance at Blackburne House on May 4, while Sefton Park Palm House is the venue for Lark Lane: Past, Present, Future? which will discuss Kay Flavell’s book about the famous South Liverpool street.

On May 5 Claire Coombes will lead Sealing the Deal: Behind the Scenes in the Publishing Industry at Chapter of Us in Simpson Street. The event also features Ashleigh Nugent and Danielle Owen-Jones.

An Evening With Tony Schumacher takes place on Friday, May 6, and on May 7 Toxteth TV is the location of A Love Letter to Odesa, an afternoon of events and activities including readings, performance, music, spoken word and discussion.

More events are still set to be revealed.

WoWFest co-directors Madeline Heneghan and Mike Morris say: “Future Imperfect is all about acknowledging the grief, hostility, war, discrimination, and crises we are all currently facing, while also exploring the possibility of a future utopia, and potential glimmers of hope. We’re looking forward to hearing insights from our incredible line-up of speakers, and exploring our dreams for the future, together.

“We’re proud of the work we have achieved, bringing creativity to local communities, tackling social issues, and encouraging the people of Liverpool to tell their story.

"Our festival is not only a continuation of this work, but a chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and celebrate with the city’s creative community.”

WoWFest 2022: Future Imperfect runs from May 3-28. Full details and tickets from the website HERE