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Creative Writing Sessions for Participants from Black and other Racial Minority Communities in Knowsley

by Alison Cornmell

Do you live in Knowsley?

Are you a member of a Black, Asian, or other racial minority community?

Are you interested in being creative and learning new skills?

Do you have a story to share?

Writer, Natalie Denny, is leading Creative Writing Sessions for participants from Black and other Racial Minority Communities at Kirkby Library in Knowsley.

Different Voices – Shared Lives is a new creative collaboration from Writing on the Wall (WoW) and Liverpool City Region (LCR) Library Services. The project will develop and showcase writing talent from the regions Black, Asian, Irish, Roma, and other racial minority communities.

Funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and taking place in Halton, Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral, the project sees the combination of WoW’s acclaimed What’s Your Story? and their Creative Heritage work. Different Voices – Shared Lives will provide platforms, pathways, and creative opportunities for underrepresented communities across the LCR to express themselves, raise awareness of their histories and explore contemporary experiences of living and working in the region.

In Knowsley Borough, participants will take part in a series of creative writing workshops with writer, Natalie Denny, at Kirkby Library; creating work that places diverse voices at the forefront for the benefit of future generations. These stories will be showcased in a variety of settings across the region, including the borough libraries.

Writing on the Wall Co-Director Madeline Heneghan says:

“Offering the region’s Black, Asian and other minority communities the opportunity to share their stories, enriches all of our lives across the region. It educates, creates community and combats racism. This is a unique City-Region wide collaboration that will work with diverse communities to offer them the space and a platform to relate, discuss and share their experiences, and their stories with support and guidance to develop their own creativity. We are looking forward to meeting new people and to discovering the histories and heritage of communities whose stories have been largely undocumented and neglected and to creating new writing, poetry, publications and performance, for everyone to experience and enjoy.”

A Knowsley Council Spokesperson said:

“Hearing all the voices of Knowsley’s Black, Asian and other minority communities is very important to us. It’s especially significant that this project happens now, during our year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture – a time when we’re celebrating the many stories that make up Knowsley’s past, present and future.”

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram comments: 
“Our region’s diversity is one of our great strengths; something to be celebrated and encouraged. It enriches our culture, economy, and the very fabric of our society. I launched a Race Equality Programme to help nurture that diversity, level the playing field, create opportunities and tackle structural racism across our region. This project, led by Writing on the Wall, will place a special emphasis on the lived experience of underrepresented communities and will help us understand the barriers they face and develop lasting solutions.”

Different Voices – Shared Lives will engage the region’s racial minority communities to highlight their experiences within the LCR, which are often left out of mainstream narratives and education. The project also provides an opportunity to share histories outside of celebratory history months, such as Black History Month and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) History Month, amongst others. This is in continuation of WoW’s understanding and ethos that year-round representation is necessary to further equality.

The project will also provide a creative outlet for underrepresented communities to improve health and wellbeing, validate lived experience, and serve as a powerful tool for change. Different Voices – Shared Lives will also no doubt touch on the communities’ experiences during the pandemic, who are disproportionately affected. With this project, WoW and LCR Library Services hope to strengthen local communities, championing new writing talent.

This six-week writing programme will take place every Friday 11pm – 1pm from Friday 8th April at Kirkby Library in Knowsley.

To take part, please contact mikey.dunne@writingonthewall.org.uk or call 0151 703 0200.

For more info go to: https://writingonthewall.org.uk

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Writing on the Wall (WoW) the Liverpool City Region’s current Arts Organisation of the Year (2020), is a dynamic writing charity that celebrates individual and collective creativity across Merseyside. Working in diverse communities, WoW delivers an annual month-long writing festival and a year- round programme of creative projects and activities.