Black communities and anti-racists across the globe are demanding change. Writing on the Wall are proud to present our programme for Black History month featuring some of the most inspirational local, national and international black artists, creatives and activists.

Joining them from the USA are Man Booker Prize winner, Jamaican writer Marlon James and Berkeley Professor Stephen Small. Afrofuturist author and filmmaker Ytasha Womack returns from Chicago to take up residency on The Writer’s Bloc; WoW’s dedicated online centre for writing. They are also delighted to welcome US Krip Hop activists and stars of the Netflix documentary Phoenix Rising; George Doman, Toni Hickman, Keith Jones and Leroy Moore.

Launching into the debate around the Decolonization of Curriculums, are Dr Leona Vaughn , while the 1919 Walking Tours, Mandela 8, the L8 Archive and the Windrush Music projects reveal histories not taught in schools.

Magid Magid shares the art of disruption while Sophie Williams is looking for Anti-Racist Allies, and we see the return of the multi-talented Black Girl Lit Club. Arena Films dig into their archive to present Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Caribbean Journey, with contemporary discussions and poetic responses from Karen McCarthy-Woolf, Ashleigh Nugent, Levi Tafari, Olive Senior, Colin Grant, Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné and Vladimir Lucien.

Bringing the struggle home, Kim Johnson MP, Liverpool’s first black MP, and Tracey Gore, the newly appointed chair of the city’s Race Task force, will consider how we level the playing field in Liverpool, while films from WoW’s Time to Breathe writing project portray just how pressing that it is. Throw children’s Story Time, featuring multi-award winning poet Patience Agbabi, into the mix and there’s something for everyone. They look forward to seeing you throughout October.

Writing on the Wall Co-Director Madeline Heneghan said

‘The global Black Lives Matter protests that characterised our summer were truly inspirational. Black communities and anti-racists across the globe are demanding change. We are proud to announce our programme and shine a light on the issues and questions that are arising like ‘What’s Next?’ Throughout October, we will explore this question, and invite you to celebrate great writing and performance and engage in discussion and debate on these vital issues.’





1st – 31st October

Time to Breathe films

1st October

So We Marched, What Next? With Tracey Gore and Kim Johnson MP


2nd October

Black Rights Matter: Defending Equality Against the New Far Right with Shami Chakrabarti


2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th October

Storytime with Yvonne Battle-Felton, Patrick Graham, Nathan Powell, Cheryl Martin & Claire Heuchan


3rd October

Rising Phoenix: Music, Race and Disability


4th & 18th October

1919 Walking Tours


7th October

Decolonising the Curriculum with Dr Leona Vaughn


5 – 23rd October

Ytasha Womack Writer on the Bloc 3 week Residency

14th October

Marlon James in conversation with Irenosen Okojie


13th – 17th October

Your Local Arena presents: Caribbean Journey


20th October

Re-Righting History: Liverpool with Laurence Westgaph, Sonia Bassey, Emy Onuora & Stephen Nze


22nd October

Public Health Crises Then and Now with Stephen Small


26th October

The Art of Disruption with Magid Magid


27th October

How to be an Anti-Racist Ally with Sophie Williams


28th October

Black Girl Lit Club: Loud Black Girls


29th October

Windrush: Music of the People


Date: 1st – 31st October 2020

Events to be live streamed on Writing on the Wall’s Facebook page


Black History Month @ Writing on the Wall is part of a wider Liverpool city offer with Creative Organisation of Liverpool (COoL) and partners from 1st – 31st October celebrating Black History Month

Full COoL and Partners programme coming 23rd September 2020

Thank you to Mayor’s City Fund and Culture Liverpool