Pens or keyboards at the ready! The people of Liverpool are being encouraged to get their creative juices flowing as Liverpool City Council launches its Year of Writing, today [Friday 22 January].
Co-ordinated by Writing on the Wall, #LiverpoolWrites will be a celebration of writing in all its forms, and will see writers, artists, and arts and cultural organisations coming together to inspire young and old to put pen to paper to improve literacy in the city.
The year of activity will start with a video launch, featuring messages from Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Anna Rothery, Acting Mayor Cllr Wendy Simon and writers from across the city region including Levi Tafari and Jude Lennon.
You can watch the film from 11am Friday 22 January on the Year of Writing website – www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/year-of-writing-2021/ .
The launch will be followed by the first citywide initiative ‘Write Here Write Now’ starting on Monday 25 January.
Adults and children are invited to get involved each day from Monday to Friday for a ten-minute writing burst to get the creative juices flowing. Video prompts for Write Here Write Now will be given by authors including Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Levi Tafari, Jeff Young, Winnie M Li, and Patrice Lawrence and will be posted on the #LiverpoolWrites website and social media channels, with children’s prompts going live daily at 9.30am and those for adults live from 6.30pm. The prompts will remain on the website as a resource throughout the year.
Everyone taking part in Write Here Write Now can share their pieces either on the initiative’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/2021LiverpoolYearofWriting – or by uploading to their own social media feeds using #LiverpoolWrites
Write Here Write Now will also host a similar week of activities for Early Years children the week beginning Monday 1 February, which is also National Storytelling Week. The week will feature plenty of writing and creative activities for parents and carers to share with their children.
There will also be plenty of work in schools, supported by School Improvement Liverpool and Liverpool Learning Partnership, including the Letter to Liverpool project, coding workshops and creating new zines.
The year-long #LiverpoolWrites programme is being planned with flexibility built in to respond to any guidance and restrictions that may be in place but will include:
- The Writer’s Bloc – pop-up writing centres in communities and libraries
- Liverpool Writers in Residence
- Writing advice desks
- Heritage trails
- A Writer’s Marketplace and a Writer’s Boot Camp
- Competitions including playwriting, novel writing, flash fiction and short stories.
#LiverpoolWrites follows on from 2020’s Year of Reading.