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Liverpool’s 2021 Year of Writing Celebration and handover to 2022 Year of Spoken Word

Admission Free
Start Time 12:00
End Time 16:00

An event to bring writers, independent publishers, booksellers, partners, and communities, together to celebrate the Year of Writing and the official hand over to the Year of Spoken Word

Liverpool’s 2021 Year of Writing has been a celebration of writing in all its forms designed to discover new voices and publish new writing through a partnership of arts and cultural organisations, writers, artists, educators and businesses as part of an inclusive drive to improve literacy in the city.

Special Guest Appearance by acclaimed writer, Yvonne Battle Felton

Writing activities and workshops

Poetry workshops and games

Community Choir performances

Writers’ advice sessions

1:1 Literary Agent appointments

Live local author readings

The premier of the ‘It’s My Life Young’ person Writing Commissions 

Open Mic

FREE resources and giveaways.

Join in to celebrate creativity and look forward to the Year of Spoken Word and many new creative opportunities.

“The Year of writing has involved communities across the Liverpool City Region, inspiring them to get creative. It has worked with our many talented writers, offered commissions to new and up and coming writers, and provided a platform for expression and engagement, supporting wellbeing and combatting isolation.

Most of all it has been great fun, and we are proud that we have been able to play our part in support Liverpool’s drive to improve literacy across the city. We’re looking forward to seeing what The Year of Spoken word will bring the city’

Mike Morris, Chair of the Year of Writing and Co-Director of Writing on the Wall.

“The Liverpool Literacy Cycle was set up to support skills development in the city. I am delighted to report it has delivered creative engagement and opportunities across the city region and beyond given the reach of a growing online and social media presence. In 202o the Year of Reading was celebrated, this year the focus has been the Year of Writing and 2022 will be Liverpool Year of Spoken Word and performance. If you wish to engage with any of the forthcoming events or projects, check out the website and follow us on social media #LiverpoolSpeaks.”

Councillor Barbara Murray, Labour Councillor for Yew Tree Ward, Chair of Education and Skills Select Committee

‘This has been a year bursting with creativity. It has been a delight to see so many activities and opportunities for people to express themselves. The community and camaraderie between creatives has been inspiring and shown what can be achieved collectively. I am excited to see the work written throughout the year be performed and the new projects that will take place during the 2022 Year of Spoken Word, #LiverpoolSpeaks.’

John Maguire, Project Coordinator, #LiverpoolWrites, Creative Director of ArtsGroupie CIC.

You can find more information on the Liverpool Year of Writing at:

If you would like a discussion about engagement, please contact: 

Project coordinator, John Maguire,


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