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WoWFest is Liverpool’s longest running literary/writing festival. Beginning in 2000 as a single weekend event, it’s now a month-long programme of radical literature, debate, performance, activism and creative writing, running each May in venues across the city.

Born from the Docker’s Strike of 95-98, WoWFest has always been a radical programme of writers, journalists, performers, activists, commentators, broadcasters, academics and communities, bringing together high-profile and international guests alongside local professional artists and communities in relevant, interesting and dynamic discussions. Previous guests have included Ken Loach, Akala, Benjamin Zephaniah, Hollie McNish, Francesca Martinez, Irvine Welsh, Bonnie Greer, Alexei Sayle, Lemn Sissay and many more.

Change is in the air. All that is solid, like the icecaps, is melting into air. Things fall apart – can the centre hold? The rich are getting richer, but otherwise uncertainty is the order of the day; Brexit, climate change, class, feminism, gender, race, populism, fake news, digital surveillance, and more, much more, are changing and challenging all our old conceptions. The stage is now set at WoWFEST 19 to seek answers to the question ‘Where Are We Now?’

This year’s lineup includes Jo Brand, Peter Tatchell, Ben Okri, Kit De Waal, Jennifer Makumbi,Dina Nayeri, Cheryl Martin, Tony Platt, Phil Scraton, Lynsey Hanley, Laura Waddell, Bahriye Kemal, Paul Scraton, Gary Budden, Kerry Hudson, Dave Ward, James Meek, Ros Wynne Jones, Costas Lapavitsas, Anita Sethi and Jess Green.

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