Writing on the Wall's festival launch event was a huge success on Thursday 1st May at The Bluecoat. Seventy children from five schools across Merseyside as well as various councillors and special guests took part in our 'Make Doves Not War' event to explore the theme of peace in the centenary year of the First World War. The schools arrived and Festival Director Madeline Heneghan introduced talks and readings by children's authors Cathy Cassidy and Jon Mayhew, and poet Sean Street, who all reflected on the themes of conflict both during wartime and in everyday life, and talked about their own families involvement in the First World War.
The 'Make Doves Not War' writing competition has now launched and is an exciting opportunity for a young writer aged 8-16 to have a piece of flash fiction or poetry published. The competition aims to promote peace through creativity during the centenary year of the First World War and is a way to get people thinking about the tremendous losses on both sides of the conflict. Closing date for the competition is Friday 24th October 2014. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By Alex Price