In the grip of a climate emergency, while culture wars and real wars rage, ‘WOWFEST: Fahrenheit 2024 – The temperature at which the world burns’ is an arena for ideas and a call to action.

Featuring Irvine Welsh, Beatrix Campbell, Jon Ronson, Jackie Kay, Jah Wobble, Salena Godden, Peter Hooton, Joelle Taylor, Andrew McMillian, Paul Farley, Luke Wright and more to be revealed soon!

The festival will unite local, national and international writers, artists and audiences to highlight the urgent need for change and the preservation of our planet through writing, performance and activism.

WoWFEST: Fahrenheit 2024 draws inspiration from Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, reflecting on the urgency of preserving knowledge and confronting censorship. Through writing, performance, and activism, WoWFEST aims to highlight the need for systemic change and the protection of our planet.

Throughout May, you can attend events to explore, discuss, and challenge these burning issues:

Jon Ronson: Things Fell Apart
Friday 3 May, 7.30pm
Live Online Event
The Tung Auditorium, Yoko Ono Lennon Centre

Irvine Welsh: 30 years of Trainspotting in conversation with Peter Hooton
Friday, 10 May, 8pm
Philharmonic Hall, Sugnall St, Liverpool L1 9BP

Salena Godden: Love, Grief and Fury
Saturday 11 May, 7pm
The Bluecoat, 8 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BX

Pity: Andrew McMillan, with Paul Farley
Tuesday 14 May, 6.30pm
Waterstone, Liverpool ONE

Luke Wrights Silver Jubilie Tour
Wednesday 22 May, 7pm
Leaf, 65-67 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ

An evening with Jackie Kay
Friday 24 May, 7.30pm
Philharmonic Music Room, Sugnall St, Liverpool L1 9BP

Jah Wobble: Memoirs of a Geezer
Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm
British Music Experience, Cunard Building

The Night Alphabet with Joelle Taylor in conversation with Roger Hill
Thursday 30 May, 8pm
Philharmonic Music Room, Sugnall St, Liverpool L1 9BP

Secrets and Silence with Beatrix Campbell in conversation with Liz Kelly
Wednesday 29 May, 6.30pm
The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James St, Liverpool L1 0AB

Madeline Heneghan and Mike Morris – Co-directors, Writing on the Wall said:

“At Writing on the Wall social justice and collective action are at our core. Now, more than ever, it’s time to stand up, mobilise, and utilise writing and creativity as tools for transformation”

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