Liverpool’s 2021 Year of Writing is 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.

Creative writing plays a key part in inspiring and engaging young people particularly, but across all ages too, in writing, helping to improve their engagement in education, their reading and their imagination, as well as their literacy.

#Liverpoolwrites will be active and inspirational, inclusive and diverse, on the streets, in schools and libraries, on the page, the stage, digital, on screen, on your phone. It will be a year full of high-quality and fun events workshops, panels, courses, festivals and activities for all ages.

Liverpool’s writers are world renowned:  Garrett, Hanley, Lowry, Lennon, McCartney, Woodbine, McGough, Henri, Bainbridge, Grant, Russell, Bleasedale, McGovern, Cottrell-Boyce, Deane, Tafari, Amoo’s, Hooton, Farley, Coe and Cox – the list grows by the day.

There are new generations in the city too, born and bred or bringing their talents from worlds afar, and new voices, in schools and in houses across the city, who will be inspired to find their voice by taking part in the #LiverpoolWrites year, which will include:

  • Write Here Write Now: A city-wide launch with a writing activity involving the whole population
  • Schools: writing competitions; Letters to Liverpool; Sharing/Caring words; Writing for online games; Coding and Make-fests; blogging and book reviews; Zine making workshops and the creation of new Zines by children and young people.
  • The Writer’s Bloc:pop up writing centres in local highstreets and libraries.
  • High profile Liverpool Writers in Residence throughout the year
  • A writer’s marketplace and a Writer’s Boot Camp
  • Competitions: Playwriting, novel writing, flash fiction and short stories, with a series of themes including the environment and recovering after the Lockdown/pandemic.

Launch Event

Missed the Year of Writing launch? Want to know what it’s all about? Tune in to our launch film below for Liverpool’s Year of Writing 2021!

To start what is set to be a creative year bursting with inspiration, opportunity and the written word in all its magical forms. From poetry to storytelling to script writing and sign – 2021 is the year to write and we’ve a few recognisable faces and names as part of the programme.

Watch the launch below and join us on social media with the #LiverpoolWrites

Show your support by tweeting, liking the Facebook page or joining in our events!