I suppose it’s better late than never, as I’ve been meaning to get to an event at the Writing on the Wall festival (WOW) for a few years now. I think the last time was a Q+A/writing workshop with staff from Lime Pictures at the Everyman in about 2008/09.
How I have managed to miss the Pulp Idol writing competition is beyond me, though I strongly suspect it went through one ear and out the other without connecting to the Hamster wheel factory in my head- a very likely supposition I think! Maybe I just need to get organised.
Anyway, the event- held in the upstairs function room of Leaf cafe in Bold Street, Liverpool began with a panel of judges going through the dozen finalists of the Pulp Idol- all of whom had to read out a chapter for three minutes and then get feedback, comments and questions from the panellists.
My two personal favourites were ‘The Locomotive Context’ by John Hewitt- A steampunk ‘Wild, wild West’ meets ‘The Iron Giant’, a fast-paced, gripping tale with short, sharp sentences told in First Person by Franklin, a boy who builds a Robot.
‘The Land of Shadows’ by Lizzy Morrison is a coming-of-age fantasy, again told in first person and set in the UK. It seems like a maigical/allegory-tale with lots of poetic imagery- another stand out piece.
After the authors showcase Clare Coombes read the first chapter of her new novel ‘Definitions’ which began life in a past Pulp Idol. A very disturbing trailer video launched the world of Charley, searching for her missing sister Gina and the unfolding drama, very tense and emotional. I’ll be doing a full review of the novel in due course, but was impressed with the beginning.
In short, a great night, caught at the tail end of the festival, though with a couple more events to come. So I will be sure to get involved more next year.