Writing on the Wall Festival and competition

The team at UK Meet are always pleased to share news of like-minded events, so today we’re welcoming Tom from Writing on the Wall to tell us all about the event and a very special competition:

There are a swarm of literary events happening over the course of May in the city of Liverpool as part of the Writing on the Wall (Wow) Festival. This festival celebrates not only the written and spoken word, but also diversity within the writing world. We are running an event on the changing definitions of Gender in the 21st Century that is sure to be unmissable. Led by Juno Dawson, formerly James, and The Vivienne, Liverpool’s very own UK Ambassador for RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Abigail Tarttelin author of Golden Boy, we discuss gender identity in the 21st Century and ask the question: Mainstream or Minority?

We understand that not everyone is able to attend the festival so we are also running a fiction writing competition that can be applied for both nationally and internationally! WoW’s acclaimed Pulp Idol novel-writing competition returns for its 10th anniversary. Are you an aspiring novelist wanting the chance to have your work published? Then this competition is for you. Focusing on new and unheard voices, with huge success from previous finalists, this is an opportunity for new writers to have their novels showcased to the public, including the possibility of exposure to new audiences and communication with publishers and agents. Past publishing successes include James Rice (Alice and the Fly), Deborah Morgan (Disappearing Home) and Clare Coombes (Definitions).

To celebrate 10 years, we are again having a national entry, and opening up for the first time to an international online entry! You will have a chance to enter online in our national and international categories via our YouTube channel. The Pulp Idol winner will have their work read by an agent/publisher. All finalists will have their first chapter published in our book of ‘Firsts’, available as an eBook on all major online outlets. A copy will be sent out to agents and publishers across the country. The guest judge for this year’s competition is author Tony Schumacher (The Darkest Hour, The British Lion).  


For details on competition rules please download them here.

For YouTube entries (National or International) click here –  For more details on competition rules for National and International entries please download them here.

Deadline for Entry: Midnight Sunday 10 April 2016

Heats: Week commencing 23 April 2016

Final: Friday 27 May 2016, 7.00pm. Venue TBC

WoW is very keen to increase the number of entrants from the LGBT community and would appreciate your support in circulating this information as widely as possible in order to help the festival, and you, reach their potential!


Ticket sales – looking back and going forward

Just to clarify about ticket sales for 2015 (and by implication 2016).

We sell tickets on one basis only – chronological, first come first served. No other conditions are applied.

We received a number of requests this year for people or their friends to be given a ticket, even though the event was sold out and a waiting list in place. In every case the request was refused as it wouldn’t have been fair on people who were trying to get places through the proper channels. We offered those requesters the chance to go on the waiting list, but this was rarely taken up. As it turned out, and much to our surprise, we were able to offer everyone on the waiting list a ticket, albeit at short notice.

2016 event priority booking information

While we don’t yet have a date or venue, our thoughts are turning to UK Meet 2016.

Due to unprecedented demand for places this year, we’ve decided to have a priority booking period for 2016, only open to members of the UK Meet mailing list. We’ll be releasing more details of how this will work as we go along, because we’ll be introducing some new things to try to ensure ticket sales are administered as fairly as possible.

If you want the opportunity of priority booking, make sure you subscribe (there’s a link on every page of our website).

Is it gin o’clock yet?

From the UK Meet team – Charlie, Clare, Jamie, Elin, Liam and Cathy

Help keep the team sane

Just a quick word or two in the interests of the sanity of the team:
– if we e-mail you direct, please respond.
– if we mail you through the Mailchimp list, please read what we send. This will become increasingly vital as the year goes on.
– most important, if you’re on the waiting list and receive an e-mail about a ticket becoming available, please obey the instructions in it.
As the event has grown bigger we have less time to spend chasing people and want to put our energies into the important stuff!

The organisers’ timeline!

We often get asked, “When will this happen? And what about that?” so here’s our timeline for the next few months. Keep coming back for updates!

Programme: Draft on website, February.

Entertainments: At dotting i’s and crossing t’s stage. Notification via mailing list once details finalised.

Panels: Thanks to all who volunteered. Main panel participants to be contacted by e-mail in February.

Readerzone/Utterly authorly (2015 version of Buffet of Banter): Thanks to all volunteers! Table leaders to be contacted by e-mail in March.

Welcome desk team and arrangements: Roll out May onwards.

Pitches with publishers: Sign up opens via mailing list in June.

Team and plan for tote bag stuffing: Roll out July onwards.

Arrangements for book fair: Roll out July onwards.

Hotel booking now open

Please read this carefully!

You can now book your accommodation at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel for UK Meet 2015, but make sure you use the direct hotel number, 0117 9255 100 (44 117 9255 100 from overseas). We can’t guarantee that the central reservations/online bookings systems are working that far ahead.

When booking, please quote the event name and date to get the special rate: “UK GLBTQ 11 SEP 2015″ or use the code BZO. There are some three night packages available, but they don’t come under our remit, so please ask the hotel direct.

Attendees are responsible for their own bookings. We have a limited number of rooms put aside for our attendees, at £115 per room per night (single occupancy), £125 per room per night (double occupancy). The rooms available will all be at least their standard Queen-sized option. Booking will also include complimentary use of the Leisure Club in the hotel. Booking cost includes breakfast for the one or two people sharing.