Writing On Air ’18 is a broadcast festival of writing. It will happen over four days, 15th-18th March at Chapel FM Arts Centre, our beautiful state-of-the-art studio and performance complex in East Leeds set in a restored Methodist chapel. East Leeds FM, which started in 2003, broadcasts to an annual local and global listenership of over 35,000 people.

Last year’s Writing on Air festival involved around 200 local, regional, and international writers, readers, and performers. Apart from its being broadcast on the radio, what makes WOA distinctive as a literature festival is that all the programmes are conceived and created by writers and readers themselves. The first day of the festival is dedicated entirely to young writers.

And the range in 2017 was impressive: readings, interviews, discussion, open mic, documentary, workshop, poetry slam. Last year also saw an added emphasis on young people’s writing, cross-form collaborations, and writing from abroad.

This year we are throwing a theme into the mix: Borderland. The borderland between sleep and waking, past and present, city and country, democracy and dictatorship….

If you want to get involved in WOA ’18 and missed the first meeting, it’s not too late. Just email Chapel FM and we will let you know about all the planning and training sessions (the next meetings are training on 8th January and planning on 15th January 2018—both meetings run from 7.30-9.30pm)

If you contributed to last year’s festival, you’re most welcome to get involved again. If you’re new to us and don’t know in what capacity you want to be involved, come along to the meeting, meet other people, and find out more. Or pitch an idea if you already have one.

If you can’t make it on Dec 11th just come along to the next meeting on Mon Jan 15th 7pm, Chapel FM, but in the meantime best to let me know you’re interested.

Writing On Air is an on-air literature festival in which writers, readers, and wordos of all varieties get to create and air their own programmes to a local and global audience.


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