Mike Morris and the Garretteers

Mike Morris is a founder member and now Co-Director of Writing on the Wall (WOW), a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, which has delivered seventeen annual festivals since 2000, and runs a year-round programme of writing projects and events. Mike has a background in community activity, in education – working as a Learning Mentor in Anfield CC School and Learning Mentor Coordinator for Liverpool’s Secondary and Special Needs schools, and film-making as a writer on Dockers (Channel 4, 2000), and as co-director and producer of a ground-breaking documentary, Liverpool’s Cunard Yanks (Granada, 2008). He studied Literature & American Studies at LJMU and has an MA in Creative Writing. His first play, Waiting for Brando, was staged in Liverpool in 2012 and 2013, when it also toured venues across the UK. His latest play, ‘Subterranean Theatre: The Maurie’, based on an adaptation of George Garrett’s short story, The Maurie, was a site specific production that ran to full-houses in the Cunard Building for two weeks in June 2015. Mike is currently directing the George Garrett Archive Project for Writing on the Wall.


George Garrett and the Merseyside Left Theatre

This informative presentation by the volunteers from The George Garrett Archive Project, will discuss the radical Liverpool playwright and activist and his role in creating what is now Liverpool’s long established, Unity Theatre.

The George Garrett Archive Project, set up and run by Liverpool based arts organisation, Writing on the Wall, is designed to celebrate and preserve the legacy of the Liverpool born writer, George Garrett (1896-1966). Ten ‘Garretteers’ have worked for over three years to collect, collate, catalogue and disseminate Garrett’s work and his archive.

Garret as The Stoker in The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill