Blackpool Libraries very own literacy festival, Wordpool “happened” last week. A word based extravaganza hosting a series of talks, workshops and inviting a variety of exciting authors into the town  to discuss their writing practice, sharing tips and  even enjoying a bite to eat and perhaps a cocktail.

You could enjoy Wordpool 2017 at a variety of  local libraries and included the  The Art Deco Cafe for the opening evening, making the experience super  memorable, a vintage bus called the “Wordpool Rover”  was  included in the cost of your ticket enabling guests to travel to the sessions in style  including  four different library locations to listen to many inspiring authors including; Ben Aaronovitch, MJ Arlidge, Alice Broadway, Julia Crouch, Mandasue Heller, Susan Lewis, GX Todd, Kit de Waal & Sarah Ward

The first night at The Art Deco Cafe: Elly Griffiths was joined by a panel of renowned crime authors; Sharon Bolton, Alex Marwood and Denise Mina for a magical evening of writing revelations and criminal disclosures.


Wordpool’s final day hosted Maura Brickell from Maura PR & Communications, Kevin Duffy from Bluemoose Books and author Anna Chilvers shared industry secrets in a panel discussion, designed to encourage and promote confidence in the writers among us.   Liverpool-based” Writing on the Wall” hosted the final session that Friday to launch three new creative writing projects, ‘Postcards from Blackpool’, ‘My Story ’ and ‘Pulp Idol’ ,  the people in attendance were privy to a whole host of vintage postcards from the Blackpool archives and enjoyed a small talk by local historian Tony Sharkey.

Libraries are so important to our communities and whether or not this is clear, books and writing are a way to hear an alternative voice and to question popular media such as press and TV. Blackpool Libraries are especially impressive with The Wordpool Festival being in its 10th year and promoting key literacy values through “an alternative library experience”

Keep your eyes peeled for Wordpool’s Family Fun Day event heading to Stanley Park in the summer which is just amazing. You might see six feet peacocks wandering, large oversized pigs operating as theatre stages, trees uproot themselves and wander around and there are quite a few “mad” scientists and story tellers exclaiming tall stories and exciting yarns to the children.

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