Literature & Spoken Word
Cure Your Itch At Scratch

Cure Your Itch At Scratch

One of the first things I was taught when I moved to Blackpool back in the noughties, was “avoid Central Drive like the plague.”  Thirteen years later and was still living by that advice. That’s until Scratch came along. Scratch is the brainchild of Melanie Whitehead of The Electric Sunshine Project.  The

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Blackpool Libraries Wordpool Festival Gallery

Blackpool Libraries Wordpool Festival Gallery

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

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Wordpool’s New Festival of Written Word 

Wordpool’s New Festival of Written Word 

Blackpool’s popular literature festival Wordpool is welcoming a new addition to its programme: Festival of Written Word. Wordpool has traditionally run in July, but this new instalment will be running from Wednesday 29-Friday 31 March.  Part of three new mini-festivals,  the event has been organised to expand Wordpool’s events schedule. Following a

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Pub Poets: Big Charlie Poet Interview

Pub Poets: Big Charlie Poet Interview

Cometh the month, cometh the 1st Sunday, cometh the Pub Poets Speakeasy, for another night of wonderful words. April’s guest is definitely no fool.  Big Charlie Poet is one of the most respected poets on the scene with some big names from the world of spoken word professing to being

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Interview: Michael Morpurgo, Running Wild

Interview: Michael Morpurgo, Running Wild

One of the best things about writing for altBlackpool – apart from getting the inside scoop on all of the amazing things going on in the area – is the sheer amount of fascinating people we get to speak to.  Ahead of the theatrical adaptation of Running Wild arriving at The

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How To Starve an Artist – The Film

How To Starve an Artist – The Film

A few months ago I was asked to shoot a local poetry session, at which, I was told, the renowned Canadian poet, Rose Condo would be performing.  I’ve always loved poetry so, although I wasn’t familiar with Rose at that point, I was happy to record the event. When Rose took

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Interview: Steve Stroud Introduces MiKo Berry

Interview: Steve Stroud Introduces MiKo Berry

Blackpool and Fylde College is a bastion of education. Not only does it teach the next generation academic knowledge, artistic expression, and vocational skills, it also lays the foundations of altruism, critical thinking, and social responsibility. Combining all these facets is no easy tasks and takes quality tutors backed up

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Interview: Monkey Poet

Interview: Monkey Poet

Spoken word is on the rise. Advertisers are starting to notice that those who have been laying down words on the ears of audiences in the know, have become more renowned, outside the usual Edinburgh Fringe and art festival goers. Last year, the Pub Poets, who meet the first Sunday

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E-BOOK VS ACTUAL BOOK: the ongoing debate

E-BOOK VS ACTUAL BOOK: the ongoing debate

When was the last time you took a walk around a bookshop?  Revelled in the peace that only comes from rooms insulated by reams of novels?  Felt the wonder of words wresting to burst out of their pages and lodge themselves in your brain.  As I listened to the debate

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Colin Davies: Doctor Who Adventure

He’s back.  And this time, he’s brought a companion! Blackpool based poet, performer, author and Whovian Colin Davies has piloted his literary TARDIS to a brand new adventure in time and space.  His sci-fi poetry book, 2001: A Space Ode And Ditty, the basis of an outstanding live show telling of a

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