June 2015

Pre Wordpool preparations are go!

We are working away like busy beavers today getting ready for our visiting authors. We have ordered in spades the following for Wordpool: Sunshine ✓ Blue Skies ✓ An amazing selection of authors from across the UK ✓ The friendliest audiences in the UK ✓ An array of pastries, cakes, snacks and drinks ✓ All booked and ready for the […]

Elly Griffiths is Central Library’s Crime Reading Club Pick

Elly Griffiths is Central Library’s Crime Reading Club Pick

Blackpool’s Central Library Crime Reading Group meet on the first Tuesday on every month, 10.30-11.30am, and they know what makes a good crime novel. So we were delighted when Elly Griffiths, one of their favourite writers, agreed to return to Blackpool for this year’s Wordpool. Elly appeared at the festival in 2013 and her friendly […]

Tasha Kavanagh, did you know…

Tasha Kavanagh, did you know…

Tasha Kavanagh worked in film editing for 10 years, on features including ‘Twelve Monkeys’, ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ and ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. She is 45, lives in Hertfordshire with her family and THINGS WE HAVE IN COMMON is her first novel. read Central Library’s Team […]

Ali Shaw on his soon to be released third novel The Trees

Ali Shaw on his soon to be released third novel The Trees

“The Trees is about an enchanted forest that appears in the blink of an eye, all over the world, overgrowing and destroying everything that stands before it.  It’s as if several centuries of ruin and natural reclamation have happened in an instant.  The story follows a hopeless, cowardly Englishman whose estranged wife is in Ireland.  […]

A Crime Writing Duo

Authors Bob and Carol Bridgestock came to writing late. First there was the little matter of following a career, and both were employed by West Yorkshire Police – Bob as a copper for 30 years, holding every rank within the CID before retiring at the heady heights of Detective Superintendent, while Carol clocked up 17 years […]

The Desmond Elliott Prize #DiscoverADebut

Celebrating the best in debut fiction, The Desmond Elliott Prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for first time novelists. Winners will walk away with £10,000 for the most compelling narrative accompanied with an arresting character. This year’s shortlisted finalists are Claire Fuller, Carys Bray & Emma Healey. I think it’s time we added Claire Fuller […]

A Song for Issy Bradley – A Review

Since our Wordpool displays popped up across Blackpool Libraries, we’ve been inundated with praise for our Wordpool authors. Debut novelist Carys Bray seems to be developing quite the fan base in Blackpool with recommendations for her book, A Song for Issy Bradley, flooding in. Here’s what one of our readers thought.. This is a deeply […]