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Wordpool Festival https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk Blackpool’s Arts and Libraries Festival of Words Mon, 01 Jul 2019 21:28:10 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.2 https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cropped-wordpool_white_guy-3-32x32.png Wordpool Festival https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk 32 32 Family Day 2019 https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/familyday2019/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/familyday2019/#respond Mon, 01 Jul 2019 21:20:57 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=3467 Our ‘out of this world’ programme has arrived – will you be joining us in the beautiful Stanley Park on Saturday? Celebrating 50 years since the first moon landings with a rocket load of space storytelling, performances and activities you can meet our alien visitors, The Roswells, as they experience the Great British holiday, join […]

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Our ‘out of this world’ programme has arrived – will you be joining us in the beautiful Stanley Park on Saturday?

Celebrating 50 years since the first moon landings with a rocket load of space storytelling, performances and activities you can meet our alien visitors, The Roswells, as they experience the Great British holiday, join the Space Rebel Princess as she boldly goes where no princess has gone before, and don’t forget to bring a packed lunch as we celebrate national ‘Have a Field Day’ – a picnic with a twist!

Our exciting programme has performances, walkabouts and making stations, all jam packed full of alien adventures and space exploration fun for all ages!

Take a look here – pick up a map on the day and perhaps a selfie or two with our guest illuminations!

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Open Call for Artists – Wordpool Family Day 2019 https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/open-call-for-artists-wordpool-family-day-2019/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/open-call-for-artists-wordpool-family-day-2019/#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 19:40:19 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=3445 Wordpool is Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services established programme of festivals celebrating literature, writers and words in all their many wonderful forms. The Wordpool Family Day is a highly successful annual date in the calendar at the beginning of July where up to 4000 local families enjoy arts activities, performances and storytelling across different locations in Stanley Park. […]

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Wordpool is Blackpool Council’s Arts and Library Services established programme of festivals celebrating literature, writers and words in all their many wonderful forms. The Wordpool Family Day is a highly successful annual date in the calendar at the beginning of July where up to 4000 local families enjoy arts activities, performances and storytelling across different locations in Stanley Park.

This year’s theme is OUT OF THIS WORLD based around the 50th anniversary of the landing on the Moon and the theme of the Libraries national Summer Reading Challenge. From Aliens and Dr Who, to Astronomy and myths of the Stars – the universe is ours to explore for the day.

We are currently programming artists, storytellers and performers to provide two different activities for this very popular event in Stanley Park on Saturday 6 July, 2019 12- 4pm.

We have two opportunities for artists, designers, creative organisations, storytellers or performers to deliver interactive installations, practical workshops or immersive performances.

Please see the Artist Brief for more information.

Closing Date:  12:00 pm 3rd May 2019

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Presenting our Most Marvellous Family Day yet… https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/presenting-our-most-marvellous-family-day-yet/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/presenting-our-most-marvellous-family-day-yet/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:28:38 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=3384   We had a magical time at our twelfth annual Family Day in Stanley Park! Pssst! You can find more of Jill Reidy’s vibrant photos from Family Day over in our gallery The sun shone brightly down on a day jam-packed with lots of exciting things to make, do, and see. There was something amazing […]

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We had a magical time at our twelfth annual Family Day in Stanley Park! Pssst! You can find more of Jill Reidy’s vibrant photos from Family Day over in our gallery

The sun shone brightly down on a day jam-packed with lots of exciting things to make, do, and see. There was something amazing and unexpected around every corner.

We saw giant, towering Treemendous trees, superb swooping and soaring Sun Birds, Adambara and Zhim (an adorable baby elephant and a very tiny mouse), and also Rambling On – two hopelessly lost travellers laden down with tall tales and fabulous tricks.

Over in the Marvels and Mayhem Big Top storyteller Emily Hennessey and artist Tina Dempsey brought to life the history of Blackpool Tower Circus. The artwork and stories displayed in this magical Big Top were created by local school children. The Save Our Stories RescueShip was busy recruiting StorySavers to help ‘The Nixies of Broadpool’ save the magic lights, and wonderful dancers from FCYDC could be found performing the Dance of the Raindrops in the Italian gardens.

It was all about the clown over in the Grundy Art Gallery tent, clown faces were made and faces were painted. Blackpool Musuem Project worked alongside Blackpool Circus School helping children with all kinds of juggling, twirling and whirling skills and Aunty Social CIC took over the Boathouse with a pop up picture show of children’s short films and animations.

Blackpool Libraries and Family Learning had a fun packed tent filled with Little Top Stories and crafts galore; StoryMan Dan Worsley was on hand to wow with his Impossible Tales. For those of you in need of further excitement there was also raft building and kayaking on the boating lake.

Blackpool Council work with a wide range of partners to make Wordpool Festival a success, including Left Coast, Heritage Blackpool, Grundy Art Gallery, Save Our Stories, Aunty Social, Family Learning, Friends of Stanley Park, The Blackpool Museum Project, Blackpool Heritage Champions, Blackpool Sixth Form College and local schools.

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Join our Short Story Writing Course https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/join-our-short-story-writing-course/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/join-our-short-story-writing-course/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:18:12 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=3115 Are you an aspiring short story writer, or a creative writer interested in exploring a new form? Or do you simply fancy trying something a bit different this year? Independent publisher Comma Press are delighted to partner with Wordpool to deliver a bespoke short story course with published short story writer and author Tania Hershman. […]

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Are you an aspiring short story writer, or a creative writer interested in exploring a new form? Or do you simply fancy trying something a bit different this year?

Independent publisher Comma Press are delighted to partner with Wordpool to deliver a bespoke short story course with published short story writer and author Tania Hershman.

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the narrative structures used by short story writers, and will receive expert guidance, peer-led feedback, and even the opportunity to feature your story in an eBook at the end of the course.

The course will run on Thursdays 6-8pm at Palatine Library and costs £10 for the six sessions. Starts 14 June.

Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and it’s hoped that this course will unearth and develop contenders for one of their showcases of new writers.

Tickets now available on Eventbrite

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Festival of Written Word 2018 https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/festival-of-written-word-2018/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/uncategorized/festival-of-written-word-2018/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:25:11 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=3040 Wordpool’s Festival of Written Word returns in May, and we have something to suit everyone’s reading taste…. Tuesday 15 May Queens of romance Carole Matthews & Fiona Walker will be joining us for a fashionably late afternoon tea at our fundraiser launch event. So don those formals and florals and join us for ‘G & Tea’ […]

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Wordpool’s Festival of Written Word returns in May, and we have something to suit everyone’s reading taste….

Tuesday 15 May

Queens of romance Carole Matthews & Fiona Walker will be joining us for a fashionably late afternoon tea at our fundraiser launch event. So don those formals and florals and join us for ‘G & Tea’ at Stanley Park Art Deco Café. Hosted by Hayley Kay of Radio Wave, our fundraising launch event has all the romance, food, music, and laughter needed to soothe the most pragmatic soul.

Wednesday 16 May

We’re really looking forward to brunch with Elisabeth Carpenter at Palatine Library. Elisabeth’s brand of domestic noir will stay with you long after you’ve closed her book. Fantastic author of historical fiction, Joanna Hickson, will be popping in to Moor Park Library to talk about all things Tudor over tea and cake.

Wordpool is going on location. Three exciting debut authors Darren McGarveyC. J. Tudor and Nick Clark Windo will be visiting Blackpool Sixth Form College to speak to the students about their writing.

We’ve got a cracking evening planned at Central Library. Bluemoose Books launch their newest anthology – Seaside Special: Postcards from the Edge with editor Jenn Ashworth, and contributors Andrew Michael Hurley, Anita Sethi and Lucy Wilkinson Yates.

We’re super thrilled to welcome crime writer, comedian and actor Mark Billingham to Blackpool. He’ll be talking about his 14th Tom Thorne book, Love Like Blood (though we are hoping he’ll spill the beans about the cult children’s classic Maid Marian and Her Merry Men too).

Thursday 17 May

We’ll be cosying up to crime author Frances Brody over afternoon tea at Anchorsholme Library. She’ll be talking about her latest novel in the Kate Shackleton series Death in the Stars.

We’ve not forgotten our lovely creative writers either. We’ve teamed up with Comma Press to bring you a day of events to help you hone your skills & learn more about publication.

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Poetry Competition https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/wordpool-festival-2017/poetry-competition/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/wordpool-festival-2017/poetry-competition/#comments Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:52:51 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=2948 We’re so excited to be launching our poetry competition this week! This year our winning entry will have an extra special prize, in addition to winning £200 in cash to spend, your poem will also be projected on the world famous Blackpool Tower. Submitted poems should focus on the topic of illuminate; we’re looking for […]

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We’re so excited to be launching our poetry competition this week!

This year our winning entry will have an extra special prize, in addition to winning £200 in cash to spend, your poem will also be projected on the world famous Blackpool Tower.

Submitted poems should focus on the topic of illuminate; we’re looking for a unique and inspiring poem, no more than 40 lines to blow away our guest judge. Alice Kate Mullen from the Poetry Book Society will be reading all submitted poems and choosing a first, second and third prize winner during a special unveiling ceremony where you will see your poem illuminated on the tower.

Entry fee is £4 for one poem, £7 for 2 poems, £10 for 3 poems.

The deadline for the competition is 9am on Monday 21st August

Enter via Eventbrite & email your poem(s) and application form to artsdevelopment@blackpool.gov.uk

ENTRY FORM

COMPETITION RULES

First prize: £200 & Blackpool Tower projection

Second prize: £200

Third prize: £100

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Pulp Idol Final in Liverpool https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/reviews/pulpidolblackpool/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/reviews/pulpidolblackpool/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 15:42:49 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=2848 The Wordpool Team had a grand day out on Saturday to Liverpool’s WOWFEST, to support Blackpool’s two ‘Pulp Idol’ finalists Lisa and Beverley. They both did Wordpool and Blackpool proud reading three minutes of their first chapters to the panel and fielding some quite challenging questions. Beverley and Lisa shared some thoughts about their Pulp […]

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The Wordpool Team had a grand day out on Saturday to Liverpool’s WOWFEST, to support Blackpool’s two ‘Pulp Idol’ finalists Lisa and Beverley. They both did Wordpool and Blackpool proud reading three minutes of their first chapters to the panel and fielding some quite challenging questions.

Beverley and Lisa shared some thoughts about their Pulp Idol journey:

Thanks to Wordpool and the amazing staff at Blackpool Libraries, Liverpool-based community project Writing On The Wall has this year been able to extend their Pulp Idol novel writing competition to the Blackpool area.  As soon as I saw the event listed on Wordpool’s  website, I knew I wanted to submit an entry.

The heat took place at Blackpool Central Library on Queen Street.  Each of the entrants read from their own work for three minutes and then took questions from the two judges, who also gave considered feedback. 

People often say that these are the two things they are most afraid of, but they really shouldn’t be!  As all writers know, writing itself is a very solitary pastime.  It’s actually surprisingly difficult to get your work seen by professionals, let alone assessed, and many writers can feel isolated and without  direction.  So entering a well-structured competition like  Pulp Idol is the ideal opportunity to get yourself heard and the advice given by the judges is informed and invaluable. 

Wordpool, Blackpool Libraries and of course Writing on the Wall are delighted to welcome all comers  and at the Pulp Idol heat everybody was so warmly received that it was impossible to feel nervous for long.  I can say that what could have been a daunting experience really wasn’t!

I never expected to be successful in the heat and I still can’t quite believe it. But being a Pulp Idol finalist means that my work will enjoy greater exposure to both readers and publishing professionals alike because my chapter will be published in The Pulp Idol Book of Firsts.  Launching in December 2017, it will go on sale both in both hard copy and electronic forms.  This kind of recognition would be almost unattainable if I hadn’t taken the plunge and entered this fantastic competition.  

So, If anyone reading this is thinking about entering Pulp Idol next year, or any other writing competition, then I urge you to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and do it.  But if you feel that competing might not be for you, then why not start a writing journey of your own?   Come along to the Wordpool Festival events and get in touch with your local library and see what they have to offer and how they can help.  Each of us, regardless of age, background or ability has a story to tell; YOU have a story to tell.  Go on, give it a go! – Beverley Bannister, finalist

I entered the Pulp Idol competition without much idea of what to really expect. It’s a solitary process working on a novel, and it’s hard to get a grasp of your own work from an objective viewpoint, so reading to an audience of fellow writers and avid readers and answering questions about my characters and writing choices was really valuable. It felt like an exciting, supportive experience, and being selected for the final was such a huge boost. I would strongly urge other writers to enter! – Lisa Phillips, finalist

The winner was Laura Bui and the Pulp Idol – Firsts 2017 book – an anthology of first chapters from the new novelists who won the Competition. is available through www.writingonthewall.org.uk

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Pulp Idol Blackpool Heat Winners… https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/reviews/pulp-idol-blackpool-heat-winners/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/reviews/pulp-idol-blackpool-heat-winners/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 13:33:35 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=2841 Congratulations to Beverley Bannister and Lisa Phillips who go through to the final of Pulp Idol 2017 being held in Liverpool on 20 May. Exciting times for two deserving winners. The Blackpool heat, held at Central Library on 11 May, was a fun occasion. Eight finalists read out 3 minutes of their chapter in front of Writing […]

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Congratulations to Beverley Bannister and Lisa Phillips who go through to the final of Pulp Idol 2017 being held in Liverpool on 20 May. Exciting times for two deserving winners.

The Blackpool heat, held at Central Library on 11 May, was a fun occasion. Eight finalists read out 3 minutes of their chapter in front of Writing on the Wall judges Mike Morris and Colin Watts. Three minutes doesn’t sound like a long time… it is for the one doing the reading. The judges quizzed entrants on their work and influences and nobody appeared fazed, it was like chatting amongst friends.

The judges offered constructive feedback and complimented everyone who took part. We’ll all go away having learned something, full of enthusiasm to continue with our writing projects. Thank you Wordpool and Writing on the Wall for a great experience.

Good luck Beverley and Lisa for the Liverpool Pulp Idol 2017 final.

Words and image by guest blogger and Pulp Idol participant Sue Massey.

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What’s Your Story – A Review https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/wordpool-festival-2017/whatsyourstory-2/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/wordpool-festival-2017/whatsyourstory-2/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:32:42 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=2826 Wordpool Festival collaborated with Liverpool-based, Writing on the Wall for a four week creative writing course, What’s Your Story, which came to an end this week.  Sue, who signed up for the course, has been keeping us up to date with the sessions… Week One: Round table brief introductions. Twelve ardent participants raring to go. Pens at […]

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Wordpool Festival collaborated with Liverpool-based, Writing on the Wall for a four week creative writing course, What’s Your Story, which came to an end this week.  Sue, who signed up for the course, has been keeping us up to date with the sessions…

Week One: Round table brief introductions. Twelve ardent participants raring to go. Pens at the ready!

Helen Dring, course tutor for the next 4 weeks, sets us off on our first 2 hour creative writing journey. Helen is 2017’s Pulp Idol Novel Writing winner. A proper published writer. We’re in for a treat.
After a couple of timed warm-up tasks to get our brains in gear, Helen asks us to recall a regular well-known journey and sketch a map of that journey. Map sketchily sketched, we describe that journey using our five senses. In 10 minutes! Pens down we exchange our story with a neighbour and comment, encourage, chat, find out things, and learn from each other. Next we write about the same or another journey without using the sense of sight. A different ball game altogether.

Helen is full to brimming with creative ideas, has a sense of humour, is encouraging, enthusiastic and, for me, everything I would hope for in a first-class writing tutor.

My brain enjoyed its workout in this quick-paced, well-structured, creative writing session. But only 3 more to go. It’s not enough! I want it to go on forever!

Week Two: Eager, aspiring creative writers returned for Round 2 of What’s your story?
Last week, for “homework”, Helen asked us to think of something that annoyed us. Not a problem for me – apart from what to choose from my long list of annoyances!
We listened to an angry rant recording by poet Jess Green. It was heartfelt. This led to our first task: to write a poem on a topic that winds us up.
We shared our masterpieces by reading them aloud. What an interesting mix of anger. Serious issues about bullying, isolation, harassment, the Prime Minister, contrasted with humorous topics that included passwords, traffic wardens, the M6, and dog poo. A great warm-up for the next assignment.
Helen handed us a page of prose from Jane Eyre. We selected words that we liked from the prose, and used them to write a poem. What an interesting exercise using someone else’s words. Is this being lazy? The final task was to continue with a longer piece of descriptive writing using our chosen words.
All too soon it was pens down and that was the end of our second two hours of creative writing. Like last week my brain enjoyed its workout. Helen certainly knows how to awaken our creativity. She’s an inspiration. But I’m feeling sad. There are only 2 more sessions to go. I WANT MORE

Week Three: What has Helen in store for us on week 3 of What’s your story?
We started with an exercise in writing flash fiction. Fifty words to write about an unwanted gift. A tricky one this.
Time’s up and onto the next task. An argument from the point of view of an inanimate object. Am I a vase? A table? A chair? What shall I be, and what argument am I in on? The class scribbles frantically. Time’s up.
Choose a day of the week and describe that day as a person. Helen! What are you doing to us? My poor brain is in overload.
And we’ve not finished.
Write 10 sentences building to a crescendo, with a mind-blowing denouement. Another challenging assignment. I’m worn out!
We didn’t read aloud this week but, as in previous weeks, shared our work with classmates.
This was another inspiring writing work-out: thinking on our feet and creating material where every word matters.
In readiness for next week, Helen would like us to prepare a rough draft of something we’ve covered during the course for the Writing on the Wall website. In what will be the final session, Helen will set us on the way to editing and polishing our work. With the benefit of Helen’s knowledge and experience, we’ll be writers yet!
About that rough draft. Shall I be a table, chair or vase?

Week Four:  I’m really sad. This is the last creative writing session with our amazing tutor, Helen Dring. Our first assignment: to describe a thunderstorm without using the sense of hearing. Helen knows how to set a challenge! We take turns reading aloud our efforts. Eight completely different takes on a thunderstorm make interesting listening.
To follow we are presented with a list of 30 flash fiction exercises. No slacking in Helen’s sessions! As we work through these Helen offers advice on our individual draft submissions for the Writing on the Wall website. With a bit of fine-tuning we will achieve what we set out to do. Be published!
We’ve had a fun-filled four weeks of exciting and challenging creative writing tasks. Classmates have shared writing assignments, exchanged ideas and, after four weeks, we’re no longer strangers as new friendships develop.
Before we went our separate ways, we discussed the possibility of future writing projects. The general consensus is that we’d all love to carry on as a creative writing group with Helen as lead tutor.
It might well happen. Watch this space.
Thanks to Wordpool and Writing on the Wall for offering this collaborative creative writing project.
Special thanks to Helen and Ciaran for encouraging us to keep writing.

We’re so glad that everyone had a great time at the What’s Your Story Course! We can’t wait to see the gang back together again for the Blackpool heat of Pulp Idol.

Words and image by Sue Massey

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What’s Your Story? Creative Writing Course with Writing on the Wall https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/wordpool-festival-2017/whatsyourstory/ https://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/wordpool-festival-2017/whatsyourstory/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:42:31 +0000 http://wordpoolfestival.co.uk/?p=2785 We have joined up with Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall for What’s Your Story? a creative writing short course. Join poet and author Helen Dring as she delivers this four week course which aims to connect individuals and communities, developing opportunities for self-expression, using group-work and dedicated time to ensure accessibility and collective encouragement for members […]

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We have joined up with Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall for What’s Your Story? a creative writing short course.


Join poet and author Helen Dring as she delivers this four week course which aims to connect individuals and communities, developing opportunities for self-expression, using group-work and dedicated time to ensure accessibility and collective encouragement for members of communities who often feel excluded from traditional writing activities and provides a way for individuals to overcome barriers to employment, formal learning and community engagement, and to develop practical skills, confidence and aspiration.
The aim of the What’s Your Story? project is to support personal development through creative writing and story-telling, with a view to overcoming personal isolation, increasing confidence and preparing learners for more formal learning, employment training and employment. The session workshop programme offers the opportunity to engage with others, as well creative activities for self-expression and reflection.
What’s Your Story? will be held at Palatine Library, 2-4 pm on Tuesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 April.Each session is £2, payable on the day.

Please email kari.singleton@blackpool.gov.uk to book your place.

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