Wordpool Festival 2012 is now over, but we hope that you have taken something with you from this whirlpool of events. It’s hard to believe that we jam packed so much into two short weeks. Blackpool was transformed into a creative hub of entertainment; actors, artists, authors and poets flocked to Blackpool to share with us their many talents.
Crime fanatics were mesmerised by Mandasue Heller and Kimberley Chambers at Layton Library, delighted by their down to earth nature, describing them as ‘great public speakers and incredibly funny’. Whilst over at Central Library, Vicky Ellis wowed the crowds with her many scarfs, as she took us on a journey through Lady Hamilton’s diaries recounting life, love and lust. Lesley Pearse delighted her eager listeners with signed copies of her new book, The Promise, which has been topping bestseller charts across the country.
Blackpool born Adrian Barnes launched his first novel Nod at Waterstones’ in Blackpool, reading excerpts and signing eager listener’s books. He was even stopped in the street by a Blackpool fan that had recognised him from pictures.
But perhaps our most endearing story remains unfinished. This year, a story has been unfolding on twitter and the organiser of 3hundredand65, Dave Kirkwood stopped off in Blackpool to tell us all about it. In the 366 days in 2012, 365 authors, actors and twitter users are telling a story- 140 characters at a time. Contributors include; British legends Stephen Fry and Jonathon Ross, singer-songwriter Emmy the Great and library favourites Val McDermid and Ian Rankin.
As always, Wordpool Festival would not have been possible without a number of actors, artists, authors and poets that gave their time to entertain us and the organisations that helped bring together this fantastic assortment of events. Special thanks go to: Aunty Social, altBlackpool & the rest of the Wordpool community.
See you next year at Wordpool Festival 2013, but until then, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events from…
Blackpool Library Service @bpoollibraries // Blackpool Library Service
Aunty Social @_auntysocial_ // www.auntysocial.co.uk
altBlackpool @altbpool // www.altblackpool.co.uk
3hundredand65 @3hundredand65 // 3hundredand65.co.uk
Pssst, did you know?
You can find the photographs from Wordpool 2012 on Blackpool Library Service’s Facebook page!