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Tomorrow sees the return of Wordpool, Blackpool’s sixth Annual Literature Festival, which takes place across the town for two weeks. This year the festival’s theme is diaries and there is a huge range of different events taking place from a Spooky Fun Family Day happening today at The Oracle, to writing workshops and a photography competition.

Down at The Oracle tomorrow you are invited to join the Spooky Fun Family Day from 12.30pm, Professor Popups Puppet Theatre kicks off the afternoon with their performance of The Pied Piper of Hamlyn, followed by an opportunity to meet children’s writer and illustrator, Helen Wendy Cooper, and find out about her latest book, The Vegetarian Vampire.

Also taking place tomorrow is the launch of the Blackpool Dead Good Poets’ Haunted Blackpool Book. The Dead Good Poets have been working with local artist Carlito Juanito to transform Blackpool’s local urban legends into a collection of short stories and poems which are also part of the Illuminations’ Haunted Blackpool installation. Following that, and if you can take any more spooky goings on, why not head down to Aunty Social’s Halloween Screen. Aunty Social will be bringing you a double bill of classic horror with the 1922 Nosferatu and 1931 Frankenstein in the classic settings of the Winter Gardens Pavilion.

On Thursday Central Library plays host to Make A Date To Dance from 1.30pm, an extra special tea dance with dance artist Kat Irving and poet Gordon Simms. In the evening Travels With My Bogart takes place from 6.30pm, a fantasy story based on the ghostly legends of Lancashire which follows the story of a young World War 2 evacuee from the Channel Islands.

Artists involved in the Blackpool Culture Shops project which ran from March 2010 to April 2012 have come together to produce a book to celebrate the fantastic and remarkable work which they produced. The group invites you to join them for the launch of the Blackpool Culture Shops Book from 6.30pm at FYCreatives on Friday evening.

Looking forward into next week, Tuesday the 6th November 2012 sees The Gramophones Theatre Company arrive in Blackpool to perform their adventurous new production End to End at Blackpool Sixth Form College. In April 2012 the all female team made an unusual journey from one end of Great Britain to the other. This 18 day, 874 mile journey is captured in End to End as they share moments from their journey and their encounters with a whole range of interesting and unusual characters from across the country.

Author Adrian Barnes launches his new book, NOD, on Thursday the 8th November 2012 at Blackpool Waterstones from 10.30am. Barnes, who is originally from Blackpool, now lives in Canada and is really excited to be launching his new book with the Wordpool Festival. His new book is already tipped to have blockbuster potential and if you’d like to be in with a chance of getting a free copy, make sure you are one of the first 20 people to arrive to get your hands on it.

Wednesday the 14th November 2012 brings 3Hundredand65 to Blackpool. 3Hundredand65 is a graphic novel being created on Twitter, one day at a time in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Dave Kirkwood, founder of 3Hundredand65 will be on hand for a question and answer session as well as a chance to look through the project sketchbooks, take part in fundraising and get involved in the art auction which includes a signed Pure Evil print from his recent visit to Blackpool. Doors open at 7.30pm at Central Library.

Thursday the 15th November 2012 sees Wordpool begin to draw to a close with Flying Solo at Moor Park Library, a performance of original monologues from award winning writers David Riley, Ian Simpson, Jennifer Smethurst, Ruth White and Norman Hadley. The performers on the night, which begins at 6.30pm, include Rachel McGladdery, poet and winner of the 2010 John Lennon Award, and altblackpool’s own Vicky Ellis, winner of the Buxton Fringe Spoken Word award 2012.

Wordpool also has a whole host of other events which are not to be missed taking place over the two weeks. Full details of the full 2012 Wordpool programme are available online atย http://blackpoolwordpool.wordpress.com/ย and you can also Like Wordpool on Facebook or Follow them on Twitter: @WordpoolFest.

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  • Lynne Pattinson

    Thanks for a great Wordpool Preview, Duncan, it’s a packed programme with, hopefully, something for everyone. Come along and help us make it the best Wordpool ever!

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