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Wordsmiths and lovers of literature have gathered to celebrate their passion at an annual festival.

The seventh Wordpool festival was declared officially open in a ceremony at the Tower Festival Headland yesterday, to begin three days of literature-based events.

Opening of literature and culture festival, Wordpool.  Pictured is Gemma Hall, Mel Evans, Leanne McConnell and Sarah Warburg from Blackpool Roller Coasters.

Opening of literature and culture festival, Wordpool. Pictured is Gemma Hall, Mel Evans, Leanne McConnell and Sarah Warburg from Blackpool Roller Coasters.

Talks from authors, writing workshops and the ever-popular family day will see people flock from the Fylde coast and further afield to take part.

Organiser Lynne Pattinson explained the meaning behind the festival.

She said: “It’s about celebrating words and anything that’s creative.

“Since Wordpool first started it’s grown considerably, both in terms of how many people come but also the number of different people we work with.

“We used to hold it in the autumn but we moved it to July to help get the weather on our side.”

The festival was opened by Coun David Owen, deputy mayor of Blackpool, after a skate-based routine by the Blackpool Roller Coasters and a performance by the Revoe Community Choir.

He said: “I wanted to acknowledge the good work that’s been done so far, to pay tribute to our organising team and say how much we appreciate the commitment of the authors who are on board for the next few days.

“Blackpool isn’t known for its literary heritage and we are in competition with so many other literary festivals up and down the country, but what we do in Blackpool is rather innovative and special.

“We hope the programme that we put together is very enjoyable.”

Cumbrian novelist Matt Hilton held a talk at Layton library yesterday afternoon.

He said: “I talked about methods of writing and I just wanted to impart some of my knowledge and writing process to aspiring authors.

“This festival does put Blackpool on the map especially in the days of social media, because word spreads that much further. It’s always been known as an entertainment town but this could be a new way forward.”

Sit down for lunch with the Murder Squad

Wordpool Festival continues today and tomorrow, with several events taking place across Blackpool.

Today at 10.30am historical fiction writer Elizabeth Fremantle will be holding a talk at Blackpool Central Library, on Queen Street.

This will be followed by lunch with two authors from the so-called ‘Murder Squad’ of crime fiction writers, Martin Edwards and Kate Ellis at noon, and a workshop on writing a one act play from 2.30pm.

Young adult genre writer Paula Rawsthorne will visit Highfield Humanities College, in South Shore, from 12.45pm, while members of Blackpool’s Dead Good Poets will perform at Cafe Number Five, in Cedar Square, from 6pm.

Tomorrow will see the ‘Tiny Worlds’ family day, in Stanley Park, which allows adults and children to take a magical storytelling journey across the park from 1pm onwards.

For more information contact Lynne Pattinson on 07403 188114.

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