Blackpool author's dream takes flight thanks to starlings and North Pier

Professional photographer Rob Lock who has signed a deal to have his novel published
Professional photographer Rob Lock who has signed a deal to have his novel published

Blackpool’s North Pier and the spectacular aerial displays from starlings there in winter have inspired a novel from a well known resort photographer.

And it is a 34-year dream come true for Rob Lock, who has signed a publishing deal for his book Murmuration with Legend Press of London.

Rob, 57, who worked for The Gazette for 23 years, has been writing fiction since the age of 14 and draws his inspiration from the magical realism genre from the likes of Midnight’s Children writer Salman Rushdie, Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell and Gunter Grass of Tin Drum fame.

Rob said: “The book tells the story of five different people whose lives are connected in one way or another to the pier of a seaside resort.

“It is not Blackpool and North Pier, but obviously working here for years I have got inspiration from the town.

“If anyone has seen the starling flocks in flight over North Pier they will remember, it’s an amazing spectacle and those murmurations are like a metaphor that runs through the book.”