Wordpool, Blackpool's annual festival of words, is managed by Blackpool arts and library services and funded by Blackpool Council. 

Wordpool development and delivery is overseen by the Wordpool steering group, which includes representatives from partners, volunteers, community organisations, schools, colleges and arts and library staff.

Our vision for Wordpool

The Wordpool vision is to provide an alternative literary experience, one which pushes creative boundaries and reminds all members of our community and visitors how magical words can be.

  • To attract new visitors to the arts and our libraries by offering an exciting programme events that celebrate words in interesting and intriguing ways. 
  • To improve literacy and educational achievement in Blackpool through working with exciting writers who will encourage new creative writing, particularly in those least likely to engage in the arts. 
  • To promote new reading groups and reading for pleasure by working with inspiring authors. 
  • To showcase the work of new and emerging North West based writers and poets. 
  • To help stimulate a vibrant literary scene in the town by using the festival to establish and promote new writing, reading and poetry groups. 
  • To target projects to families, young people and those whose health, social and economic circumstances make them less likely to engage.

That Night

That Night is a short animated film of Wordpool's Poetry Competition's winning poem by Sarah Leavesley.

Emily&Anne who produced That Night are an award-winning directing duo who collaborate together, working freelance as animators and illustrators. Their clients include: CBeebies, CBBC, British Film Institute, FACT Liverpool, The Tate, Cornerhouse Manchester and DFS.

They also make short films together, which they write and direct.You can see That Night projected onto a giant screen on the promenade near Gynn Square as part of Blackpool Illuminations. Award winning poet Polly Atkin judged Wordpool's first Poetry Competition which had entries from all over the UK.


If you would like to find out more about Wordpool or support Wordpool as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact:

Lynne Pattinson, Arts development officer or Clancy Mason, Reader development manager, please email: artsdevelopment@blackpool.gov.uk

Telephone: Lynne Pattinson 01253 478238 or Clancy Mason 01253 478091

You can also follow the Wordpool Blog to find out up to date information or like us on Facebook.

Previous Wordpool highlights

2012 End to End Gramophones Theatre Company Performance
2011 Dancing with Words
2011 If you go down to the woods... at the Winter Gardens 
2010 WordFair in the historic town centre Post Office.
2010 IT a creative writing project with schools involving over 3500 children.
2010/11 Words, Words and Other Stuff - our volunteer produced, festival paper.
2010 Cafe Culture - National Poetry Day performances via webcam with Poetry Cafes around the world.
2010 Last Tram to Starr Gate a commissioned promenade theatre with Jacqueline Pilton and Louise Nulty performed along the seafront and on trams.
2009 The Bridge Poets a Steve Tasane led poetry project with rough sleepers.
2009 Shopping for Words featuring 12 authors talks in town centre shops.
2009 A L Kennedy at West Coast Rock Café.
2008/9 John Siddique's  poetry residency.
2008 Words on the Wind at Little Marton Mill.
2007 Afternoon Tea with Wendy Cope.
2007 Ann Cleeves – Murder Mystery performance.