The Festival of Stories

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The Festival of Stories is a brand new family arts event being planned for Lytham in 2014.

The two day event will see the Park View 4 U site on Park View Road transformed into a series of tented venues, each playing host to a programme of high quality events, activities and spectacles celebrating storytelling and the power of imagination, with the aim of:

  • bringing a high quality, accessible arts programme to the families of Lytham
  • providing a platform for the community to preserve, share and celebrate their first hand stories and memories of living in Lytham
  • connecting the different generations and social groups within our local community by teaching them how to use storytelling and story sharing to unleash their imaginations, encourage communication and promote tolerance.

A schools programme is also planned to take place preceding the public event with children from nursery age to Year 9 at secondary school.

Funding for the first phase of The Festival of Stories project has recently been awarded to Park View 4U by Arts Council England under their Grant For Arts Programme. This money, together with financial contributions from Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, will be used to research and develop of The Festival of Stories concept and to publish Lytham Lives: A Community In Fiction.

For the latest festival information about The Festival of Stories please check back here regularly for updates to this page. Meanwhile, why not ‘follow’ us on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Please direct any enquiries about The Festival of Stories to Alex O’Toole.
T: 07854 951266

The People Behind The Festival of Stories

The Festival of Stories has been conceived and developed by the following people in conjunction with ParkView4U.

Alex O’Toole

Alex has a background in marketing and copywriting. Her company, EPIC, specialises in helping businesses connect with their audiences through stories. She’s also big on organising and has organised lots of big events for businesses, government organisations and schools. When she’s not working (and sometimes when she is) she writes fiction and poetry. Some of her writing has been published. Recently, she was awarded an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She loves books and is a passionate believer in the power of stories.

Jane Brunning

J. A. Brunning is a Lancashire-based writer currently working on her third novel. She delivers creative writing workshops and writing development activities across the North West. She taught English Literature and Creative Writing to postgraduate level for several years, and, until May 2012, was the Co-ordinator of the Lancashire Writing Hub. She is now concentrating on her writing and freelance career.

Cath Powell

Ten years ago Cath Powell helped to form Park View 4 U after a public outcry over lack of recreational facilities in Lytham. Ten years on Park View 4 U have raised over 1.5 Million Pounds and not only provided a fully inclusive park for the community, but a vibrant cafe and community centre as well.

Cath is now the Community Development Manager for Park View 4 U, where she coordinates the many activities which now take place from the cafe and community centre and develops new programs for all ages. In 2012 she formed the Lytham Community Choir and it now has over 300 members.  More recently her passion for gardening and growing saw her set up The Growing Up Kitchen Garden at the Park View 4 U site.

Cath’s belief in the power of the community has had a truly transforming influence on Lytham.

Julie Norman

Julie is the Park Ranger at Park View, where she delivers activities for health, co-ordinates volunteers, maintains the kitchen garden and runs a Wildlife Watch club.

Despite starting off as an illustrator and printmaker, Julie’s passion for wildlife developed during her post as Blackpool Zoo’s artist in residence. It wasn’t long before she moved onto presenting the keeper talks and was regularly seen covered in lemurs.

This change in direction led her to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, where she spent 10 years managing wildlife and eco living education projects. In 2009 she qualified as a Forest School Practitioner at Cumbria University and since then has been very busy delivering Forest School training and teaching children about natural play.

She believes in the power of the natural world to inspire through exploration, discovery and a touch of imagination.

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Lytham Lives Anthology

Submission DeadlineMay 31, 2013
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