During the early stages of the pandemic of 2020, Paul decided he would run a fortnightly edition of an on-line magazine at https://worktownwords.uk/. The idea was to invite different people to curate a magazine and to select 10 of the submissions which would then be published online.
The results were amazing with over 50 writers producing 100 great new pieces of literature and an audience that is still growing exponentially.
After the tenth edition it was decided to produce a paperback version of 42 pieces from the 100 on-line (some writers declined to be included) and then for the on-line magazine to become monthly.The anthology has now been put together and will appear in Mid-September.
Curators for the ezine and the themes they chose:
Dave Burnham: Edition 1: Theme: SPRING
Scott Devon: Edition 2: Theme: JOKER
Dave Morgan: Edition 3: Theme: HORIZON
Rita Gornall & Carol Cleary: Edition 4: Theme: ESCAPE
Lavinia Murray: Edition 5: Theme: SHOCK
Paul Blackburn: Edition 6: Theme: SILENCE
Chris Chilton: Edition 7: Theme: STRANGER
Kim Edwards-Keats: Edition 8: Theme: HERITAGE
Gareth Preston: Edition 9: Theme: CELEBRATION
Sarah Maclennan: Edition 10: Theme TEAR
AUDIO Stories and Poems
In addition to the written word there is also a section of the site devoted to the spoken word.
Paul organised the Live from Worktown's 2019 Anthology on the theme of 'Overheard'. A record number of entries were received and the hard copy book was printed and was available from 21st November 2019. the book more or less sold out immediately and was well received..
Ambition for Aging funded the memory bank project which was run by Paul and Rita Gornall in conjunction with the Reminiscence Group of Halliwell History Society. The outcome of the project, which ran from January to March 2019, is online video blogs in which older Bolton people talk about various history aspects of life in Bolton - click here for the website.