Wordstock 2014


Wordstock, 26’s annual festival of words, is just three weeks away. The line-up for this one-day celebration of words, ideas and creative thinking looks better than ever. The star-studded line-up headlines with award winning Andy Serkis also known as Gollum from Lord of the Rings and The Beach novelist Alex Garland. There will be workshops on mapping out the future, writing everything from low-brow, hard-sell romance to storytelling for children, copywriting and much more, all aimed at giving your writing, both professional and personal, an electrifying boost. We’ll be launching a new collaborative 26 project or two on the day so come and be heard. And of course, there will be plenty of nourishing food for the stomach, as well as the mind and soul, plus satisfying book swaps. Reduced price tickets available to 26 members so don’t dilly. Or dally.

Andy Serkis
Andy is a director and award-winning actor, ‘soon to be seen as one of the greatest actors of his generation’, according to The Times. He’s perhaps best known for his portrayals of Gollum, King Kong and Caesar, the revolutionary ape in the Planet of the Apes films. But his accomplishments in non-CGI roles are varied: Ian Dury in Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll , Ian Brady in Longford, and Albert Einstein in Einstein and Eddington .

He was a key player in the development of CGI and performance capture, and is now one of the world’s experts. He’s used this expertise in film, and in video games including Heavenly Sword and Risen. He also runs The Imaginarium Studios in Ealing. It’s currently producing an entirely performance capture version of Animal Farm , as well as contributing to 2015’s Star Wars and Avengers films.

Alex Garland
Alex is a novelist, screenwriter, producer and director. Many of you will know him as the bestselling author of The Beach. He also wrote the screenplay for the film, the first of many collaborations with director Danny Boyle. His other screenwriting credits include 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd.

He’s also written for games and recently turned his hand to directing. His first film, Ex Machina , tackles how we use artificial intelligence, in this instance, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

And plenty more…
There’s storytelling from The Ministry of Stories and performance poetry from Jacob Sam La Rose . Adrian Hon will talk about A History of the Future in 100 Objects and Mike Abrahams will show us how to map out the future. Fraser Southey gets poetic about pack copy and Michael Burdett tells us the remarkable story behind a lost Nick Drake recording.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies will be selling treats to tempt your inner werewolf and we’ll have other goodies available, so bring some cash. And don’t forget our annual book swap, your chance to trade in your well-thumbed classics for something new.

We’ll also want to hear your predictions for the future, and will launch a brand new 26 project based on your suggestions.

We look forward to seeing you from 9.30am for a 10am start on Saturday 18th October at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. You can snap up your reduced price member tickets here. Just enter 26memberticket in the promotional code box.


Fraser Southey also appearing at Wordstock

Master the poetry of the pack in the company of a brandnoodler who just can’t resist the invitation to sell the sizzle on any box, bottle or bag. If you’re ready to set your morals aside for 45 pun-enriched minutes, Fraser Southey, will explain how you too can:

  • Write ‘romance’ copy that makes the hardest arteries swoon for a savoury snack
  • Sell sweets (and sugar-coated cereals) to babies
  • Master the art of the ‘Implied health benefit’
  • Discover the potent power of alliteration, exclamation marks and ‘funny starts’ to persuade all consumers

Forget Innocent. The tone of voice for this session will be unashamedly hard-core and hard sell – definitely not for writers of a highbrow disposition.


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