Places for Art - Save our Stories

Save Our Stories is a unique storytelling experience centred on the amazing S.O.S RescueShip (designed and built by public artist and automatist Andy Hazell).

The S.O.S RescueShip is a stunning, startling, story-gathering voyager which travels to festivals, schools, libraries, and communities with one simple message – help us save our stories.

It is an imaginative and vibrant approach to storytelling and story-sharing and offers a surprising yet accessible opportunity to engage in literacy.

S.O.S works with writers, artists, teachers and librarians to develop new creative approaches to literacy through imaginative, immersive storytelling, creative writing and reading activities.

Save our Stories first year of development was in partnership with LeftCoast. The Save Our Stories adventure is funded and managed by Blackpool Council Cultural Services.

For more information about Save Our Stories or to find out how you can help, contact

Save Our Stories (S.O.S) is a new storytelling and creative writing adventure for Blackpool and Wyre. Inspired by Dave Eggers? internationally successful story centre in San Francisco, the aim is to create an amazing and magical space for immersive storytelling and creative writing for children, young people, their families, carers and teachers.

The S.O.S base will be on the high street accessed through an extraordinary themed shop which will support its work through the sale of all kinds of wonderful things inspired by stories. S.O.S will not be confined to four walls, it is a storytelling experience that can visit schools, libraries, public spaces, children?s centres, fairs, galas and events. The project will have the S.O.S craft, a magical and artist designed transporter that will bring the wonder of stories out and about across the Fylde Coast and beyond.

S.O.S?s patron is Joe Delaney, Lancashire based bestselling author of the ?Spooks? books, published in 24 countries; Universal Studios are due to release the movie version of ?Seventh Son? this year.

Investment and support for Save Our Stories will help our children and future generations find these answers through their own storytelling journeys.

For more information about Save Our Stories or to find out how you can help