Pearls of Wisdom


“The FT article uses national deprivation indices as the basis for its description of Blackpool as importing the “unskilled, unemployable and the unwell.” These indices cannot describe the struggles, transformation and triumphs of local people living their daily lives and continually forging new communities. Perhaps more insidiously, deprivation statistics imply that Blackpool people do not have the wisdom or initiative to create their town, despite the fact that this is visibly untrue. We will work with Blackpool people to collect and publicly present the true wisdom of Blackpool – the personal insights into living that underpin Blackpool society. With each wise story teller, we will develop and produce these ‘pearls of wisdom’ as colour comic strips to be published Blackpool Gazette.”

Simon Grennan (artist), UK


1st November 2018; 8th November 2018, 15th November 2018, 22nd November 2018, 29th November 2018, 6th December 2018, 13th December 2018, 20th December 2018, 27th December 2018, 3rd January 2019.

Location: The Blackpool Gazette