Literary Canon Blog


Desperately wanting to achieve a goal, working hard to achieve it.

Ambi – both.

i/it – going.

ous – full of, by nature.

Link words: ambidextrous, amphibious, ambience, amphitheatre.

In Ancient Rome, AMBITIO was campaigning of political candidates – going to and fro (ambi), talking to people to win their votes, desperately trying to succeed.

Keep working hard and carry on with your reading. We hope you have a lovely half term. Stay safe, from Mrs Dyson and Mrs Williams.


Like all towns and cities in the UK, Blackpool has changed over the years and continues to do so.  This much-loved seaside resort has developed from just a few houses along the 7 miles of golden beach in the mid to late 1700s to what it is today.  Did you know that Bispham features in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was a village in its own right until 1910? (The Domesday Book was completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror as a great survey of much of England and parts of Wales.  William needed to raise taxes to pay for his army and the survey was used to assess the wealth and assets of his subjects throughout the land).

Lord Horatio Nelson was a very famous admiral of the Napoleonic Wars and is known as the greatest sea warrior in British history.  Although a sickly child, he went to sea when he was just 12 years old.  HMS Foudroyant was his flagship, launched in 1798 and retired from active service in 1812. It then became a floating museum and on the 16th June, 1897 it was wrecked on Blackpool sands opposite the Metropole Hotel.  All the crew survived.  The wreck was sold and made into souvenirs.  Some of the timbers were used for the building of St Paul’s church, North Shore.

When Blackpool Tower opened in 1894 the second floor housed a menagerie (a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition).  There were lions, tigers, polar bears, other smaller animals and birds.  It closed in the early 1970s when Blackpool Zoo opened.

These facts and many more, including a wonderful array of photographs, were taken from the book “Lost Blackpool”, published in 2019 and written by Chris Bottomley and Allan W. Wood.



An actor or actress connected with acting and the theatre.  A person who is excellent at performing is an example of someone who would be described as having thespian talent.

Thespis – according to Ancient Greek sources, Thespis of Icaria was the first person to appear on stage as an actor.

ian – characteristic of, as in: authoritarian, barbarian, Christian, equestrian, Italian.


Equal value.

Value can mean several things so valent (valanvy) is used in different subjects in specific ways, but always means value at its root.

Equ – equal, equidistant, equilibrium, equivocal.

val – strength, value-valour, valiant, prevalent, evaluate.

ent – state, condition-ambivalent, subservient.


I was born in Scotland and still have many family members there so I like to visit them whenever possible.  Last summer I was driving home to Blackpool after another trip “up north” and, as I returned to Lancashire, I noticed many road signs for local villages which are situated just a few miles from Blackpool.  I realised, looking at the names on the signs, that I had never visited many of these villages and knew very little about my local area, even though I have lived in Lancashire now for 30 years.  This gave me an idea for some articles for our literary canon blog.

Many, if not all of you, will probably spend this summer here on the Fylde Coast, due to lockdown restrictions.  This gives you a wonderful opportunity to explore where you live.  Over the next few weeks I will be writing about some interesting facts and places of interest relating to the Fylde Coast and our wonderful county of Lancashire, which I hope you will enjoy reading about.   Included in my articles will be book reviews linked to some of these places, local author profiles and much more.  

If you would like to tell us about where you live or local places of interest that you have enjoyed visiting either here in Lancashire or further afield, we would love to hear from you.  Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..