My annual pilgrimage to Wordstock, organised by writers' collective 26 – ‘for the love of words in business and in life’ – never fails to inspire and challenge, and occasionally baffle. In a good way.

This year’s theme for the all-day event was The Future. There were talks and presentations on A History of the Future in 100 Objects by Adrian Hon, the next generation of performance capture technology in film, and the growing world of storytelling through computer games.

The headline spots were Andy Serkis (shaky iPhone pic below) and Alex Garland (above, right). Andy Serkis is a director and actor best known for his portrayals of Gollum, King Kong and revolutionary ape Caesar in the Planet of the Apes. He has also played Ian Dury, Ian Brady and Albert Einstein. Nothing if not versatile.

Alex Garland is a novelist, screenwriter and film producer. He wrote the bestselling novel The Beach, and has screenwriting credits for 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd.

I should make special mention of Michael Burdett whose very funny presentation Strange Face featured the best use of Powerpoint I have ever seen. The tale, about a round-Britain journey with a lost Nick Drake recording, was compelling, and won the award for best free performance at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Add the The Ministry of Stories and performance poetry from Jacob Sam La Rose and Toni Stuart and the day was full to bursting.