Poetry readings, book signings and writing workshops will be on offer during a new literary festival in Chorley.
What’s Your Story, Chorley? will see fun, fiction and fairytales in venues around the town centre on Saturday, April 26 in what has been described as a “celebration of the spoken and written word”.
Organisers have promised there will be something for everyone, from young children to bookworms who have read thousands of novels.
The programme includes storytelling, tips on writing and publishing a book, performances to words and poetry readings.
There will also be chances to meet authors, including Withnell’s John Winstanley, who wrote Unsigned Unscene about Chorley’s music scene, and Lloyd Martin, from Preston, who based his recent novel, The Mandalay Conspiracy, on a real-life Cold War project.
The event is being run by Chorley Council and the Creative Network, the same organisations behind the Chorley Live music event.
Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network, said: “We do really have something for everyone, whether it’s storytelling and yoga for the very young ones or tips on how to get a book published for budding authors.
“We have lined up some of the best authors, poets and performers in the area so it will be worth coming along for the day - and for just a voluntary contribution of £1 it will be great value for everyone.”
Coun Peter Wilson, deputy council leader, added: “With Chorley Live last year and now What’s Your Story, Chorley?, we’re trying to create a programme of events that will draw people in from right across the region and put Chorley on the map as a place to come and visit.”
What’s Your Story, Chorley? will be held at: Chorley Library, Ebb And Flo book shop, Knitty Nora’s, Chorley Interchange, Chorley Town Hall and an outdoor area near the covered market.
Each venue will have performers and workshops starting on the hour from 11am to 4pm.
Entry will be via a wristband, available for a voluntary contribution of £1.
The full schedule is:
11am Dean Fraser, poetry
Noon Diana Shaw, meet the author
1pm Sid Calderbank, Lancashire dialect
2pm Chorley And District Writers’ Circle, writers’ group
3pm Lorna Smithers, poetry
11am Steve Smallman, children’s writer
Noon Vanessa Lees, interactive session
1pm Adam Perrott, children’s author
2pm Fiona Woodhead, children’s author - craft session
3pm Rogan Mills, children’s storyteller
Library (Closed Room)
11am Lin Dean, story yoga
Noon Nick Oldham, author
1pm Lynn McCann, storytelling workshop
2pm Flashtag, performance and workshops
3pm Lancashire Authors Association, listen to extracts from their work
Chorley Town Hall 1
11am Pete Cunliffe, talk on the role of bomber command
Noon Charlotte Jukes, poetry and writing
1pm Victoria Trundle, self-publishing talk
2pm Andy Benison, Searching for Matthew performed by the Charity Players
3pm Susanne Holt, creative writing masterclass
Town Hall 2
Noon Patricia Comb, romantic comedy author
1pm Thelma Hancock, murder/mystery writer
2pm Andy Holder, writing your first novel
3pm Lloyd Martin, self-published author
11am Gordon Aindow, poems and short stories
Noon Lorna Smithers, Guests of the Earth
1pm Barry Durham, insights into how he writes and self publishes
2pm John Winstanley, newly-published book
3pm Frank Williams, sailor telling stories
Outside H Samuel (entrance to Market Walk)
All day Catherine Cousins
Patricia Comb and Thelma Hancock
Katharine Ann Angel
Ebb and Flo
11 am Adam Perrott, children’s author
Noon Rogan Mills, music and story for children
1pm Steve Smallman, illustration workshop
2pm Avril Scott, creative writing
3pm Jenn Ashworth and Sarah Jasmon, reading, Q&A, book signing
11am Sid Calderbank, Lancashire dialect
Noon Flashtag writers, performance of their work
1pm Runshaw Writes Lines - Made in Chorley, poetry and prose written by Runshaw College’s creative writers
2pm Andrew Gardner, storytelling
3pm Dana Nadeua, combined poetry and storytelling