Book signings, poetry readings and creative writing workshops will be held at town centre venues as What’s Your Story, Chorley? returns this Saturday.
The second annual festival will be a celebration of the spoken and written word, complete with fiction and fairytales.
Ten venues will hold sessions, with organisers promising something for people of all ages, from young children to those who have read thousands of books.
The event is being run by Chorley Council and the Creative Network, the organisations behind the Chorley Live music event.
Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network, said: “The response we had to last year’s first event was phenomenal and the event has got a bigger line-up this year with 50 performances during the day.
“We do really have something for everyone whether it’s interactive storytelling for the very young ones or tips on how to get a book published for budding authors.
“The response we had to last year’s first event was phenomenal and the event has got a bigger line-up this year with 50 performances during the day.”Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network
“The concept is similar to that of the successful Chorley Live events although we’re celebrating words – writing, reading and listening – rather than live music.
“We’re thrilled to have some of the best authors, poets and performers in the area so it will be worth coming along – and for just a voluntary contribution of £1, it will be great value for everyone.”
Each venue will have performers and workshops starting on the hour from 11am to 4pm.
The sessions will include: storytelling for all ages; tips on starting, finishing and publishing a book; creative writing workshops; meet the author and book signings; creating and drawing characters; and poetry readings.
Gary Hall, chief executive of Chorley Council, said: “We’re keen to have more events taking place in the town centre to give people another reason to visit and spend their money here.
“We’ve had great support from all those taking part on the day and if you enjoy reading, writing or listening then there’s plenty of great entertainment for you.”
Entry to the venues will be via a wristband, available in advance or on the day for a voluntary contribution of £1.
The venues being used are Chorley Library, Ebb and Flo book shop, the bus station, Goodies Coffee Shop, Bubble N Shake and Knitty Noras, plus units on Market Street and at Market Walk.
For the full timetable of sessions, see this week’s Chorley Guardian.