Top talent at Open Write Night

John Winstanley of Withnell with his book about the music scene in Chorley.

John Winstanley of Withnell with his book about the music scene in Chorley.

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Music author John Winstanley has come out of retirement to host a special ‘Open Mic Write’ in Higher Wheelton this weekend.

John, author of ‘Unsigned Unscene’, has teamed up with a number of people from the area, including the Chorley and District Writers’ Circle and the Lancashire Authors’ Association, to stage the event, described as a mix of art literature and regional music, at The Golden Lion in Blackburn Road on Saturday from 8pm.

“It would take something very special for me to come out of retirement from music promotion, and this night is what it takes to do that.”

Music author John Winstanley

He said: “It would take something very special for me to come out of retirement from music promotion, and this night is what it takes to do that.”

John will kick off proceedings with readings from his latest book ‘Beyond the Horizon’ – a collection of 55 song lyrics, poems and prose he wrote as he grew up in 
Chorley.

Next, award-winning film script writer Chrissie Keelan will show one of her short films and tell of how the Lancashire Authors’ Association has helped her career.

Dean Lane will then perform acoustic folk fresh from his debut gig at the Wigan Diggers Festival in September, followed by performance poetry from Jeff Dawson (aka Jefferama), Gordon Zola and brand new and exciting young talent Jodie Smith-Richardson.

In Violet Light, a young girl duo from Blackburn who mix original songs with classic tunes from Fleetwood Mac to John Mayer, will take to the stage next, followed by Dea Parkin, chair of Chorley and District Writers’ Circle, who will give a rare public reading of her own poems and prose.

Katharine Ann Angel will read from her latest book ‘The Burglars’ Baby’, and Chorley’s power pop funsters Sprungloaded will play original and chart topping hits until late.

Entry is free and the art of Lee Wearing will be on display too.