Join the fun at new literary festival

FESTIVAL: Author John Winstanley will be among those at the literary festival
FESTIVAL: Author John Winstanley will be among those at the literary festival
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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:

Library Circle

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

Library Junior

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

11am TBC

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

Knitty Nora’s

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

Frank English

Patricia Comb and Thelma Hancock

Rick Lee

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

Bus station

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