Booker Prize shortlisted Lancaster-based author Carol Birch will be the guest of honour at a one day literary festival in Lancashire.
The Word festival, set to take place at stately Astley Hall, in Chorley, will also feature top short story writer Zoe Lambert, author of the acclaimed War Tour.
Carol Birch’s stunning historical novel, Jamrach’s Menagerie, was listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize and made the finals of the Orange Prize award.
Organised by a Preston-based writing group which meets at the New Continental every other Tuesday, one of the organisers,Alan Whelan said: “This is our second festival.
“Last year’s was a sell out and got rave reviews from the people who attended.
We have got great speakers who will be interesting to anyone with an interest in writing and it all takes place in a friendly and informal atmosphere with lunch thrown in for the price too.”
Also on the bill is freewheeling travel writer Peter Moore.
The one day event is aimed at fiction and non-fiction writers, ghost-writers, journalists and anyone who wants to learn more about how to write.
The Word will take place on Saturday, September 21, from 9.30am to 15.30pm. Visit the-word.org.uk for full details.