Festival of local stories

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, 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 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 Ashton, 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.

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.”

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 sessions starting on the hour from 11am to 4pm.