Word festival attracts more venues

20 March 2015

CHORLEY’S word festival is back by popular demand and promises to be bigger and better than ever with even more storytellers, authors and venues taking part.

What’s Your Story Chorley? is a day of family fun and entertainment celebrating the wonderful world of words and will be held in a variety of venues across the town centre on Saturday 25 April.

The event is being run by Chorley Council and the Creative Network – the same organisations behind the hugely successful annual Chorley Live event which brings together musicians of all types for one weekend playing live at 25 venues across the town.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “What’s Your Story Chorley? brings alive the world of words and provides entertainment for local people and visitors to Chorley to enjoy.

“Having live events such as these creates a real buzz in the town centre. We are delighted that What’s Your Story Chorley? will be bigger and better than ever this year with more contributors and more venues taking part and I’d urge people to come along on the day and enjoy this celebration for all the family.”

Each venue will have performers and workshops starting on the hour from 11am through until the final session that will run until 4pm.

The venues include:
•         Chorley library – three separate venues inside
•         Ebb and Flo book shop
•         Knitty Nora’s
•         Bubble ‘n’ Shake
•         Goodies Café
•         St Catherine’s Hospice bookshop
•         The Chorley bus interchange
•         102 Market Street
•         Market Walk entrance

There will also be storytelling throughout the day outside the Covered Market, along with book signings and opportunities to meet authors.

Admission to the venues is by wristband available for a voluntary contribution of £1.

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network, said the event will cater for people of all ages and interests: “We’re excited by the response we’ve had from venues across the town – they want to be part of What’s Your Story Chorley? so we’ve more places than ever before where people can be inspired by words.”

The types of sessions on the day will include:
• Storytelling for all ages
• Tips on starting, finishing and publishing a book
• Creative writing workshops
• Meet the author and book signings
• Performances to words – including Lancashire dialect
• Poetry reading

A full list of who is performing at which venue will be published soon and all details will also be available on the council’s website chorley.gov.uk


Picture caption: The new What’s Your Story Chorley? 2015 wristbands are now available for a £1 voluntary contribution
For more information, please contact policy and engagement assistant Vanessa Fitzgerald on 01257 515033.

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