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Photo: Author Rogan Mills captivates his audience at Chorley Library at last year’s What’s Your Story Chorley?

It’s all systems go as Chorley gears up for its third annual word festival of fun, fiction and fairy tales celebrating the spoken and written word.

What’s Your Story, Chorley? 2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 60 performances in 12 venues across the town centre – plus a Shakespearean Karaoke!

The event, being held on Saturday 23 April from 11am to 4pm, has been organised by Chorley Council and The Creative Network – the organisations behind the hugely popular Chorley Live music event.

Nigel Stewart, of The Creative Network, said: “We have taken the successful Chorley Live concept to create this word festival to celebrate the wonderful world of words.

“What’s Your Story, Chorley? is back for the third year and each year we get more venues, more contributors and more people coming along to enjoy the day.

“As well as the popular 45 minute presentation/workshops we’ve had in previous years, for the first time this year we have some venues with a rolling programme of shorter performances. We also have musicians taking part in some venues, and our very own Shakespearean Karaoke to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard, which should be a lot of fun!

“We really do have something for everyone, from interactive story telling for the very young, to tips on how to get a book published for budding authors. We’re thrilled to have some of the best authors, poets and performers in the area – and all for just a £1 voluntary contribution!”

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

There will be:

* Storytelling for all ages
* Tips on starting, finishing and publishing a book
* Creative writing workshops
* Meet the author and book signings
* Creating and drawing characters
* Poetry reading
* Songs
* And lots of fun!

Jamie Carson, Director at Chorley Council, said: “This is becoming a more popular event each year which is great for visitors and shoppers because it is something different for people to enjoy.

“We have had even more support from venues and from extremely talented contributors this year which proves it is increasing becoming something that they want to be part of and it is yet another event that is attracting more people into the town centre.”

Venues this year include Chorley Library, Ebb and Flo book shop, Goodies Coffee Shop, The Duk Pond, Bubble ‘n’ Shake, Nu:Uniforms, The Buttonhole and a unit in Market Walk. More information and full details of who’s appearing where and at what time are available at chorley.gov.uk

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