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Final call for word festival

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

Authors and storytellers, poets and songwriters are being sought to take part in a popular word festival in Chorley town centre.

What’s Your Story, Chorley? is set to make a welcome return to the town in April and although many contributors have already come forward, more will be made very welcome.

Organisers of the family event, The Creative Network and Chorley Council hope to build on the success of previous years’ events to make this year the best yet with even more venues taking part.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council said: “The popularity of this event just grows each year, as a result we’ve had lots of contributors come forward already. But now we’ve even more venues taking part, we need even more to get involved!

“It is a great family fun event in a format similar to our hugely popular Chorley Live event with different contributors performing on the hour every hour at different venues across the town centre.

“This kind of thing attracts people into the town centre and entertains shoppers and visitors alike, and it also gives local wordsmiths the chance to showcase their work.”

What’s Your Story, Chorley? will be held on Saturday 23 April from 11am to 4pm and venues which have already confirmed include:

* four separate locations within Chorley Library,

* Ebb and Flo bookshop, Gillibrand Street,

* Goodies Coffee Shop, Cannon Street,

* The Duk Pond, Cleveland Street

* The Buttonhole, Chapel Street,

* Nu:Uniforms, Market Street,

* Market Walk

The activities on the day will include writing workshops, storytelling, poetry readings, musical performances, meet the authors and lots more.

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network, said: “We’re really excited by the response we’ve had from venues across the town including some new ones this year. We’ve also had over 30 contributors keen to take part, but we do need more, so we’d love to hear from you if you’ve a story to tell or a poem to share.

“It will open up a whole new audience for you, so if you’d like to get involved, then please contact me by email at info@thecreativenetwork.org.uk or by phone on 07883 181 978, or email Chorley Council at contact@chorley.gov.uk or phone 01257 515151.”

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