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Meet a first-time author in a Lancashire library

An autobiographical writer who has had his debut book published will visit Garstang Library next week.

James Lettice will be at the library on Monday 10 December at 3pm for a special free event.

The author will be talking about his first book, speaking with visitors at the event and signing copies of the debut work, ‘Long Journey to Jimbopo.’

The debut book was inspired by James suffering cancer and his difficult and short-lived army career. The novel is a memoir of his life from a rebellious soldier serving in the Far East, and also includes 10 of his poems.

An aim of James writing the book was to make sure that future generations of his family would know about the difficulties and challenges that he has faced in his life. It will have meaning for anyone who has experienced struggles of their own.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I’m sure that many people will enjoy going along to this event. The afternoon will include poetry, and James sharing his life story with a touch of humour and personal anecdotes.

“The book is about the extraordinary life story of James. I hope that the debut book goes well.”

It is free to attend the event, but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.

James now lives in Blackpool, and is originally from Wigan.

Tickets for the events can be booked online at bit.ly/2AV6ZCM or by calling in at the library.

For more information about the event, phone 0300 123 6703, or go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

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