What’s Your Story, Chorley?

Whether you’re a literary fan or not, don’t miss this fantastic festival of words in Chorley town centre on Saturday 28 April with plenty of fun activities for all the family including reading, writing, storytelling and the return of the brilliant book bench trail.

Saturday 28 April 2018

What’s it all about?

What’s Your Story, Chorley? is organised by The Creative Network and Chorley Council, which are the organisations behind the popular Chorley Live music event which showcases a variety or musicians and bands in venues across Chorley.

What’s Your Story, Chorley? is based on a similar concept to Chorley Live and gives authors, writers and story tellers the chance to showcase their craft in a range of venues in Chorley town centre. Meet the authors and get a chance to develop your writing skills, listen to poetry or watch dramatic presentations. Plus, you can pick up a leaflet and follow the book bench trail around Chorley town centre. Look out for the fabulous book benches which have been hand painted by schools across the Chorley borough.

What’s happening and where?

Between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 28 April, the following venues will be hosting presentations. More information including presentation times are included in the event programme below.

Click here to view the 2018 programme

Chorley Library
The Buttonhole
Ebb and Flow Bookshop
Goodies Coffee Shop
Rosie Posies
Royal Bank of Scotland
Chorley Little Theatre
St Laurence’s Church

What’s the book bench trail?

Following the successful introduction of the book bench trail to last year’s event, 11 primary schools will be designing and decorating a themed bench that looks like a book. These will be scattered around the town centre for people to find. On Saturday 28 April, there will also be the opportunity to help decorate a book bench in Chorley town centre to enable as many people as possible to be part of this fantastic initiative. The book benches will be designed by local school children working in partnership with Edge Hill University Primary English team.

The benches will also have a trail quiz which will again be designed by the children with help from students at Edge Hill. Click the link below to view the book bench trail quiz sheet and you can pick one up at all the venues and also the town hall and Woodchats Coffee Shop.

Book bench quiz sheet

The primary schools taking part include:

St Mary’s Chorley
St James’ Chorley
Sacred Heart Chorley
Withnell St Joseph’s
Duke Street Chorley
Mawdesley St Peter’s
Coppull Primary
Brinscall St John’s
Christ Church Charnock Richard
Gillibrand Primary School
St Peter’s Chorley

Find your way

By car
Use junction 8 off the M61 or junction 28 off the M6. Chorley town centre is easily accessed from the A6, which passes directly through Chorley.

By bus
Chorley is well-served by bus routes linking the town centre with surrounding villages. The main bus route is the 125/126, which links Chorley to Preston and Bolton. There are also direct bus routes from Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Lake District.

By rail
Chorley is on the main train line between Manchester and Blackpool. If you are travelling on a long distance service you will need to change at Manchester or Preston.

What’s the latest?

For further information and all the latest updates on What’s Your Story, Chorley? please visit the Facebook event page where you can also share your pictures from the day.

Facebook Event