Saturday 24 April 2021

Enjoy our annual festival of words...

This year our event is, in the main, a ‘virtual’ one but you can still get involved!

We have lots of content to share with you throughout the day from our talented contributors. Throughout the day you will be able to view videos that have been produced especially for What’s Your Story, Chorley? The writers and performers featured are both from our town and recognised nationally. Visit our What’s Your Story, Chorley? YouTube channel for all the videos. 

What's it all about?

What’s Your Story, Chorley? is organised by a group of dedicated volunteers and Chorley Council.

The event 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?

The event will be hosted online between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 24 April 2021.

World Book Night 2021

We combined What’s Your Story, Chorley? with the World Book Night 2021 annual event and we had hundreds of books distributed to the people of Chorley from our stall in Chorley town centre on 23 or 24 April 2021.

Meet the Author, World Book Night Q & A.

On Friday 23 April (World Book Night) we hosted talented Chorley author Joanne Sefton in an interactive session. Joanne was brought up and went to school in Chorley and has published 2 novels. She spoke about these and much more!

What's the book bench trail ?

Our popular Book Bench trail will be back, bigger and better for 2021, showcasing vibrant artwork created by local school children, staff and volunteers at Adlington Library and students from Edge Hill University.

These brightly coloured benches are designed and decorated by eleven schools in Chorley, working in partnership with Edge Hill University, each with a design based on a popular children’s book, encouraging children to explore the story while decorating their bench. This year Adlington Library and Edge Hill University have also created benches for the trail.

These will be scattered around the town centre for people to find. Simply download a trail leaflet and off you go. On the back of the leaflet will be the Book Bench Quiz. Find the Book Bench on the map to help you to answer the question. Each Book Bench will have a QR code on it, just scan the code with your smartphone to display all the information you need about the book. 

After the event, children will get to enjoy their book bench within their school, to inspire reading for years to come.

The primary schools taking part include:

  • Adlington Primary School
  • Balshaw Lane Community Primary School
  • Charnock Richard CE Primary School
  • Coppull Parish CE Primary School
  • Mawdesley St Peter’s CE Primary School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
  • St Chad’s Catholic Primary School
  • St George’s CE Primary School
  • St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
  • St James’ CE Primary School
  • St Peter’s CE Primary School

To edit the trail leaflet, you will need to save it to your phone or smart device. 

Paper copies of the Book Bench Trail leaflet can be collected from Chorley Library & Ebb & Flo Book Shop

Young People’s Writing Competition

Calling all budding young writers!

This year’s competition is being lead in conjunction with Magical Story Jars.
Create your story using three essential story ingredients to be in with a chance of winning prizes.

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.

Thank You

We want to wish a big thank you to all the following people and groups that have donated their time and efforts to make this event happen:

Our Contributors creating excellent videos for us to watch.

Our volunteers donating their time and working hard to make sure the event can go ahead.

The following organisations that have supported the event in many ways:

  • Chorley Council
  • Chorley Library
  • Ebb and Flo Bookshop
  • Chorley Theatre
  • Edge Hill University staff and students
  • Local Primary Schools and Adlington Library volunteers for their excellent Book Benches

We hope to see you all in person in our excellent event venues for next year’s What’s Your Story, Chorley? event