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?

Between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 28 March, the following venues will be hosting presentations.

  • Union Street Civic Offices
  • Chorley Library
  • Ebb and Flo Book shop
  • Chorley Theatre
  • St Laurence’s Church

What's the book bench trail?

Our popular Book Bench trail will be back, bigger and better for 2020, 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 collect 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. 

On Saturday 28 March, there will also be the opportunity for you to get involved and help decorate a book bench in Chorley town centre so you too can be part of this fantastic community initiative.

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

Pre events

In the lead up to the main event on the day we also have some very interesting and enjoyable pre-events for you to get involved with:

Friday 6 March: Community Story time, Chorley Library 10am.
In our regular preschool story-time slot of Friday 10am, we are holding a special story time with the help of Class 1 from St Laurence’s school. The children will be coming in to read some of their favourite stories and poems to the younger children, and then we’ll all be making flower garlands together to decorate the junior library ahead of What’s Your Story, Chorley? All preschool children and their parents/carers are welcome.

Saturday 7 March: Lancaster University Creative Writing Workshop, Chorley Library 2pm.
A group of students from Lancaster University are coming into the library to run a creative writing workshop from 2pm – 3.30pm. The workshop is linked to the Literary Lancashire Award. Participants don’t have to submit their work, they can just come and enjoy a really great creative session. Ages 16-30.

Friday 13 March: Community Story time, Chorley Library 10am.
Local school children will be coming to the library to read to the smaller children and there will be arts and crafts to get involved with too.

Saturday 14 March: Book Paper craft with our Culture Hacks (Library young volunteers) Chorley Library 2.15pm.
A Free event from 2.15pm – 3.45pm for children and families. Crafts to decorate the libraries.

Wednesday 18 March: An Evening with Joanna Trollope with Ebb and Flo. Chorley Library 7.30pm.
Come and join best-selling author and engaging speaker Joanna Trollope as she talks about her latest book ‘Mum & Dad’ a book that explores the issues at the heart of a modern family with warmth and wit. For all event info and tickets click here

Friday 20 March: Community Story time, Chorley Library 10am.
Local school children will be coming to the library to read to the smaller children and there will be arts and crafts to get involved with too.

Saturday 21 March: Nathan Parker Author visit.
2.15pm. Nathan is a young adult author from Blackpool. His novel, The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson, was shortlisted for the Lancashire book of the year and he is extremely popular with school pupils and library young volunteers around the county.
Nathan’s follow up book, which will be the next in the series (The Granville Series) will be published this year and he’ll be talking all about his author journey, reading his favourite passages and answering audience questions. Sure to be an interesting afternoon for young adults and adults alike.

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.