November 2023 Write Now

What’s Your Story Chorley- 2023

Date: 25th March 2023

Location: Chorley Library

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What’s your Story, Chorley, run by Chorley Council, is their annual festival of words. Once more the Chorley and District Writers’ Circle had an important part to play. The main event took place in the Library on the Saturday and featured childrens’ books. Children and adults were entertained at the Library. We gave out party bags to remind children of the stories; these  included: scratch art bookmarks, colouring sheet stack pencils and sunflower seeds. Lynne read out her take on Humpty Dumpty, Tina read an adventurous Santa story: Tina also read Eleanor’s Trolls story as Eleanor wasn’t able to take part as she had broken her leg. Is there a doctor in the house? Funnily enough one of our members Dr Clive Barker presented a show at the Theatre to a packed audience on Friday 24th March. Photos below. (Tina and Kathleen courtesey of Chorley Library and Facebook)

Dr Clive Barker presenting ‘Lessons in Life. Birth and Death: Musings of a retired Chorley GP’ at Chorley Theatre on Friday 24th March

CDWC Talk on ‘Highlights from the Writers’ Summit’

Having recently attended the London Book Fair, Chorley and District Writers’ Circle were pleased to present our experiences on the day and our insight into the next steps.

We were joined by some new faces at our talk and treated to an excellent presentation from Jane. Sharing some useful tips about getting published and, crucially, why we want others to read our work. She referred members to the Alliance of Independent Authors, a non-profit association for self publishing writers.

What’s Your Story Chorley- 2022

Date: 26th March 2022

Location: Chorley Library

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What’s your Story Chorley, run by Chorley Council, is their annual festival of words, which our Circle has partaken in for years. This year, we were back in person and read at the public library. Watch our video below.

What’s Your Story Chorley- 2021

Date: 24th April 2021

Location: Hosted online this year

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What’s your Story Chorley, run by Chorley Council, is their annual festival of words, which our Circle has partaken in for years. This year, it was hosted online, so our members pooled their multiple talents (but with particular thanks to Eleanor) and produced a fabulous 30 minute video of recent poetry and prose, which you can watch below.

What’s Your Story Chorley- 2019

Date: 30th March 2019

Location: various sites around Chorley town centre

On Saturday our members read in Chorley Library as part of the festival, below is the video of our live reading.

What’s Your Story Chorley- 2018

Date: 28th April 2018

Location: various sites around Chorley town centre

We were invited to present two sessions this year. Our first session was on the ground floor of Chorley Library, at 1 pm. We enjoyed an introduction from Dave on the nature of story telling and writing, and readings from Lynne, Kev, Ian, Walter, Dea and Greg. We had a stall in the foyer selling books, cards and event tea towels featuring the work of CADWC members. Many thanks to Sylvia, Jane and Jeanette for running the stall.
At 3 pm, we moved to the Royal Bank of Scotland where Jane, Greg and Lynne read their work.

Our Past Events

We’ve held a multitude of diverse events in the past within the arena of writing.

Aug 2017 Meeting – We welcomed graphic novelist Michael Barrett to our August meeting to present a talk on his novel, ‘The Invincibles’. The book is the story of Preston North End’s ‘Invincibles’ team of the 1880s, it’s told by an author whose love of the sport and the team is matched only by his attention to historical detail. It tells the story of how the team and their manager changed the nature of football forever, developing the modern game. Michael told us why he wrote the book, why he decided to present it as a graphic novel, and how his detailed historical research helped to produce a book to be proud of.

Aug 2016 Meeting – We welcomed high-profile novelist Carys Bray, from Southport, as a speaker. Carys was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award and the Desmond Elliot prize in 2014 with A Song for Issy Bradley, a story told from multiple viewpoints within a Mormon family after the death of a child. This summer, Carys’s second book, The Museum of You, about a young girl, Clover, who decides to discover more about the mother who died when Clover was a baby and creates a museum dedicated to her in a spare bedroom, was published to high acclaim.

November Brilliance with Super Speakers 2015 – We once again held our public event Write Now. This year it took a different format – we had two quality speakers, Robin Jones and Cath Staincliffe, who talked about their lives as a publisher/agent and as an author and scriptwriter respectively.

Short Story Slam 2015 – If you’ve not watched a Slam before, there are 12 entrants, each with a very short story of not more than 200 words. The first round consists of six head-to-head clashes, the second three and at the end there’s a three-way final, with £100 and glory up for grabs. The audience gets to vote on the winner of each bout. Our twelve entrants came from across Lancashire with six from our Circle, two of whom were talented and lucky enough to get into the final. It was one of the Circle’s members, Cathy Lennon, who won first prize! Congratulations to all the slammers who were brave enough to take part and to the finalists, Cathy, Trefor Lloyd and Tim Mullin.