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THE WORD festival Astley_Hall_Chorley

The Word – the first one-day writing festival for Lancashire writers – is confirmed for 22 SEPTEMBER 2012 at the beautiful ASTLEY HALL in Chorley.

It is a wonderful venue that is sure to get the creative juices flowing for anybody who appreciates good writing. We’re speaking to some superb writers who will host some fantastic events throughout the day. Details to come.

The event is aimed at fiction and non-fiction authors, copywriters, ghostwriters, journalists, editors and lecturers – add another category here if you don’t fit into any of those!

We will have the run of the coach house, which houses the excellent Cafe Ambio and is situated next to the walled garden. Astley Hall will also be open and FREE on festival day, so writers can take a peek at this Elizabethan manor when they’re all written out.

Put 22 September in your diary now. Tickets will be on sale shortly.


UPDATE: Award-winning North West author Jenn Ashworth is now confirmed as one of the speakers at The Word Festival.

Jenn’s 2009 novel A Kind of Intimacy was included in the Waterstone’s New Voices promotion and short-listed for Sam Jordison’s Not The Booker Award at The Guardian. In 2010 it got a Betty Trask award from the Society of Authors, and Jenn’s second novel, Cold Light, has also received excellent reviews:

‘Another cleverly skewed tale told from the self-conscious perspective of an outsider’ ‘arrestingly observant’ ‘Ashworth’s second book confirms that  the first was no one-off… her talent could take her a long way’.    The Guardian

More details on what Jenn Ashworth will be doing at The Word Festival to follow soon!

And The Word is that Kindle chart-topping Kerry Wilkinson has also confirmed – more details soon!