Burnley Literary Festival

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Welcome to Burnley Literary Festival 2017!

Four days of award-winning authors, brilliant storytelling, performances
which bring books to life, fun creative workshops, amazing poetry and spoken-word sessions and so much more! Visit Burnley Literary Festival for a fun-filled, fascinating four days, throughout Burnley town centre.

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What's On?

Please note: Louise Gornall has had to cancel her appearance on Saturday at Burnley Central Library



The Shift Café

Above the Swan Inn, 44 St. James’ Street, Burnley Town Centre, Lancashire, BB11 1NQ


A terrific place so it is

A creative hub offering food, drinks and a wide range workshops and special events.  Please note this is a first floor venue with no lift access.

Rhode Island Coffee

62 St James’s St, BB11 1NH

A tremendous venue that’s for certain

A friendly coffee shop offering natural hearty food in a relaxing environment. Their Burnley Literary Festival session will be in the rear seating area, surrounded by books.


Pop-up Festival Venue

93 St James’s St, BB11 1PY

A brilliant place that’s for sure

Charter Walk Shopping Centre will be home to a dedicated pop-up festival venue for some of our amazing Burnley Literary Festival sessions.


McDonald’s Restaurant

11-15 St James’s St, BB11 1QL

A happy place of course

The golden arches and newly refurbished restaurant will host one of our brilliant Burnley Literary Festival sessions and proudly sponsoring Burnley Literary Festival 2017.


Little Barista

7 Howe Walk, BB11 1QB

A wonderful venue don’t you know

Little Barista is a welcoming independent family run coffee shop offering organic coffee and products, with vegan and gluten free options.

Krafty Cow Tearoom

16 Boot Way, BB11 2EE

A splendiferous space so it is

A unique and family friendly tea room, where people of all ages and abilities can come and do arts, crafts and workshops.


Illuminati Bar and Restaurant

18 Hammerton St, BB11 11NA

A super space that is clear

Recently refurbished with a brand new restaurant and fabulous cocktail bar. This venue brings a big city vibe to Burnley.


Burnley Women’s Centre

4 Nicholas St, Burnley, BB11 2EU

An excellent venue for sure

Burnley Women’s Centre offers a safe, female only space.  Whatever your needs, you can drop in to your local centre any time between 10am and 3pm.  The Centre delivers services aimed at ensuring that women can achieve their potential, develop their assets and skills and live safe, healthy and prosperous lives.


Burnley Mechanics

Manchester Rd, Burnley, BB11 1BH

A magnificent place it’s true

Burnley Mechanics is a Theatre in Burnley Town Centre, a charity run by Burnley leisure Trust.  It is a grade II listed building with a long history.  It delivers a diverse programme of events throughout the year ranging from music theatre productions, family shows, comedy, storytelling, and crafts and arts workshops.

The Festival will be hosting performances in the Front Room, Basement and Loft.

The venue is fully accessible with ramp access to the front of the building and lift access to all floors.


Burnley Market Customer Rest Area

Burnley Market, Curzon St, Burnley, BB11 1BB

A fantastic space that’s right

Burnley Market, is the place to go for great quality local produce, beauty treatments, fashion, technology and an amazing variety of food. The Market’s Customer Rest area will provide a relaxed and informal venue for some of the Festival’s group sessions.  The market is fully accessible by ramp and lift.


Burnley Community Kitchen

(Burnley FC in the Community)

83 The Balcony, Market Square, BB11 1AE

An exciting new place you’ll find

Burnley FC in the Community are hosting sessions in their brand new town centre community venue.  This is a first floor venue but access is available by both lift and ramp.


Burnley Central Library

Grimshaw Street, Burnley, BB11 2BD

A splendid space to be sure

Burnley Central Library is a centrally located library and community facility which offers a wide range of activities for children, teenagers and adults.  It’s resources include books, e-books, DVDs CDs and computers.

Nearby disabled parking is available on Thompson car park.

There is ramp access at the front of the building and a lift is available to all floors.


Bellissimo Italian Coffee Shop

3 Parker Lane, BB11 2BY

A delightful place you’ll see

This lovely authentic Italian café was last year voted Best Italian Coffee Shop in England, and has been shortlisted for the award again this year!


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Flash Fiction

Can you tell a story in 10, 20 or 50 words?

What is Flash Fiction?

It is a style of fiction where brevity is key! It is a story told in few words. There will be Flash Fiction workshops during Burnley Literary Festival 2017 to help you. See burnleyliteraryfestival.co.uk for details.

What is the competition?

We are inviting you to write a short story of a maximum of 10, 20 or 50 words. It can be about any topic, in any style, but must be your own work.

What can I win?

You can submit your entry to any and all categories. The winning entry from each category will be read out on BBC Radio Lancashire and the winners will appear live on air. The winner of each category will also receive a prize of books to the value of £100.

How do I enter?

Submit your entry before midnight on the 23rd Oct 2017.

Please include a separate cover note with you name, contact details, category and Story title By email: info@burnleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

Please mark your entry ‘Burnley Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition’ in the subject line

By post: Burnley Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition, Burnley Council, Parker Lane Offices, Burnley, BB11 2BY

When is the closing date?

Midnight on 23 October 2017

Competition Rules:

  •  The entry must not exceed the category maximum. A title is not included in the word count. Please state clearly which category you are entering on your application.
  • Entries must be in writing (typed or handwritten) and in English
  • Entries can be submitted by post or email
  • Entries will be judged anonymously.
  • Entries submitted by post must have the correct postage – if insufficient postage is paid, Burnley Council will not pay the additional postage and the entry will be returned by the Post Office
  • There is no minimum age for entry
  • You can submit an entry for one or more of the categories.
  • Entrants must not work for or be an elected representative of Burnley Borough Council, Burnley College or BBC Radio Lancashire
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting an entry you are confirming the work is your own.  Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog online forum or broadcast, nor winning or placed in any other competition
  • Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted
  • Your entry will not be returned so please keep a copy.  If you want confirmation we have received your postal entry, please enclose an SAE labelled ‘acknowledgement’.
  • The winner of each category will be judged by a panel of judges chosen by Burnley Council. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into, nor will judges be able to comment on individual entries. Judging will be fair and unbiased
  • Copyright of the story remains with the author but Burnley Council, Burnley College and BBC Radio Lancashire have the unrestricted right to publish or reproduce all or any part of the winning stories.

Key dates:

  • The closing date for entries will be midnight on 23 October 2017
  • Entries will be reviewed and judged November to December 2017
  • The winner will be announced in January 2018 The winner will be contacted by phone / email in January 2018.


Can I bring my children?

Yes – there’s lots of activities for children. Watch out for Jack Bookay’s crown in the programme!

How do I book?

Each event listing has a ‘Book Now’ link.  Some events are free but require a ticket, some are free and just call in, and a small number have a small charge.

Can I book tickets for more than one event?

You can book for as many events as you like.

Where do I find the venue?

For venue location please check our handy town centre map, click above, ‘Map’.  A description of each venue is listed, click above, ‘Venue’.

How can I contact the organisers?

Please click above, ‘Contact’. Fill in the form and we will come back to you very soon.

Are your venues accessible for those with disabilities?

Please check our venue listings, click above, ‘Venue’.  We have made sure our venue selection is as accessible as possible. If you have any specific requirements please click above, ‘Contact’, fill in the form and we will come back to you very soon.

Where can I park?

A link to Council parking facilities can be found here www.burnley.gov.uk/residents/streetscene/parking-and-cctv/parking

Charter Walk parking can be found here charterwalk.com/car-parking

How do I get there by Train?

Burnley town centre is a short walk from Burnley Manchester Road station. Trains travel to this station from Manchester, Blackburn, Leeds, York, Huddersfield, Hebden Bridge, Rochdale, Todmorden and more.

Burnley Central Station is also close to the town centre, and has trains services to/from Accrington, Colne, Preston and Blackpool and more. For more information about rail services visit www.northernrailway.co.uk

How do I get there by bus?

Burnley bus station is located in the town centre and is a short walk from each of the Festival venues.  For more information on the station and timetables visit www.lancashirebus.co.uk

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If you’ve got any questions that we haven’t answered here, or if you’d like to be involved in a future event  – please get in touch.