Get your creative juices flowing at Burnley’s Literary Festival

Fancy yourself as a writer or a creative comic? – take advantage of free creative writing and comic workshops – your writing could win you a signed Jack Vettriano print

The countdown is on to Burnley’s first ever Literary Festival – a ten day festival, over the half term period, between the 29th October and 7th November, with events taking place across Burney Town Centre.


If you fancy yourself as a writer or getting into writing, or creating a comic book tale there are several creative writing workshops and a creative comic workshop to help you get your creative juices flowing.


Enjoy a coffee and a cake whilst learning writing tips and skills at the Free CREATIVE COFFEE AND CAKES WORKSHOP on Tuesday 1st November, which takes place from noon to 2 pm at The Paddock in Burnley Town Centre, or the Creative Comic Workshop which will be held on Monday 31st October 13.00 to 15.00.


There’s a chance to win a signed Jack Vettriano print worth £150 which the organisers, Burnley Council, are excited to have had donated as a creative writing prize.


Bestselling authors and poets will be holding readings & creative workshops throughout the week, and dramatic theatre performances including Burnley Youth Theatre’s Once Around the Sun will bring well known and new stories to life. There’s also a wonderful Ghost Walk with award winning actress and story teller Ursula Holden Gill, and Friday 4th November will be a dedicated Roald Dahl Day with some amazing events celebrating his works.


Burnley Town Centre will come alive with colourful literary characters over the 10 day festival. and the packed festival programme has something for everyone, adults and children alike ~ fact, fiction, fantasy, crime, history, ghosts, comedy and more’.


The festival opens on Saturday 29th October at 11am at Burnley Library with an event hosted by BBC Radio Lancashire’s Graham Liver, In Conversation with Sheena Byrom OBE.  Sheena was one of the UK’s first consultant midwives, and they will be discussing her life, work and bestselling books.

Hundreds of donated books will also be available to read throughout the literary festival from the Reading Room in Charter Walk and through the ‘Books on a Bench’ Book Exchange which will see boxes packed with books available on benches in the town centre for people to read and swap.


To find out more about all the events taking place throughout the week and to book on to this  or any of the other workshops, readings, theatre performances visit www.burnleyliteraryfestival.co.uk or call 01282 425011 Ext 3147. Selected sessions are available to book through Mechanics box office.


Town Centre Manager, Catherine Price said:  “The Literary Festival is the first of its kind in Burnley being organised by Burnley Borough Council, with the support of Arts Council funding, McDonalds sponsorship, and  town centre partners.  The event is aimed at supporting and showcasing the arts and literary talent in Burnley and the surrounding area and also supporting the town centre, with all the venues being located in Burnley town centre.

“We are delighted with the response so far with lots of people booking on to the events throughout the week. Schools and pupils have also had an extra opportunity to be involved through taking part in a literary Game of Consequences.  The work of schools will be displayed in the Reading Lounge for people to view and choose their favourite’.

“The Festival is set to be a wonderful literary showcase and the town centre will be alive with literary themed events for everyone to enjoy.  “.

You can pop into Burnley Mechanics Theatre, Burnley Central Library and other Literary Festival venues to pick up a programme


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Image: Left to Right: Burnley’s Brand Manager, Amber Corns, with Catherine Price, Burnley Town Centre Manager