Stars come out for book festival

TALKS by authors and workshops on everything from creative writing to book restoration will be among the highlights of the first Book Festival to be held in Chinley.

Organised by Chinley Book Group, the event will be held on Sunday April 22, to coincide with World Book Night.

The group, are inviting as many local authors, groups and organisations as possible to attend the event which will run from 10am to 5pm.

The day will have a huge variety of events and activities at Chinley Community Centre and in the nearby WI Hall with something for all ages.

The events include: guest speakers; second-hand book sales; World Book Night giver books; Library Bookchat information; poetry readings; book restoration; story time and dramatisation sessions as well as creative writing sessions.

Well-known local authors speaking at the event include: Stephen Booth, Edwina Currie, Ann Atkinson, Anne Zouroudi, Berlie Doherty and Philip Caveney.

In the Main Hall at the Community Centre there will be book signings and a sales corner, information about audio books, talking newspapers, and a display about the Dickens 200th anniversary. Entrance to the Main Hall is £1, under 16’s 50p and under fives free.

The guest speaker events, to be held in the WI Hall, are £3 per event and £1 for under 16s, under fives are free.

The workshops will all be held at the Community Centre and are £2 each, £1 for the under 16s and free for the under fives.

There will the chance to enter a variety of book-themed competitions including designing a book mark, wordsearch, guess the book cover and a fancy dress competition for those who want to go along dressed as their favourite character.

Tickets can be pre-booked, email: or phone Mandy 01663 751417 or Liz 01663 750640.

Please collect tickets for all events on the day at the main ticket desk in The Community Centre.

lFollowing the Book Festival, Chinley’s Community Cinema will be screening “Wuthering Heights” at 7pm.