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Launch events revealed for anthology of short stories which celebrate Lancashire

A new anthology of short stories with a connection to Lancashire is set to be launched with five exciting free events across the region.

Next week, 12,000 copies of a new book 'Lancashire Stories' will be distributed for free across the county.

Printed with help from UCLan Publishing, the book will be given away at libraries, museums and Lancashire Archives.

An exclusive eBook version will also be available on BorrowBox, with five additional stories - after Lancashire Day on Sunday (Nov 27)

Lancashire County Council commissioned 17 talented, professional authors to write 'Lancashire Stories', which delves into the area's people, places, heritage and mythology.

Starting from Tuesday, (November 29)the book will be launched with a series of free events in Preston, Lancaster, Burnley, Blackburn and Blackpool.

At each event, there will be at least three of the participating authors present to talk about the project and read from their story.

These will be held, all at 7pm:

  • Preston Launch (Lancashire Archives) on Tuesday, November 29
  • Lancaster Launch (Lancaster Castle) on Wednesday, November 30
  • Blackburn Launch (Blackburn Library) on Thursday, December 1
  • Blackpool Launch (Blackpool Library) on Tuesday, December 6
  • Burnley Launch (Burnley Library) on Wednesday, December 7

Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "This collection of stories is a wonderful way to celebrate Lancashire.

"They have been created by an exceptional group of talented authors and there is something for everyone.

"There are stories that bring to life past generations and stories set in the future which relate to the places we recognise today.  What a great way to spend an afternoon, immersed in a free book."

Tickets for these events are available from Eventbrite.

There is also more information available from

Notes to editors

Editor's notes: Lancashire Stories is funded by Arts Council England's Project Grant fund, as well as match funding from Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council.

The authors involved are: Libby Ashworth; Yvonne Battle-Felton; Antonia Charlesworth Stack; Michael Davies; David Hartley; Iqbal Hussain; Peter Kalu; Naomi Kruger; Ines Labarta; Nathan Parker

Sarah Schofield and Neil White, as well as eBook exclusive authors: Sarah-Clare Conlon; Robert Bullock; Susan Evans; Beverley Adams and Eve Ainsworth.

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