Joseph Delaney announced to speak at The Word!


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joseph delaneyJoseph Delaney is the best-selling author of the young adult fantasy series The Wardstone Chronicles.  Now totaling thirteen books, the supernatural stories are set in the fictional County, which is based on Lancashire and draws on local folklore. Born in Preston, Joseph’s stories feature many places that may seem familiar to readers, such as Priestown, Caster, Chipenden and Black Pool.

His books are published in published in 24 countries and have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year. A film adaptation of the first book in the series, The Spook’s Apprentice, is currently in production by Warner Bros. The Hollywood blockbuster will be called Seventh Son and stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore. The film is due for release in February 2015.

Joseph’s story is is inspirational for all writers.  After many years of writing (and rejections) he’s achieved an extraordinary level of success!

The Wardstone Chronicles are available online on Amazon and Waterstones or why not visit your local independent bookshop, such as Ebb & Flow in Chorley


First Guest Speaker Announced – Best-selling thriller writer Conrad Jones


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conrad jonesBest-selling, self-published author Conrad Jones was born near Liverpool and now lives in Warrington. He’s published nine thrillers, a number one horror novel and two biographies – totalling over 400,000 downloads!

Following the success of his Soft Target series, Conrad’s most recent novels focus on the investigations of detective Alec Ramsey and the stories are set across the North West and North Wales. His thrillers are often inspired by historic events, such as the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Conrad will be sharing the secrets of self-publishing success, and telling us why he’s rejected offers from traditional publishers! If you want to know all the tips and tricks of marketing your own work, then you can’t afford to miss hearing Conrad speak at The Word.

You can download Conrad’s best-selling Soft Target series and the Alec Ramsey series through Amazon.

Venue: The New Continental, Preston


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This year we’ve changed location from the historic Astley Hall in Chorley to popular arts venue The New Continental in Preston.

Well respected for its live music, poetry, comedy and theatre nights, the Conti is also the spiritual home of They Eat Culture, an organisation responsible for commissioning arts & cultural events across the county.  The Conti is also well known for its real ale, annual beer festival and excellent food.  We’re really thrilled to be able to bring The Word to this terrific venue and would like to thank the Conti Team for their support.

The Word Festival will be held in the Arts Theatre on Saturday 20th September which can be accessed by walking past the bar, through the restaurant area and then round the corner to the right.  If you enter the Pub via the car park at the rear, then simply turn left as you enter.




Tickets include a hot lunch (vegetarian option will be available) and coffee/tea.  Additional drinks are available at the bar.


Free parking is available.


walking to continental

If coming by train then you will need to walk out of the train station and down Fishergate Hill.  See the map.  

Google estimates it to take 16mins but you may want to allow 30mins.  If you want a more scenic route, then walk down to the main traffic lights, turn left and then walk alongside the river on Broadgate.

Remember, the Word starts with networking at 9.15am. First speaker is at 10am.


Please check timetables.



The Word is Back!


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New Location, New Speakers & Our Biggest Event to Date…

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The Word festival is back and this year it’s bigger than ever.  Previous festivals have had fantastic feedback from all the attendees and it’s become a firm fixture in the diary for many Lancashire writers.
The Word is truly unique.  It’s not a literary festival!  It’s a day about writing, created for writers by writers – with some of the best writers from across the county and beyond as guest speakers.
The Word festival is non-profit making and all proceeds from ticket sales are used to fund the event.

WHEN’s it being held?

Saturday 20 September 2014 – 9.15am – 5pm.


The Arts Theatre at the New Continental in Preston. South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP.   Location Map –>

WHO’s booked to speak?

  • Best-selling fantasy writer Joseph Delaney will be sharing the secret of his success and the experience of having one of his 13 novels brought to the big screen by Hollywood.
  • 400,000 downloads and counting! Best-selling thriller writer Conrad Jones will be sharing his self-publishing marketing tips.
  • Micro-fiction,  music  & entertainment from Les Malhearuex (a.k.a. the legendary David Gaffney and Sarah-Clare Conlon).
  • Unthank Books founder Robin Jones will talk about the trials and tribulations of running an independent publishing house.
  • Fresh from his latest adventures around Africa, travel writer Alan Whelan will be telling us about life on a motorbike with just tea, football, and a pen for company.
  • Other writers to be announced…

WHY should I come along?

The Word festival really is the must-go-to event for Lancashire writers.  Guest speakers will be sharing their stories and their experience on the writing process as well as achieving literary success.  So, whether you’re a student, hobby-writer or a seasoned pro – the event really is unmissable.   And tickets are expected to sell out fast. As well as an exciting programme of speakers, there will also be opportunities to buy books, a book swap and plenty of time for networking. Refreshments and lunch are included.


A hot lunch (vegetarian option will be available) plus tea/coffee during the breaks are included in the ticket price.

Sounds great, HOW DO I GET A TICKET?

Tickets are available from EventBrite –> 

Be sure to book early as places will be strictly limited and previous events have sold out quickly. 

Tickets cost just £20 and include hot lunch, refreshments and access to all the seminars throughout the day. Bargain!


The Word is Gazetted


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Carol Birch Booker shortlistThe Blackpool Gazette ran a lovely piece about The Word in today’s newspaper, leading with a pic of Carol Birch from the 2011 Booker prize shortlisting.

That’s what we need – a few more writers from the Fylde Coast!

Come on over, there are still some tickets left.

The Word 2013 – the full speaker list


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All the speakers for The Word 2013 are now confirmed.

Carol Birch – Zoe Lambert – Peter Moore – Ned Hoste – Ed Christiano

We have a broader range of disciplines than last year, which should make for an enthralling day of writing, inspiration and networking in the beautiful surroundings of Astley Hall, Chorley.

Tickets here

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Ned Hoste of 2H Design for The Word


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Ned Hoste of 2H Design will be a guest presenter at The Word 2013.

The prolific book designer has produced work for Antony Sher, Margaret Forster and Danielle Steele, and has been commissioned by Random House, Chatto & Windus and Jonathan Cape.

Here at The Word we believe the best endorsement of your work is a heartfelt thank you from a client. How about this for just about the coolest testimonial you will see this week …

“To Ned, with my deep thanks for the best design of any jacket of my book.”
KIRK DOUGLAS, for his book Dance with the Devil.

Ned has a terrific website showing many of his book covers and book designs.

A Deeper Kind of Design


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ImageGraphic designer Ed Christiano will be talking at Word 2013 about the importance of a powerful and clear design for your book cover.

Originally from New York, Ed spent time working in the Hollywood film industry before building two successful design agencies: Encore Advertising & Design, and Deeper Blue.

His insightful presentation on all things design will be valuable for self-publishers and anyone concerned about author branding.

Carol Birch has the final Word


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ImageCarol Birch, author of the fabulous (and Booker shortlisted) Jamrach’s Menagerie will be joining us for this year’s Word festival, and completes our exciting 2013 line-up

Carol has written ten novels – many of which have won awards or reached long- or short-lists – and reviews fiction for the Guardian, Independent and TLS. 

Peter Moore travels to The Word


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ImageTravel author Peter Moore is the latest guest speaker to join this year’s Word festival.

The Aussie writer, blogger and editor has been around the world (no exaggeration) and recently became a member of the 100 Club – that means he’s visited more than 100 countries.

Peter has published seven travel books, which makes him well qualified to talk to The Word about non-fiction writing and the process of converting notes into compelling narratives