Lancaster author at literary festival

Author Carol Birch.
Author Carol Birch.

Booker Prize shortlisted author Carol Birch from Lancaster is a presenter at a one-day literary festival in Lancashire this month.

The Word festival, set to take place at 16th Century manor house Astley Hall, will also feature top short story writer Zoe Lambert, author of the acclaimed War Tour.

Carol’s stunning historical novel, Jamrach’s Menagerie, was listed for the Booker and made the finals of the Orange Prize.

Organiser Alan Whelan said: “This is our second festival. Last year’s was a sell out and got rave reviews from the people who attended.

“We had a writing project on the day in which everyone could take part and which we later published. We will be doing the same this year too.”

Also on the bill are freewheeling travel writer Peter Moore plus two book designers - Ned Hoste, who produced covers for writers from Jack Higgins to Danielle Steel and Ed Christano who runs the marketing firm Deeper Blue.

The one-day event is aimed at fiction and non-fiction writers, ghost-writers and journalists and anyone who wants to learn more about how to write, and takes place in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

The Word will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Visit for full details.