Fylde writers to speak at top festival

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Two Fylde Coast authors are among the speakers at an annual literary festival in Lancashire next month.

Best-selling Spooks series writer Joseph Delaney, from Blackpool, and Lytham travel writer Alan Whelan will be giving talks at The Word festival.

The Wardstone Chronicles author, who used to teach English at Blackpool 6th Form College, has just released his latest book, Spooks – A New Darkness, and is awaiting the release of a Hollywood film of his first Spook book – Seventh Son.

Alan Whelan is best known for his motorcycle travels around Africa which have resulted in two books, African Brew Ha-Ha and Black Stars of Ghana.

The festival, complete with refreshments, takes place at the New Continental pub on Saturday, September 20 from 9.15 to 5pm.

Also appearing will be guerilla fiction writer David Gaffney with poet and flash fiction writer Sarah-Clare Conlon, who will perform short stories with an electric guitar as Les Malhearuex.

Other speakers will be Manchester-based novelist Elizabeth Baines and Warrington thriller writer Conrad Jones. Details and tickets can be had from http://the-word.org.uk/