Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Jessie Burton in Conversation

Monday 16th September, 7.30pm

St Michael’s High School

Jessie Burton, author of million-selling book The Miniaturist, is coming back to Chorley to talk about her latest novel, The Confession.


One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.
Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie’s imposing house in search of a confession . . .
From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

Venue: St Michael’s High School, Main Hall. Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Tickets: £10 (redeemable against book purchase) available from the bookshop (no booking fee) or Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jessie-burton-in-conversation-the-confession-tickets-68642881707

Author Mary Paulson-Ellis – The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing

Tuesday 3rd September, 7.30pm at Chorley Library

We’re pleased to be bringing another bestselling author to Chorley Library!
Mary Paulson-Ellis, author of The Other Mrs Walker, will be talking about her new novel, answering questions and signing books. “I like to write about what I call the ‘murderous’ side of family life – the dark, the quirky and the strange.”

Solomon knew that he had one advantage. A pawn ticket belonging to a dead man tucked into his top pocket – the only clue to the truth.
An old soldier dies alone in his Edinburgh nursing home. No known relatives, and no Will to enact. Just a pawn ticket found amongst his belongings, and fifty thousand pounds in used notes sewn into the lining of his burial suit.
Heir Hunter, Solomon Farthing – down on his luck, until, perhaps, now – is tipped off on this unexplained fortune. Armed with only the deceased’s name and the crumpled pawn ticket, he must find the dead man’s closest living relative if he is to get a cut of this much-needed cash.
But in trawling through the deceased’s family tree, Solomon uncovers a mystery that goes back to 1918 and a group of eleven soldiers abandoned in a farmhouse billet in France in the weeks leading up to the armistice.
Set between contemporary Edinburgh and the final brutal days of the First World War as the soldiers await their orders, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing shows us how the debts of the present can never be settled unless those of the past have been paid first . . .


Tickets £6 (drink on entry & £5 redeemable against book)available from ebb & flo bookshop (no booking fee) or online at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/author-mary-paulson-ellis-the-inheritance-of-solomon-farthing-tickets-68633226829

Doors 7pm for a 7.30 start.

Space Chase Storytelling with John Kirk

Friday 23rd August, 1.30-2.30

Join storyteller John Kirk as he blasts through a trio of out of this world stories. In Jonathan Emmett’s Bringing Down the Moon, Mole tries to reach the beautiful moon but soon learns that it’s not as near as it looks. In Simon James’ The Boy from Mars, a Martian comes to stay at Stanley’s house whilst his Mum is away and gets Stanley into trouble. Chorley’s own poet in residence, Dom Conlon reveals the story behind the nursery rhyme in Why the Cow Jumped Over the Moon.

We’re thrilled that John is visiting his home town from London – here’s just one of his reviews –
Don’t miss John Kirk’s genius storytelling. He’s brilliant! John Kirk brings stories to life in an amazing way and encourages children’s reading, writing and listening skills. Jeremy Strong, author of The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog

Booking strongly advised due to limited space. Tickets available from ebb & flo bookshop.
£3.50 per child (50p sibling discount)
Suitable for 3+
Venue: ebb & flo bookshop, upstairs room

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Totally Locally Chorley Trail

5-17 August

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of children’s classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Totally Locally Chorley are running their own Bear Hunt around the town centre!

Pick up your free Hunt list between 5th – 17th August from ebb & flo bookshop on Gillibrand St and set off to find 10 Bears with clues lurking in TLC businesses. Return your completed list to the bookshop to collect Bear Hunt prizes & enter the prize draw for a special Bear Hunt prize!

Summer Storyteller – Chocolate Cake

Thursday 29 August, 11-12

Super Storyteller Mrs Stanley is coming back to the bookshop (hooray!) to tell her own special version of the wonderful Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake. There will be storytelling and singing and lots of fun! Guaranteed enjoyment!
Tickets – £3.50 per child (50p sibling discount) available from the bookshop. Please note: we advise advance booking as numbers are limited due to space restrictions. Venue: upstairs at the bookshop.
Suitable for children 5+

Summer Storyteller – The Reluctant Dragon

Thursday 22 August, 11-12

Super Storyteller Mrs Stanley is coming back to the bookshop (hooray!) to tell her own special version of Kenneth Graham’s The Reluctant Dragon. There will be storytelling and singing and lots of fun! Guaranteed enjoyment!
Tickets – £3.50 per child (50p sibling discount) available from the bookshop. Please note: we advise advance booking as numbers are limited due to space restrictions. Venue: upstairs at the bookshop.
Suitable for children 5+