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Thursday 15th October, 2009

CALLING all culture vultures.

The first in a series of events to celebrate Wigan’s cultural life is being held at Wigan Cricket Club on Wednesday November 25.

Organised by the chairman of Wigan’s Cultural Partnership, Mark Ashley, the evening promises poems, prose, drama and music.

Mark said: “It's the first of my ‘Chair's Events’ that I have committed myself to organising during the time I'm in the hot seat.

“The evening will feature readings of people’s favourite poetry, books, live drama, and live contemporary folk music.”

Organised by Mark with support from Wigan Words Festival organiser Gillian Forrester and local poet and wordsmith David Lythgoe, the evening will feature contributions from local poets and Words Festival favourites including Tony Walsh and Steve Morris.

There will also be drama and music from the local groups Willpower Youth Theatre and Wigan Pier Theatre Company. Wigan singer-songwriter Mat Turner, Joan Blackburn of Wigan Folk Club and Matthew Roughley, who sings with Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, will also be performing.

Compere for the evening is well-known Wigan raconteur, rugby player and now referee, Malcolm Holland of Scholes. There’ll also be opportunity for members of the public to read out their own or their favourite poetry.

Proceeds will go to support the Words 2010 Literary Festival in Wigan.

Tickets are just £3 and the evening starts at 7.30pm.

Mark added: “There will be time between sessions to socialise and fill your glasses - it's meant to be an informal and sociable evening.”

This event is the first in a series being planned by Standish businessman Mark Ashley to highlight and celebrate all aspects of Wigan’s cultural life.

A sports festival is also being planned at Leigh Sports Village, a music evening in Wigan featuring local young talent at The Swinley Social Club and a children’s / family event in May next year.

Formed in 1999, the Cultural Partnership is a body made up of individuals from the public, private and voluntary sector dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and communities by increasing the accessibility of cultural resources and developing recreational facilities across Wigan Borough.

Tickets available on the door or contact Gillian Forrester on 01942 486 921 or email g.forrester@wlct.org.

More information about the work of Wigan’s Cultural Partnership on www.wlct.org/Culture/cultpart/cultpart.htm

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