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Poems, prose, pints, drama and music at Wigan Cricket Club
Thursday 5th November, 2009

Poems, prose, pints, drama and music at Wigan Cricket Club
Wigan singer Matthew Roughley will be appearing at the event

WORDS will be very much on the agenda at Wigan Cricket Club on Wednesday November 25th from 7-30pm onwards.

The Chair of Wigan’s Cultural Partnership, Mark Ashley, has organised an evening entitled: “Poems, Prose, Pints, Drama and Music.”

Mark said: “It's the first of a series of Partnership Events that we are organising during the next two years.

“The evening will feature readings of poetry, books, live drama, and live contemporary folk music.

Organised by the Cultural Partnership with invaluable help from Wigan Words Festival organiser Gillian Forrester, and local poet and wordsmith David Lythgoe, the ticket price is just £3-00: “Three quid will get you an evening of good entertainment and free food - you just buy your drinks,” said Mark.

The session will be split into four parts, with a mixture of short contributions from various local people, but people are asked to come along with their own favourite verse or reading from a book or magazine, or play or drama, and share it with everyone there.

The evening will feature contributions from local poets and Words Festival favourites including Tony Walsh, Steve Morris, drama and music from the local groups Willpower Youth Theatre and Wigan Pier Theatre Company, and music from Wigan singer-songwriter Matt Turner, Matthew Roughley, who sings with Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, and Joan Blackburn of Wigan Folk Club. There will be contributions across all age ranges and all members of the family are welcome.

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

Proceeds will go to support the Words 10 Festival in Wigan next year.

This event is the first in a series of events being planned by the Cultural Partnership to highlight and celebrate all aspects of Wigan’s cultural life, to come is a music evening in Wigan featuring local young talent at The Swinley Social Club on Monday March 29th 2010, a sports festival at Leigh Sports Village, and a childrens / family event in May next year - watch this space.

“Hope you can make it on November 25th - it will be a good antidote to the Festive Hype,” said Mark, “better still, come armed with some words to share with everybody.....”

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

Matt Turner’s new album, As The Crow Flies, was recorded at The Cattery, Wigan, in the summer, produced and mastered by Paul Bibby.

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