President: Mrs Lily Driver

Patrons: Les Bond, Alison Chisholm, Brian Hollingworth, Melinda Hammond, Nick Oldham

We are an association devoted to the study of Lancashire literature, history, traditions and dialect.

Important Announcement


Flash Fiction Open Competition     

Win £100

Sponsored by Langtec Ltd.Lancashire.

Manufacturers and suppliers of composite tubes and tubing for 50 years.

The competition is for a short story in exactly 100 words (excluding the title) on any theme or subject.

Entry is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Entry fee is £3 non-members and £2 members.  The closing date is 31 October 2016.

Entries may be submitted by e-mail or post.

Details, rules and entry form can be downloaded by following this link or clicking on the red Open Competition Icon below on the left:



Please do check the rules carefully and ensure that entries do comply.


Lancashire Authors’ Association is extremely grateful to Langtec for the sponsorship of this competition.  Langtec is a successful business, but also one which is keen to help and support local clubs and projects. ‘Putting something back.’


Olive Riley  Competitions’ Secretary.


Open Dialect Competition
Closing date 31st January 2017

Keeping in touch with the past

When those brave Lancashire Pals enlisted to serve their country in WW I, the majority of them would have spoken Lancashire dialect, the norm for many at that time.

Just five years earlier another group of pals, speakers and writers of the dialect, came together in Rochdale  to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Collier (pen name Tim Bobbin), the man considered to be the ‘Father of Lancashire Dialect.’ From this meeting in 1909 the Lancashire Authors’ Association was born.  Since then it has moved on and now encompasses all forms of Lancashire Literature, past and present, history and tradition.

Not many of our present members speak or write in dialect, but as it is such an important part of Lancashire history, the association is keen to continue to run a dialect competition as one of its six annual competitions. To this end, from February 1st 2016 the LAA dialect competition will be open to any one residing in the County Palatine of Lancaster and to all members. That is, anywhere that was known as Lancashire before 1974.  Or as described in the Lancashire Day Proclamation, ‘From the Furness fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish sea to the Pennines.’

The competition is for Lancashire Dialect Writing.

A piece of prose not exceeding 1500 words or a poem not exceeding 100 lines.

It must be the entrant’s own work and not previously published in any way.

The winner of the competition will receive £25 prize money and a certificate. Those placed 2nd and 3rd will receive certificates. Anyone interested please visit our Open Competition page, on this website, for details.

Olive Riley   Competitions’ Secretary

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Mrs Pauline Hutchinson

Membership Secretary

Mrs Jill McDonald-Constable


Mr Brian Foster

Competitions Secretary

Mrs Olive Riley

Publicity Officer

Mrs Rita Jones

Website Administrator

Mr Peter Jones

Minutes Secretary

Ms Maeve Fagan

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Mr Dana Nadeau

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