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from Sid Calderbank

A Word from Our President

A Happy New Year to all our members and friends of the Lancashire Authors’ Association and welcome to 2023. After two years in the doldrums let’s hope that we can finally shake off the misery that has been Covid-19 with all its deaths, illness, heartache and restrictive lockdowns and get back to enjoying each other’s company at live events.

In my own field of delivering talks and entertainment on a Lancashire theme, I have noticed this year a gradual but steady increase in enquiries and bookings as social groups return to regular meetings. Still not at the level we were two years ago but it’s a start. As the song says, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone”, and I shall never again complain about being heckled by the audience.

Among the events that fell foul of Covid restrictions was the transfer of ownership of the Lancashire Authors’ Association library collection to the University of Bolton. Over 2,000 documents and volumes, assembled by our members over the last 100 years, should have been moved to its new home amid fireworks and fanfares. Instead, the deed was accomplished by a couple of officers from each organisation in a closed room. There should at least have been a song. Olive and I attended a small meeting on January 18th with a view to rekindling interest in having an official “launch party” and using the books to promote the LAA and Lancashire’s literary heritage. It is, after all, what we’re here for. We’ll let you know how we get on….

On a more positive note, one of the best things I’ve seen in the last few years has been our Lancashire Writers of Today, an anthology of the annual competition winners for 2022, produced for us by Chapeltown Books. Every member should have received a copy and it should become a regular feature along with your newsletters.



Sid has just featured in our latest Podcast. You can listen to it here.



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