Past Events

An afternoon of poetry: Dean Fraser – The Quantum Poet

Posted on: July 13th, 2017 by admin

Date: 19 July 2017 at 2.00 pm
Venue: St Annes Library
Cost: free

Dean Fraser – The Quantum Poet will be performing at St Annes Library on Wednesday 19 July at 2.00 pm. Dean is a performance poet and author of poetry collections: Beyond Poetry; The Cheshire Poems; The Lancashire Poems; The Mind, Body & Soul Poems; and Travels With My Notebook & Pen. He also presents the radio show Beyond Poetry.

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Refreshments will be on sale.

Lightning Under Their Skirts – a play by Joy winkler

Posted on: May 27th, 2017 by admin

St Annes Library, Thursday 11 May 2017 at 7.00 pm

Gary wants to borrow five-bob from his sister so he can go dancing down the Town Baths. Gary wants her to iron his trousers – because no-one puts a crease in like she does. Gary wants Keith’s bird, but gets in a fight, loses, then asks the nurse putting in the stitches to make sure it leaves a scar.

This bright, beautiful, funny play by former Cheshire Poet Laureate, Joy Winkler, is about one age becoming another, about the monochrome 50s being pushed aside by a bright new world. Lightning Under their Skirts offers a night of Babycham and liberation, of dancing… and also the world’s best music ever written.

A Storm In The North production, in association with Action Transport Theatre.

Suitable for age 11+

Alex Hulme with Ben Paveley concert

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 by admin

Alex Hulme and Ben Paveley will be performing at St Annes Library on 21 April at 7.00 pm. This will be an evening of original music from two  up and coming ‘Neu Folk’ singer/songwriters.

Tickets are £3 per person, available in advance or pay on the door.

The Churchfitters – Folk Unlimited

Posted on: March 5th, 2017 by admin

When: Thursday 23 March at 7.00 pm

Where: St Annes LIbrary

Cost: £7 per person (£5 concessions). Includes refreshments sponsored by the FRiends of St Annes Library (FOSAL). Available from the library or reserve by emailing


The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, stand up dustbin bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades.

Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls them ‘totally brilliant and beautiful’.


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Talk the Walk – from the French Pyrenees to Blackpool.

Posted on: August 8th, 2016 by admin

When: Friday 29 July 2016 at 7.00 pm

Where: St Annes Library

Cost: Free. Donation for Pancreatic Cancer  Research (includes refreshments)


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For his 70th birthday, Vic Heaney set up a project which had him walking 14,500 kms to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. For his 80th birthday a new project will have hime writing, talking, signing and seeking donations towards his target of £8,000 for the same cause.

The author of two books, Living in the Real Cyprus and Vic’s Big Walk, from SE France to NW England, Vic will share his adventures of traversing large distances by foot.

Free tickets are available from St Annes Library or on the door.

Vic also writes a bog which can be accessed here.

Murder Mystery: cruise ship sails into St Annes Library!

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 by admin

When: Saturday 2 July 2016 at 7.00 pm

Where: St Annes Library

Cost: £5 per ticket; £4 for members (includes refreshments)



Once again we are hosting a murder mystery play by the Windmill Players. This has become on of our most popular annual events attracting large audiences of locals and visitors alike.

The title this year is Death on the SS Amounderness and the action centres around a cruise ship, its passengers and crew. There are many ways to commit a murder on a ship, so which will it be? And where can the perpetrator hide?

Tickets are on sale in the library – or pay on the door.

Keeping Our Beaches Clean: talk by the St Annes Beach Clean Team

Posted on: March 24th, 2016 by admin



When: 5 April 2016 at 2.00 pm
Where: St Annes Library
Cost: Free

Have you ever wondered how St Annes keeps its beaches so clean? As well as local council services, our lovely beaches are kept litter free by a group of dedicated volunteers. Come along and hear all about them!





Meet the Author: Philip Caine, 11 March, 2.00 pm

Posted on: March 6th, 2016 by admin

When: Friday 11 March at 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Where: St Annes Library

Cost: £3; £2.50 for FOSAL members


Come along and meet local author Philip Caine and chat to him about his book Picnic in Iraq.

Philip has over 35 years’ experience, operating  projects across three continents, within the Oil & Gas Industry, providing support in facilitates &  project management, in remote and hazardous locations.

The end of the Iraq War in 2003, took Philip to Baghdad, where he directed the operations and project management, of multiple accommodation bases for the American Military. A challenging, hazardous & demanding location  that required him  to provide and deliver full support for over 30,000 troops, over nine separate  locations,  throughout Baghdad and Northern Iraq; a prioject that lasted almost seven years.

Philip, semi-retired in 2014 and began writing his first novel Picnic in Iraq in February 2015. He is currently working on a sequel.

You can read more about Philip and his writing here.



Author event at St Annes Library – Andrew Michael Hurley

Posted on: December 4th, 2015 by admin

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What: Author talk
Who: Andrew Michael Hurley
Where: St Annes Library
When: Friday 20 November 2015
Cost: £3, includes refreshments


Andrew Michael Hurley used to be one of the managers at Kirkham Library before he left to pursue his writing career. His debut novel ‘The Loney’ has been published to great acclaim- there are many outstanding reviews in the national newspapers which you can view online, and he’s even had a review from Stephen King himself! The film rights have also been bought, so we can expect to see it on the big screen in the future.

We are delighted to announce that we have arranged for Andrew to come along to talk to us about his book and writing at St Annes Library on 20 November at 7.00 pm. Tickets are £3 each, including refreshments.

Please do come along and please tell your friends about the event. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see a new novelist as his career is really taking off. Tickets can be purchased from the Library, Tel:  01253 643900.

FOSAL AGM and Gardening Talk

Posted on: November 5th, 2015 by admin



When: 12 November 2015 at 7.00 pm

Where: St Annes Library

Our AGM will be held on Thursday 12 November in St Annes Library.

The short meeting will be followed by a talk – Gardening in the Fylde, by Fiona Boismaison, gardener and newly elected Chair of St Annes In Bloom.

The event is open to all. Please do come along and find out more about the Friends of the Library, and get some expert gardening tips!

Free admission.