Fiction fans flock to UCLan for book launch

4 November 2019

UCLan Publishing has worked with author A J Hartley on his new novel

The sequel of a bestselling book which has been published by University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been launched.

Author and Prestonian A J Hartley unveiled Written Stone Lane, which follows on from the bestseller Cold Bath Street, in front of a captivated audience of fiction fans in UCLan’s Harrington Lecture Theatre. 

The UCLan Honorary Fellow took part in a discussion about his new work, which is set in 1970s Preston. The book features local ghost stories and locations, including the old Booths Café, Fishergate, Preston Bus Station, the Wellington Pub and many more.

A J, who also signed copies of his books, was joined at the event by Preston born Joe Delaney, author of the Spooks series.

Written Stone Lane and Cold Bath Street have both been published by UCLan Publishing, the University’s award-winning publishing house run by students and graduates. Recently it won the Independent Publisher of the Year (Newcomer) and The Times Higher award for Innovation in the Arts.

Hazel Holmes, from UCLan Publishing, said: “The event went really well and we're overwhelmed by the local support for these books and our Publishing House.

“There are no plans for a third book at the moment but there is talk about a special edition of Written Stone Lane in time for Christmas. Watch this space!”