AFTER the success of Harold Heys’ Darren & Darreners, People and Places, it’s Matt Donnelly’s chance to shine in the Heritage Centre’s new book spotlight!

 Matt is getting set to launch his new book, ‘Surviving Lockdown. My photo journey through the pandemic’ on Saturday, November 27th, 12 noon – 2.30pm. Please note that the date has changed.

There are few people better than Matt at casting an expert eye over the moorland around Darwen, taking it all in at a glance. Matt, and his camera, miss nothing and in this book he is more than happy to share his experiences.

He talks about the many people he has come across on his dawn travels. He captures their shared enthusiasm for the early morning with an easy style that would do justice to an experienced travel writer. The photos are often breathtaking.

The book is priced at £15 and, thanks to support from the WM and BW Lloyd Charity, every penny in sales will go to the East Lancs Hospice.

Said Matt: “I don’t think I learnt much at school, but I did develop some lasting friendships and a keen interest in the vast array of wild life that you can find up on the moors in all kinds of weather. Every morning is different, every walk has a new pace and emphasis.”

If you missed out on buying a copy of Harold Hey’s book ‘Darren & Darreners’ there is a reprint of about 100 copies being organised – in plenty of time for Christmas. There are already orders for more than 50 of the extra copies but if you would like to order a copy please get in touch with Darwen Heritage Centre and we will pass on your details or get in touch with Harold Heys directly.

 You can also have a look around the Heritage Centre at all the exhibitions and visit our shop.

We will have a new book by one of our trustees, Anne Hull, ‘A Short History of Darwen’ on sale as well as Christmas cards, Darwen Heritage Centre mugs and other Darwen related books.

All proceeds from the shop go to help Darwen Heritage Centre stay open.