Outspoken, award-winning presenter Terry Christian will be giving a sneak preview of his new show heading to this year’s Edinburgh Festival in Rossendale this weekend.

The former host of the cult TV show The Word will be bringing his autobiographical one-man show - Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic - to Ninja Coffee on Deardengate in Haslingden and Ninja Coffee at the Hill in Rawtenstall.

Terry Christian

The two Haslingden shows are at 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and the Rawtenstall shows at 8pm.

In Naked Confessions of a Recovering Catholic lifts the lid on his Catholic upbringing, his time as part of the emerging Madchester music scene and his TV and radio career.

It’s a frank, funny and fearless account of his life which isn’t for the faint hearted.

The weekend shows are the latest promotions under the later@ banner, the brainchild of Paula Greenwood who has worked in the music business for a number of years.

Having grown up in Rossendale she moved to work in both Manchester and London before recently returning to the area.

She said: “I just wanted to do something more locally so that people didn’t have to travel in to Manchester to enjoy something that bit different.”

Her two previous promotions have seen sold out shows from Tom Hingley, former frontman of Inspiral Carpets and Basil Clarke, singer with the cult Manchester band from the 1980s, Yargo.

“They both had a great time playing at such intimate venues,” said Paula. “There is something special about seeing people so close up.

“Once we have put on Terry’s four shows we are looking at taking a break over the summer and then returning in September with a programme of events.

“We’re looking at putting on some more acoustic gigs, book readings and possibly some Q&A sessions. We’re also looking at working with other small venues in the area to present something a little bit different.

“They might not even be traditional venues or be in areas around East Lancashire which don’t usually have events of this type on their doorstep.

“There is clearly an appetite for these intimate shows.

“I have worked in the music industry for many years and have got a lot of contacts which I will be calling on.

“We’re very pleased to get Terry to do some warm-up shows ahead of Edinburgh. He is a hugely entertaining character and they should be great fun.”

For details of the four shows visit www.tickettailor.com/events/later