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Literature festival launches website

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival has launched its website. The festival of literature, drama, dance, music, theatre, film and visual arts runs from 25 to 27 October and aims to excite and engage audiences with a busy programme of events and a first class line up. As well as providing full details of everything that’s […]

Literature festival venues named

The official venues for the first Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been announced. Five venues will be hosting over 40 live events during the celebration of literature, drama, dance, music, theatre, film and visual arts in October. The main festival venue will be Rochdale Central Library at Number One Riverside. The new library and […]

Literature festival is up Kevin’s street

Legendary ‘Coronation Street’ actor Kevin Kennedy, best known for his role as television’s Curly Watts will be appearing at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival in October. Kevin, one of the UK’s most successful soap actors, has since become a West End star, treading the boards in the smash hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’. His […]

MOBO award-winning ‘Akala’ with ‘Doublethink’

MOBO award-winning rapper Akala has joined the line-up of headliners for the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival this autumn. Akala, whose Hip Hop Shakespeare show has enthused audiences across the globe, will be performing tracks from his album ‘Doublethink’. The performance promises to bring George Orwell’s ‘1984’ to life through hip-hop music, rapping, singing and […]

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy confirmed

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be among the big names taking part in the first Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival this autumn. The 3 day event announced last month will feature Carol Ann reading some of her most famous work, accompanied by musician John Sampson and a book signing by the celebrated poet who […]

Poet Simon Armitage joins Rochdale’s festival feast

Internationally acclaimed poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage CBE has been added to the growing line up for the first Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival this autumn. The BAFTA award winner will be reading extracts from his book ‘Walking Home’ describing the trip he took along the famous Pennine Way. He’ll also be reading some […]

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