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Shahida Dolan meets Steve Bewick

All across the arts met with visual artist Shahida Dolan (currently exhibiting in The People’s Art exhibition, Touchstones), in her temporary studio which was filled with natural light and benefited from inspirational views of open playing fields of a local school, the sounds of children playing, and a bright blue sky. I say temporary as […]

Punam Ramchurn meets Steve Cooke

“What is unique about Rochdale,” says our new Literature and Ideas Festival Director, “is a fluidity of co-operation.” Giving all across the arts her first interview since starting her new job Punam Ramchurn is buzzing with enthusiasm about Rochdale and her new role with the Library Services. “Last year’s Festival was a fabulous platform for […]

Corrie star Jane Danson confirmed amongst headliners at Rochdale’s festival feast

Coronation Street star Jane Danson will be amongst the headline shows at this autumn’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival. The 35 year old actress, best known for playing Leanne Battersby in the ITV1 soap will be hosting a workshop at the festival in October, showing budding young actors and actresses how to develop their acting […]

Literature festival venues named

The official venues for Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been announced.  12 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 library and first floor Hollingworth […]