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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Rochdale’s literature festival feast draws the crowds

Rochdale was a place of inspiration, creativity and laughter as the annual Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival came to town this weekend with a feast of events to entertain and educate.  A record 50 performances took place over three days, covering drama, dance, music, theatre, films, visual arts and children’s events, with stage shows and […]

And the winner is…

We asked the people of Rochdale – what’s your favourite book of the last 40 years? The votes have been counted and the winner is: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Thanks to everyone that took part.

Extra seats for X-Factor Lucy’s literature festival show

Extra seats have been released for pop star Lucy Spraggan’s performance at Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival this month after fans snapped up tickets and the show on Saturday 25 October sold out. Due to demand, her 2pm performance has been moved to the main stage at Number One Riverside.  An extra 70 tickets are […]

Festival’s family fun to get children into reading

There’s an exciting events programme for children at this year’s Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival with festival organisers promising shows that will keep little ones engaged and entertained for hours! The latest addition to the programme is the Where’s Wally? hunt on Saturday 25 October. The popular kid’s character and his friends will be hiding […]

Dave Spikey set for Middleton Arena show

Double British Comedy Award Winner Dave Spikey returns to Middleton Arena this month during his brand new 2014 tour. The much loved stand up and star of the smash hit Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights appears at the arena on Friday 24 October as part of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival. He’ll be performing his […]

Festival Diary Two: We love National Poetry Day

It’s been a busy week yet again, we’ve been meeting various volunteers to help look after the festival during the three days. There’s so much a volunteer can do during the festival, varying from taking tickets, to looking after a guest, to finding out what people really thought about the event. It’s the help of […]