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Wednesday 19 October - Monday 24 October 2016

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Festival news

2017 dates confirmed

We’re back this October, and the dates for our first-ever 7 day run are now confirmed!

Crime Writers

The festival will run from Tuesday 17 to Monday 23 October with a packed week of exciting arts for all ages.

Events will cover drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows. For young people aged 14 to 25, another exciting ‘Generation Z’ programme is being put together, with plans to commission a brand new piece of work specially for the festival.

The 2017 festival will include guest speakers and writers and is aimed at celebrating and promoting the Maskew Collection of classic literature and philosophy at Rochdale Central Library, encouraging people to engage with books and ideas. Annie and Frank Maskew, a Rochdale couple who shared a passion for reading and thinking, met in Rochdale Library in the 1950s and left a sum of money to be used on resources and events related to literature and philosophy to ensure classic works are available for future generations.

We will include events at venues across the borough of Rochdale.

Authors, performers and workshops will start to be confirmed from April onwards, with tickets on sale from 10am on 7 August.

We can’t wait to see you all again!

For information about appearing at the festival or getting involved in other ways, email Rochdalelitfest@rochdale.gov.uk

Find about sponsorship opportunities.

The festival is organised by Rochdale Borough Council, funded by the Maskew Bequest, ticket sales and sponsorship.

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