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Sweet success

Internationally renowned poet Simon Armitage CBE read some of his latest poetry collections at a sold-out St Chad’s Church in Rochdale for the finale of this year’s festival. Over the last eight-days hundreds of people watched top literary names that also included Louise Minchin, Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, Stuart Maconie, Dr Helen Pankhurst and Gervase […]

Women of the World – readings

So many of you have asked for the set list performed at the Women of the World event at the Curtain Theatre, so here it is…   1. M       Natural Woman               Carol King                                         Song                      USA       2. H M   Taste of Honey                 Shelagh Delaney                             Play                        Manchester       3. K         Moonwise                        Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze                         Poem                     Caribbean           4. H        At the Bay                         Katherine […]

Back and better than ever

The festival begins returns next week, bringing stars of page, stage and screen to town with 35 shows in 8 days. From Monday, 15 October 2018 until Monday, 22 October 2018, we will stage drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows, plus a Generation Z programme for 14 to 25 year olds. While over […]

Women of the World add WOW factor

Well known faces from stage and screen will be appearing at the Curtain Theatre.  On Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 2pm renowned director, actor and writer Joyce Branagh will present ‘Women of the World’ at the Milkstone Road theatre – featuring some very special guests reading classic poetry and prose on stage. These include Hannah […]

Fun events for families

There’s lots for children and families to look forward to at this year’s festival. On Saturday, 20 October 2018 at Rochdale Central Library author and storyteller Richard O’Neill presents a live interactive reading of his latest enchanting story – Polonius the Pit Pony. He’ll also read other stories, and provide tips on how to create your […]