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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

40% off tickets until 31 August 2015

Book early for Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, and make a big saving. We have released tickets for all festival shows with 40% off until 4pm on 31 August.

A special ‘Early Bird’ discount has been applied, so tickets booked online now or in person from Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre (from 19 August) have 40% off until the end of this month.

There are more than 30 events in 12 venues over 3 days from 23 to 25 October 2015.

Dom Joly

Acts announced this week include comedian Dom Joly – who shot to fame with his anarchic hidden-camera show ‘Trigger Happy TV’. He’ll be talking about his life and his new book ‘Here Comes the Clown’ – his bizarre and hilarious memoir.


Rochdale born Andy Kershaw will present his acclaimed one man show, about his journey from being Billy Bragg’s roadie to presenting Live Aid to 400 million people. His audio visual show will feature recollections of a life on the front lines of rock and roll and in some of the world’s most dangerous countries.

The festival will also feature the previously announced comedian/actor Helen Lederer, and author/poet Gervase Phinn alongside ‘Emmerdale’ star and photographer Bill Ward. There will be appearances from the Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, television historian David Starkey CBE, playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer OBE plus poet Lemn Sissay.


Under the theme ‘expand your mind’ – the programme covers workshops, music, readings, children’s shows, interviews, talks and more from other guests including television scriptwriter Jonathan Harvey, playwright Ian Townsend, artist Jim Medway, poet Andrew McMillan, plus authors Frances Brody, SF Said and Sathnam Sanghera.

There’s also a full programme of events for children and families themed ‘Pirate Adventures.’

For the full line-up and to book Early Bird tickets see the What’s on page.

Councillor Daalat Ali, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community at Rochdale Borough Council said:

“This festival promises to bring people together to enjoy a really intriguing and interesting programme. We have a great combination of international names and local talent. Not only is it a fantastic line-up, but with hundreds of tickets now reduced until 31 August, I encourage people to book early.”