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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

And finally … broadcaster joins our line-up

Another famous name is heading to the festival this autumn. Television presenter, journalist, author and national treasure John Craven will be appearing!!

John Craven.

John will be talking about his recently published autobiography, ‘Headlines and Hedgerows’, which recounts the highs and lows of one of the longest broadcast careers in history, as well as the people, family and animals in his life that have shaped it.

He is perhaps best known as the presenter and editor of the hugely popular John Craven’s Newsround, which established him as a household name spanning 2 generations. John spent 17 years with Newsround, and has since reached new audiences hosting the hugely popular BBC1 series Countryfile for almost 3 decades. His other numerous other television credits include Swap Shop, Castles in the Country, Songs of Praise, Beat The Brain, Heritage Heroes and many more.

From leaving school at 16 to 5 decades presenting 2 iconic BBC programmes, his talk at Rochdale Sixth Form College Theatre promises to be a fascinating insight into the remarkable life and career memories of one of the all-time greats. John was awarded an OBE in the millennium honours list for services to broadcasting, and in 1996 the Royal Television Society appointed him a member of its Hall of Fame in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British television.

Tickets are now on sale, with up to 25 per cent off until 4pm on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. You can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones in Rochdale.

This year there are over 30 events in 10 venues from Monday, 14 October to Monday, 21 October 2019 during the festival organised by Rochdale Borough Council, plus preview events earlier in October. (Preview events excluded from the early bird offer)

View the full line-up and book early bird tickets

Printed programmes are released later this month.

The festival is organised by us, supported by the Maskew Bequest and sponsored by creative digital media company – JGM Agency, The Royal Toby and Rochdale Sixth Form College.