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Writers and War: reflecting or shaping our perceptions?

If you missed the fascinating discussion hosted by Manchester Salon on Saturday 25 October as part of our festival weekend, “Writers & War: reflecting or shaping our perceptions?” you can view it in full on YouTube. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITMIjfaxVos]

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 […]

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 […]

The Magic of Libraries

Time To Read, the North West Libraries reader development partnership, has just released this video called The Magic of Libraries It has been created to celebrate books, reading and libraries, as part of the National Libraries Day, 8 February 2014. The video contains at least 10 references to famous books.  Can you spot them all?

Rochdale’s first Literature and Ideas Festival off to flying start

The first day was brought to a dramatic end with the main festival venue, Number One Riverside transformed into a giant musical object under the watchful eye of composer and musical director Michael Betteridge. Local young musicians provided an opening fanfare, poetry readings, live music and a silent disco, using mini-recording studios in pods on […]

Festival programme unveiled

With less than two months to go, the 12 page programme for Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival has been released. Held for the first time, the festival of literature, drama, dance, music, theatre, film and visual arts runs from 25 to 27 October and aims to excite and engage audiences with over 40 events. To […]

Literature festival launches website

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival has launched its website. The festival of literature, drama, dance, music, theatre, film and visual arts runs from 25 to 27 October and aims to excite and engage audiences with a busy programme of events and a first class line up. As well as providing full details of everything that’s […]

Literature festival venues named

The official venues for the first Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been announced. Five venues will be hosting over 40 live events during the celebration of literature, drama, dance, music, theatre, film and visual arts in October. The main festival venue will be Rochdale Central Library at Number One Riverside. The new library and […]

Literature festival is up Kevin’s street

Legendary ‘Coronation Street’ actor Kevin Kennedy, best known for his role as television’s Curly Watts will be appearing at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival in October. Kevin, one of the UK’s most successful soap actors, has since become a West End star, treading the boards in the smash hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’. His […]

MOBO award-winning ‘Akala’ with ‘Doublethink’

MOBO award-winning rapper Akala has joined the line-up of headliners for the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival this autumn. Akala, whose Hip Hop Shakespeare show has enthused audiences across the globe, will be performing tracks from his album ‘Doublethink’. The performance promises to bring George Orwell’s ‘1984’ to life through hip-hop music, rapping, singing and […]

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