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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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And the winner is…

We asked the people of Rochdale – what’s your favourite book of the last 40 years? The votes have been counted and the winner is: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Thanks to everyone that took part.

Extra seats for X-Factor Lucy’s literature festival show

Extra seats have been released for pop star Lucy Spraggan’s performance at Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival this month after fans snapped up tickets and the show on Saturday 25 October sold out. Due to demand, her 2pm performance has been moved to the main stage at Number One Riverside.  An extra 70 tickets are […]

Festival’s family fun to get children into reading

There’s an exciting events programme for children at this year’s Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival with festival organisers promising shows that will keep little ones engaged and entertained for hours! The latest addition to the programme is the Where’s Wally? hunt on Saturday 25 October. The popular kid’s character and his friends will be hiding […]

Dave Spikey set for Middleton Arena show

Double British Comedy Award Winner Dave Spikey returns to Middleton Arena this month during his brand new 2014 tour. The much loved stand up and star of the smash hit Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights appears at the arena on Friday 24 October as part of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival. He’ll be performing his […]

Ghetts confirmed for Rochdale festival show

Top UK rap artist Ghetts will be performing at next month’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival. The rapper and MC, full name Justin Samuel Reginald Clarke, who’s had his music played on BBC Radio One and released his debut album Rebel With a Cause this year will be hosting his own rap writing workshop, before […]

Willy Russell confirmed as literature festival guest

Legendary dramatist, lyricist and composer Willy Russell will be amongst a host of big names at next month’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival. The much loved playwright, best known for Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita and smash hit West End musical, Blood Brothers, will be talking about his life during an ‘audience with’ show on the […]

Pop up Shop – A shop with a Pop!

Hello! And Welcome to Rochdale Literature Festival’s Pop up Shop at the Wheatsheaf Centre. New dates and times for creative workshops and events at the Pop up Shop will be added here as soon as they’re announced! The Pop up Shop was created with the idea to help community engagement in Literature and Arts. It […]

Children’s shows

Fabulous events to keep you and your children, of all ages, entertained for hours. Date: Event name: Event description: Age group: Saturday 18 October 2014 & Sunday 26 October 2014 Afrocats 1 Afrocats 2 An exciting workshop to get your heart rates jumping with African and Caribbean dance drum beats. Dance Artist Magdalen Bartlett will […]

Corrie star Jane Danson confirmed amongst headliners at Rochdale’s festival feast

Coronation Street star Jane Danson will be amongst the headline shows at this autumn’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival. The 35 year old actress, best known for playing Leanne Battersby in the ITV1 soap will be hosting a workshop at the festival in October, showing budding young actors and actresses how to develop their acting […]

Literature festival venues named

The official venues for Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been announced.  12 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 library and first floor Hollingworth […]