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Festival sees record ticket sales

This year’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival is being hailed as the best yet with record ticket sales of 1,688 and a £50,000 boost for local businesses. Ticket sales were the highest in our festival’s three-year history, with hundreds more attending un-ticketed events throughout the weekend and preview shows earlier in October. Revenue from ticket sales […]

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival 2015 video

A look back at our record breaking 2015 festival, featuring Helen Lederer, David Starkey, Dom Joly, Bill Ward, Carol Ann Duffy, Bonnie Greer, Gervase Phinn, Andy Kershaw, Lemn Sissay, Sathnam Sanghera and many more.

Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival celebrates record numbers

Record crowds turned out this weekend to watch top names including Dom Joly, Helen Lederer and David Starkey take part in Rochdale’s third annual Literature and Ideas Festival. More than 2,000 tickets were sold, the most in Rochdale Literature Festival history, with hundreds more attending unticketed events throughout the weekend and earlier in October at […]

Listen up – stage set for Rochdale’s festival feast

One of the biggest events on the borough’s cultural calendar – Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival kicks off on Friday 23 October 2015 with 3 days of workshops, music, readings, children’s shows, interviews, talks and more. Friday highlights include an evening of comedy and conversation with a performance from actress Helen Lederer. The Absolutely Fabulous […]

Spinning around the world

A live children’s theatre show featuring stars from television and stage and commissioned by Rochdale Literature and Ideas festival will premiere at Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre later this month. Produced exclusively for the Rochdale Borough Council festival –  ‘Around the World in 80 Days’  follows Phileas Fogg, Passepartout and Inspector Fix as they journey to Egypt, […]

Tickets flying for Rochdale’s festival feast

The first 1,200 tickets for this year’s Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been snapped-up but there is still time to book a place on one of the festival’s many exciting events. Sales are up 35 per cent on this time last year and organisers are urging people to buy in advance rather than risk […]

Treasure in town! Pirates and adventure for children

There’s plenty of FREE events to keep young pirates happy at this year’s festival. From Saturday 10 October local shops are taking part in a ‘Pieces of Eight – Hunt the Pirate Challenge’. Find them on the map inside the children’s programme and follow the trail around 10 shops who will be displaying the name […]

Countdown begins as programme launched

With six weeks to go, the 12-page programme for the festival has been unveiled. Now in its third year and with more than 30 events covering music, readings, children’s shows, interviews, comedy, talks and more the festival runs from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 October and aims to excite audiences of all ages. To mark […]

Children’s programme

Exciting adventures and tales to be told are waiting for you at your local library – plus classic stories of pirates (and much more!) can be found in our Junior Maskew Collection at Rochdale Central Library. If you’re not already a library member, its free to join in. Download the children’s programme (1.5MB pdf)

Literature festival venues named

The official venues for the festival have been announced. Twelve venues will be hosting more than 30 live events during the festival which includes music, readings, comedy, children’s shows, interviews, talks and more. The main festival venue will be Rochdale Central Library at Number One Riverside. The library and first floor Hollingworth Conference Suite will stage […]