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News archive

Jason Manford – Work in Progress

Jason Manford is back with a work-in-progress show ahead of ‘Muddle Class’, his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter, delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

Alan Johnson – The Long and Winding Road

Labour politician, Alan Johnson, joins the festival to discuss the third volume of his award-winning memoirs.  Following on from his early life recounted in This Boy and Please, Mister Postman, The Long and Winding Road takes us to the corridors of Westminster. Orphaned at the age of 12 and brought up by his older sister, […]

Emma Dawson Varughese – Karvan

Welcome to the Karvan where you are invited to creatively map your own personal journey. Where has life taken you so far? Who have you met and what memories do you carry with you? Come and enjoy experimenting with creative materials and have a go at making a comic together. Like caravanserais of old, Karvan is a beautiful […]

From Ages to Pages – Literary walk

Join the borough’s brightest poets as they give you their impressions of some of the fantastic buildings in Rochdale town centre. From old to new, this is not a history tour but a poetry tour, showing a northern town in a different light. A short walk from Touchstones to Number One Riverside may change your […]

Mandasue Heller – Run

Mandasue Heller, one of the UK’s best-loved crime writers, discusses her 15th novel in 15 years, Run – a gritty, fast-paced, urban thriller based in Manchester’s criminal underworld. After being cheated on by her ex, Leanne Riley is trying her hardest to get her life back on track, which isn’t easy without a job, and […]

Edgeways – The Reading Room

Have you ever thought that you could make your life story into a book? Autobiography does not have to be just the life-stories of the famous. Everybody has a story to tell and we all have something to say. This workshop will help you find the key stories and experiences in your own life and […]

Mick Martin – It’s in the Blood

We are proud to showcase Mick Martin’s brand new play exploring the people’s abiding love affair with our great northern game – rugby league. Stories drawn from players and fans alike celebrate its enduring appeal in terms of family and community. Births, deaths, the stuff of life all lived in relation to the game and […]

The Whole Kahani – Love Across a Broken Map

The Whole Kahani (The Complete Story), is a collective of British fiction writers of South Asian origin. The group was formed in 2011 to provide a creative perspective that straddles cultures and boundaries, both emotional and geographical. Its aim is to give a new voice to old stories and increase the visibility of South Asian […]

Community Arts North West – Hidden Tales

An afternoon of spoken word, music and film brought to you by the Petrus Community, Rochdale’s largest homelessness charity, and hosted by Mancunian poet, Mike Garry. Expect unique wit, dark humour and honest narratives inspired by stories of change and overcoming adversity – from learning to manage adult ADHD to recovering from alcohol addiction. Don’t miss […]

An evening with Sir Michael Parkinson CBE

We celebrate the life and career of a man who, during more than 50 years in the business, has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries and won awards for journalism, radio and television broadcasting. In conversation with his son, Mike, and showing highlights from the Parkinson […]