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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Sweet success

Internationally renowned poet Simon Armitage CBE read some of his latest poetry collections at a sold-out St Chad’s Church in Rochdale for the finale of this year’s festival. Over the last eight-days hundreds of people watched top literary names that also included Louise Minchin, Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, Stuart Maconie, Dr Helen Pankhurst and Gervase […]

Women of the World – readings

So many of you have asked for the set list performed at the Women of the World event at the Curtain Theatre, so here it is…   1. M       Natural Woman               Carol King                                         Song                      USA       2. H M   Taste of Honey                 Shelagh Delaney                             Play                        Manchester       3. K         Moonwise                        Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze                         Poem                     Caribbean           4. H        At the Bay                         Katherine […]

Back and better than ever

The festival begins returns next week, bringing stars of page, stage and screen to town with 35 shows in 8 days. From Monday, 15 October 2018 until Monday, 22 October 2018, we will stage drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows, plus a Generation Z programme for 14 to 25 year olds. While over […]

Women of the World add WOW factor

Well known faces from stage and screen will be appearing at the Curtain Theatre.  On Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 2pm renowned director, actor and writer Joyce Branagh will present ‘Women of the World’ at the Milkstone Road theatre – featuring some very special guests reading classic poetry and prose on stage. These include Hannah […]

Fun events for families

There’s lots for children and families to look forward to at this year’s festival. On Saturday, 20 October 2018 at Rochdale Central Library author and storyteller Richard O’Neill presents a live interactive reading of his latest enchanting story – Polonius the Pit Pony. He’ll also read other stories, and provide tips on how to create your […]

Top UK broadcaster and writer added to line-up

Another famous name has been added to our line-up. At 7pm on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie will be sharing stories and insights from his retracing of the famous Jarrow March, as explored in his latest book Long Road from Jarrow: A Journey Through Britain Then and Now. Stuart is familiar to […]

A (short) evening with Stuart Maconie

Writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie shares stories and insights from his recent retracing of the famous Jarrow March, as explored in his latest book Long Road from Jarrow: A Journey Through Britain Then and Now. ‘Three and a half weeks. Three hundred miles. I saw roaring arterial highways and silent lanes, candlelit cathedrals and angry men […]

Young producers wanted

Are you interested in the arts, live shows and performances? Would you like to get more involved and have your voice heard? Right now we’re on the lookout for young people aged 16 to 25 to take part in a pioneering scheme that will see you attend a wide range of shows and other events, […]

Early birds go!! 25% off tickets

Tickets are now on sale, so get yours early and save money this month. All festival shows priced over £5 will be available with an Early Bird discount of 25% until 4pm on Monday, 27 August 2018. You can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale. This […]

Hidden Treasures tour

Walk like an Egyptian, right into the treasure vaults of ancient history! This magical mystery tour begins with a secret. The location (somewhere in Rochdale) will only be released 48 hours before the event, giving you just enough time to crack out your hat, whip and leather coat! You’ll be taken on a guided tour […]