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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

Early bird tickets released

Tickets are now on sale, with up to 25% off, so we’re urging book fans, literature lovers and culture vultures to book early and save money this month.

Konnie Huq.

Book tickets for 2 or more shows and you’ll get an early bird discount until 4pm on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. You can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones Rochdale. Early birds get the following discounts:

  • 10% off if booking 2 events
  • 15% off if booking 3 events
  • 20% off if booking 4 events
  • 25 % off if booking 5 or more events

This year there are over 30 events in 10 venues from Monday, 14 October to Monday, 21 October 2019 during the festival organised by Rochdale Borough Council, plus preview events earlier in October. Please note that preview events are excluded from the early bird offer.

Shows announced this week include Gogglebox star the Reverend Kate Bottley, who will be talking about her road to faith and philosophy on life. Children’s author and television presenter Konnie Huq will present her family science show and international bestselling crime author and poet Sophie Hannah will be talking about her work.

Sophie Hannah.

The festival also features the previously announced feel-good fiction writer Milly Johnson, blogger, author and activist Erin Ekins, popular children’s authors Harry Heape and Hannah Lee, as well as award winning illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill.

Reverend Kate Bottley.

The festival is aimed at celebrating and promoting the Maskew Collection of classic literature and philosophy at Rochdale Central Library, encouraging people to engage with books and ideas. Annie and Frank Maskew, a Rochdale couple who shared a passion for reading and thinking, met in Rochdale Library in the 1950s and left a sum of money to be used on resources and events related to literature and philosophy to ensure classic works are available for future generations.

The festival is organised by us, supported by the Maskew Bequest and sponsored by creative digital media company JGM Agency (external link), The Royal Toby (external link) and Rochdale Sixth Form College (external link).