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Monday 15 October - Monday 22 October 2018

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Festival news

25% off Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival tickets

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Monday 7 August with 25% off, so get yours early and save money!

All festival shows priced over £5 will be available with an Early Bird discount of 25% until 4pm on 31 August 2017. From Tuesday 8 August 2017 you can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale.

This year there are nearly 40 events in 13 venues from 17 to 23 October 2017 plus preview events from September 2017.

Performances announced this week include ‘Thrills and Quills: Jane Austen’s Life in Letters’ – a new comedy by award winning national theatre company LipService, taking a look at communications from the quill pen to snapchat, and considering what words Jane could have conjured up with a Twitter account.  Best-selling author Rosie Goodwin will be discussing her latest novel ‘Mothering Sunday’ as part of a delicious afternoon tea event at the town hall.  And internationally acclaimed writers’ collective ‘The Whole Kahani’, featuring Mona Dash, Catherine Memon and Reshma Ruia, will be discussing ‘Love Across a Broken Map’ – their short story collection.

Mona Dash

The festival also features the previously announced talk show legend Sir Michael Parkinson, comedian and novelist Jenny Eclair and Manchester poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella, former hostage Terry Waite CBE, former Home Secretary and Labour MP Alan Johnson and Sunday Times top-ten bestselling crime writer Mandasue Heller.

Events will cover drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows. For young people aged 14 to 25, another ‘Generation Z’ programme is being put together.

Councillor Janet Emsley Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture at Rochdale Borough Council said:

“Last year we sold over 3,200 tickets and our Early Bird offer was very popular, so once again we are encouraging people to book early, with hundreds of tickets reduced until 31 August.  We have another intriguing and interesting programme – an amazing combination of international names, theatre, comedy, poetry, workshops and more, with everything from global stories to afternoon tea with one of our top authors.”

For the full line-up and to book Early Bird tickets from 10am on 7 August 2017.

The festival is organised by Rochdale Borough Council, supported by the Maskew Bequest and sponsored by The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre and creative digital media company – JGM Agency.

For children and families there’s also a secret agent themed programme of events.