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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

Festival First – getting on board for our literature feast

First Manchester is encouraging literature lovers to ditch their cars and travel to this month’s festival, by bus.

Councillor Janey Emsley

With the increased use of customers using mobile phones on board the buses, First Manchester is also reminding customers that tickets can be purchased via their mobile Ticket App.

Dwayne Wells, commercial development manager from First Manchester, said:

“We’re pleased to be part of one of Rochdale’s most prestigious events again this year. At First Manchester we aim to support our local communities, and Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival provides the perfect platform to promote reading and learning, offering something for all ages and tastes.”

“We’d also like to remind customers to travel safely during the festival and to take advantage of the bus services on offer. There are also lots of ways to purchase your tickets for bus travel in advance, including the mobile Ticket App. For anyone who hasn’t used this already, it’s easy to use, and is available for free via the App Store and Google Play. We look forward to welcoming customers and visitors to Rochdale, on board our services, during the festival.”

It’s the second year the company has supported the festival, which this month features guests including actor Simon Callow, political commentator and journalist Owen Jones, former Downing Street director of communications Alastair Campbell, comedians Jenny Eclair and Mark Steel, internationally acclaimed crime writers Mark Billingham and John Connolly, and million-selling author Ann Cleeves, alongside Benet Brandreth and Chocolat author Joanne Harris MBE. For children and families there’s a Roald Dahl-themed programme of events. For young people there’s an exciting Generation Z programme including one-man human beatbox Testament and theatre shows The Devil Speaks True and 21,000 Miles of Rail.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing at Rochdale Borough Council, said:

“All our festival venues are easy to get to via bus so this is the perfect partnership, especially with the Transport Interchange located next to our flagship venue, Number One Riverside. This festival is really establishing itself for writers and readers and is a real autumn highlight. Come along and festival-goers old and new will find a friendly atmosphere, a warm welcome and an exciting programme!”