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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

Fun for families

This year’s festival is packed full of activities for children and young book lovers.

Children’s author and television presenter Konnie Huq will present her family science show at Number One Riverside on Monday, 21 October 2019 – introducing you to Cookie and The Most Annoying Boy in the World, the first in her sparkling new series.

The session with Konnie will include non-stop comedy fun with live draw-alongs, brain-busting quizzes and games galore. That is being followed by the chance to try out real life science and engineering experiments with a team of STEM Ambassadors from the Museum of Science and Industry. Whether you love chemistry, dinosaurs or engines, there’ll be something to get your brain ticking.

Olivia Lomenech Gill.

Olivia Lomenech Gill, award-winning illustrator of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is also the acclaimed illustrator of Michael Morpurgo’s Where My Wellies Take Me, shortlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal. At The Curtain Theatre in Rochdale on Saturday, 19 October 2019 she’ll be talking about the processes she uses to bring JK Rowling’s magical creations to colourful life.

Anne Fine credit Carsten Murawski.

Anne Fine OBE, the 2nd Children’s Laureate will be celebrating 30 years since her classic novel ‘Madame Doubtfire.’ On Saturday, 19 October 2019 she’ll host a question and answer session at Rochdale Sixth Form College Theatre as well as talking about her work and upcoming novels, followed by a showing of the Mrs Doubtfire film starring Robin Williams on the big screen.

On Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale performance poet Terry Caffrey will be presenting his work live on stage. The National Football Museum’s multi-award winning poet in residence will be delivering a laughter packed as well as educational workshop. The children’s favourite has performed in over 3,000 schools and he’ll be bringing his trademark mischievous humour to Rochdale for the first time.

Harry Heape’s Shiny Pippin books have proven a big hit with children of all ages and he’s promising a fun and very interactive family event to celebrate his popular series, aimed at children aged 7+.

Hannah Lee.

On Monday, 21 October 2019 Hannah Lee will be discussing her vibrant new children’s book about one little girl’s search for the best party hair!! Her session will include crafts and laughs as children listen to the story and then design their own unique hairstyles.

Marie Basting.

Marie Basting, author of the new children’s book Princess BMX will be bringing fun, laughter and a love of sports to Rochdale Sixth Form College Theatre on Sunday, 20 October 2019.

Book tickets online now

As well as the children’s programme there’s a full line-up of shows for grown-ups from 14-21 October during the festival organised by Rochdale Borough Council.  Other guests include broadcaster John Craven, feel-good fiction writer Milly Johnson, Gogglebox star and Radio 2 star Reverend Kate Bottley, author and activist Erin Ekins, international bestselling crime author, poet Sophie Hannah and many more.

The festival is organised by Rochdale Borough Council, supported by the Maskew Bequest and sponsored by creative digital media company –JGM Agency, The Royal Toby and Rochdale Sixth Form College.