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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

Live at the festival – Lauren Laverne’s Radio 6 Music show

BBC Radio 6 Music will be broadcasting live from the festival next week.  On Friday 21 October Lauren Laverne will be presenting her popular music and chat show from Rochdale Central Library at Number One Riverside on Smith Street from 10am – 1pm.

Lauren Laverne

Throughout the autumn the BBC is partnering with some of the UK’s leading literacy and literary organisations for #LovetoRead including Society of Chief Librarians, The Reading Agency, National Literacy Trust, Book Trust and The Publishers Association.

Guests already confirmed for Lauren’s Rochdale show include one man beatbox and rapper ‘Testament,’ comedian and Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival guest Mark Steel and singer/songwriter Billie Marten.  Last year Billie was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2016 Award and describes her music as “a mix between acoustic, folky and a little indie.” The programme will be broadcast live from Rochdale on DAB radio.

Jonty Claypole, BBC Director of Arts, said:

“Authors and books have always been at the heart of the BBC, but with #Lovetoread 2016 our ambition is to move reading further up our agenda; to include more people, let everyone have a say on the books that matter most to them and importantly inspire a new generation to love reading. We’ll work with leading partners and use the BBC’s full range of services – TV, radio and online, national and regional – to inspire the whole of Britain to join a unique national conversation about books.”

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

“Each year we try to broaden the festival’s reach and attract new audiences, raising the national profile of this wonderful event, and Rochdale in the process. This live broadcast is another example of how the event is growing.  Ticket sales so far have been our best yet, with some shows already sold out. I am very pleased to see Rochdale library now re-opened and look forward to welcoming BBC 6 Music to the festival.”

BBC 6 Music – Lauren Laverne