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Tuesday 17 October - Monday 23 October 2017

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Festival news

The latest announcements and updates for this year’s festival, plus archived articles from 2016 to 2013.

What a week!!


Performance poet Tony Walsh read some of his best known work as well as a co-operative themed poem he’d written especially for the festival in the magnificent setting of the Church of St Mary in the Baum to bring the biggest Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival to a close.  The hugely popular artist got a […]

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Back and better than ever!!

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The biggest arts event in the borough – returns next week, bringing stars of page, stage and screen to town with nearly 40 shows. From Tuesday, 17 October until Monday, 23 October, our festival will feature drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows, plus a Generation Z programme for 14 to 25 year olds. Whilst over […]

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The secret’s out – check out our children’s shows

There’s lots for children and families to look forward to this year. With a ‘secret agent’ theme, children can use their programme, (available now from your local library) in Rochdale town centre to help unravel the mystery behind the theft of the key that winds the town hall clock!! On Saturday, 21 October 2017 at […]

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Sir Michael Parkinson forced to cancel appearance


Sir Michael Parkinson has had to cancel his appearance at the festival while he recovers from a back operation. The chat show legend was due to appear at the Gracie Fields Theatre in Rochdale next month as part of our 7 day festival. His agent released a statement saying Sir Michael recently visited hospital in […]

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Book now!! Last chance to grab Early Bird tickets


There’s just a few days left to book special Early Bird tickets for this year’s festival, which has seen the highest opening sales in its 5-year history. Star names like legendary chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson, comedian Jenny Eclair and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson have helped to boost early ticket sales. Tickets have […]

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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 […]

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More names added to line-up


More headline guests are on the line-up for this year’s festival. Our 7 day festival in October will include humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE, former Home Secretary and MP Alan Johnson, along with one of the UK’s best loved crime writers, Mandasue Heller. 26 years ago, Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie’s special envoy Terry […]

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Trio of star guests booked for 2017 festival


The first names on the line-up for this year have been revealed. Our 7 day festival in October 2017 will feature talk show legend Sir Michael Parkinson, comedian and novelist Jenny Eclair, and Manchester poet Tony Walsh aka Longfella. Michael Parkinson will be looking back at his life and career interviewing many of the most […]

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2017 dates confirmed

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We’re back this October, and the dates for our first-ever 7 day run are now confirmed! The festival will run from Tuesday 17 to Monday 23 October with a packed week of exciting arts for all ages. Events will cover drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows. For young people aged 14 to […]

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Successful ideas – fabulous fourth year


October’s festival was the best yet with record ticket sales of over 3,200 and more than 4,000 people attending. Ticket sales were the highest in our four-year history, with hundreds more attending unticketed events throughout the weekend and preview shows earlier in October. Revenue from ticket sales was £16,298 and spending by festival-goers in the borough […]

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