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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 2013 to 2015.

Literature and ideas delight


Poet Ian McMillan and his son Andrew, accompanied by two choirs brought the curtain down on a record breaking festival last night, in the magnificent setting of the Church of St Mary in the Baum.  Crowds turned out in their thousands over the 6 days to watch top names including Jenny Eclair, Owen Jones, Simon Callow, […]

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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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Stage set for best festival!!


This year’s star-studded festival kicks off on Wednesday (19 October) with six days of music, comedy, readings, children’s shows, interviews, talks, workshops, and more. A host of well-known authors and speakers will perform at our festival, which runs until the evening of Monday 24 October. The packed line-up, which is full of exciting talent, aims […]

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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. Throughout the autumn the BBC is partnering with some of the UK’s […]

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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. 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, […]

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Festival finale set for musical spectacular


A unique musical performance is being put together as part of this month’s festival, and will be premiered during the finale on Monday 24 October in the spectacular setting of the Church of St Mary in the Baum. ‘Volumes’, featuring poet extraordinaire Ian McMillan alongside his son, the award winning poet, Andrew McMillan and two […]

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Four Weddings star Simon Callow completes line-up


Actor, director and writer Simon Callow completes the line-up for this autumn’s festival. The ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘Room with a View’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’ star will be with us on Friday 21 October. Awarded a CBE for services to drama, Simon is one of the UK’s finest and best-loved actors, known for […]

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Alastair Campbell books in!!


Another big name has confirmed an appearance at next month’s festival. Alastair Campbell, the writer, communicator, commentator and strategist best known for his role as former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications will be joining us on Saturday 22 October. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, […]

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Young producers needed for Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival 2017

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival’s new Young Programming & Producing Team is calling for all 16 to 25 year olds in the borough interested in music, theatre, or the arts generally, to get in touch. A pioneering scheme will support four young people from diverse backgrounds to help programme events in the 2017 festival. Working […]

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