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Monday 15 October - Monday 22 October 2018

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Festival news

Here you’ll find the latest announcements and updates for this year’s festival, plus archived articles.

Top UK broadcaster and writer added to line-up

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Another famous name has been added to our line-up. At 7pm on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie will be sharing stories and insights from his retracing of the famous Jarrow March, as explored in his latest book Long Road from Jarrow: A Journey Through Britain Then and Now. Stuart is familiar to […]

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Young producers wanted

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Are you interested in the arts, live shows and performances? Would you like to get more involved and have your voice heard? Right now we’re on the lookout for young people aged 16 to 25 to take part in a pioneering scheme that will see you attend a wide range of shows and other events, […]

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Early birds go!! 25% off tickets

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Tickets are now on sale, so get yours early and save money this month. All festival shows priced over £5 will be available with an Early Bird discount of 25% until 4pm on Monday, 27 August 2018. You can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale. This […]

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First guests announced

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The first four names on our line-up have been revealed. Our eight-day festival in October will feature internationally acclaimed poet Simon Armitage CBE, television presenter and triathlete Louise Minchin, actress, author and presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE and women’s rights activist Dr Helen Pankhurst. Simon Armitage CBE will make a welcome return, after performing a […]

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Danny’s writing talents take centre stage

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An aspiring young writer will have his ‘A Different story of Rochdale’ narrative performed on the stage after winning our playwriting competition. Danny Lamb will now be mentored by playwright Nicola Schofield after impressing judges with his creative writing and gripping storyline. The award-winning writer will work with Danny to turn his exciting idea into […]

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Powerful tales to be told in Rochdale

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Acclaimed writers will be heading to Rochdale next month to mark Mother Language Day – a worldwide celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity. Poets Ian Duhig and David Herd will be joined by Anna Pincus, founder of the Refugee Tales project. Together they will share stories made in collaboration with refugees, casting a light on […]

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See you soon – 2018 dates confirmed

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Another exciting chapter in our 5-year history will be written this October. This year’s festival will run from Monday, 15 October 2018 to Monday, 22 October 2018 – 8 days of exciting arts for all ages. Events will cover drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows. For young people aged 14-25, another exciting ‘Generation Z’ programme […]

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Young writers, we want you!

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Aged 14 to 25? We’d love you to to contribute to ‘Unmasked’, a zine of stories, creative writing and art to be published later in 2018 by unmaskedzine.com To find out more, email unmasked@fluxmagazine.com

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What a week!!

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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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