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 […]Read more on 'See you soon – 2018 dates confirmed'
The latest announcements and updates for this year’s festival, plus archived articles from 2016 to 2013.
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 email@example.comRead more on 'Young writers, we want you!'
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 […]Read more on 'What a week!!'
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 […]Read more on 'Back and better than ever!!'
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 […]Read more on 'The secret’s out – check out our children’s shows'
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 […]Read more on 'Sir Michael Parkinson forced to cancel appearance'
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 […]Read more on 'Book now!! Last chance to grab Early Bird 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 […]Read more on '25% off Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival tickets'
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 […]Read more on 'More names added to line-up'
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 […]Read more on 'Trio of star guests booked for 2017 festival'