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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival news

Top UK broadcaster and writer added to line-up

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 millions for his work in print, on radio and television. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudiceand Adventures on the High Teas and he hosts the afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music with Mark Radcliffe.

Stuart Maconie with his book, Long Road From Jarrow.

His latest book recounts how in the autumn of 1936, 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries – 80 years on, Stuart walked from north to south retracing their route. From choral evensong to curry house, from austerity to affluence and from Wearside to Westminster, the evening at St Chad’s Parish Church in Rochdale promises an entertaining, impassioned and enlightening journey through Britain, then and now.

Over 1000 tickets have already been sold for the festival which covers drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows. For young people aged 14 to 25, there’s a series of ‘Generation Z’ events.

Councillor Janet Emsley Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture said:

“With just under a month to go we’ve already sold well over 1000 tickets, make sure you check out the website and book your tickets. I’m excited to welcome all the performers and audiences to Rochdale this October. We have a packed programme – an amazing combination of international names from theatre, comedy, poetry, workshops and more.”