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Monday 14 October – Monday 21 October 2019

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Festival Launch 2019

Monday, 14 October 2019

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Suitable for: 14+


The festival will launch with a very special event: the unveiling of a new blue plaque at Touchstones Rochdale in honour of local couple, Annie and Frank Maskew, whose generous bequest made the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival possible.

This evening will also see the debut of a specially-commissioned graphic novel telling the story of how Annie and Frank met and the impact their generosity has had for the library, arts and culture in Rochdale. You will hear from the artist who created the graphic novel, local community leaders, and best-selling and award-winning author Will Hussey.

Will specialises in transformational thinking and has a degree in Physical and Adventure Education – which is pretty much how he believes all education should be. The latest title from Will and his colleagues at The Art of Brilliance, Zest: How to Squeeze the max out of Life brings laugh-out-loud philosophy into every day thinking and is a catalyst for making big differences out of little changes.