Another exciting chapter in the 5-year history of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival will be written this October .

This year’s spectacular literary showcase will run from Monday, 15 October – Monday, 22 October 2018 and we are promising 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 is being put together, with plans to commission a brand new piece of work specially for the festival.

Over 3,000 people attended last year’s festival with the programme including events featuring Tony Walsh, Jenny Eclair, Alan Johnson, Terry Waite CBE, Jessica Rankin and many more.

The highly-anticipated 2018 festival will include guest speakers and writers and is aimed at celebrating and promoting the Maskew Collection of classic literature and philosophy at Rochdale Central Library, encouraging people to engage with books and ideas. Annie and Frank Maskew, a Rochdale couple who shared a passion for reading and thinking, met in Rochdale Central Library in the 1950s and left a sum of money to be used on resources and events related to literature and philosophy to ensure classic works are available for future generations.

The annual autumn festival, which began in 2013, includes events at venues across the borough of Rochdale.

Authors, performers and workshops will start to be confirmed from April 2018 onwards, with tickets on sale from 10am on Monday, 30 July 2018.


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