Two internationally acclaimed crime writers will be appearing at the Rochdale Literature &​ Ideas Festival​.

​The 6-day festival in October 2016 will include the multiple award winning Mark Billingham and John Connolly ‘In Conversation,’ chatting about their best-selling novels and the murky world of crime fiction. 

Mark’s series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel of The Year Award. His standalone thriller In the Dark was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by The Times and his debut novel, Sleepyhead, was chosen by The Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, and Good As Dead, Rush of Blood, The Bones Beneath and Time of Death, all topped the bestsellers lists.

To mark the tenth​ anniversary of the publication of The Book of Lost Things, publisher Hodder and Stoughton are re-releasing John Connolly’s bestselling novel. John, best known for his crime thrillers, has always brought into his books elements that bounce them out of genre. These have included strands of ghost story, gothic, even mythology, but also the bleakest of fairy tales. In The Book of Lost Things, he gives his dark imagination full rein. Allegorical, lyrical, extraordinarily well-observed, with moments of pure genius and humour, this is in a book about childhood, coming of age, and the impact of reading on a child.

Mark Billingham and John Connolly join previously-announced festival guests: political commentator and journalist Owen Jones, Chocolat author Joanne Harris MBE and comedians Mark Steel and Jenny Eclair. The full programme is announced this month.

The festival runs from Wednesday 19 to Monday 24 October 2016 and organisers Rochdale Borough Council are promising a double helping of arts for all ages.

Events will cover drama, comedy, music, theatre, films, visual arts and children’s shows.

The festival will include guest speakers, authors and writers and aims to celebrate and promote the Maskew Collection of classic literature and philosophy at Rochdale Central Library, encouraging people to engage in reading and thinking. It will include events at venues in Rochdale town centre and boroughwide. ​


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