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Early birds go!! 25% off Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival tickets

13 August 2018

Louise Minchin. Tickets for Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival are on sale now, with 25% off, so book yours early and save money this month. 

All festival shows priced over £5 will be available with an Early Bird discount of 25% until 4pm on Monday, 27 August 2018. You can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale.

This year there are over 35 events in 15 venues from Monday, 15 October 2018 - Monday, 22 October 2018 during the festival, plus preview events earlier in October.

Shows announced this week include comedian, author and poet Gervase Phinn, best known for his warm-hearted reminisces of his life as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. The award-winning bestselling author Harry Sidebottom will be talking about his latest novel The Last Hour - a gripping thriller set in Rome and the Mad Theatre Company will present their latest play – an irreverent and heart-warming look back at what life was probably like in the North West a hundred years ago. Plus an assistant BBC producer will be providing tips on getting your script commissioned for television or radio in a ‘BBC Writersroom’ event.

'Book early, with hundreds of tickets reduced until Monday, 27 August 2018'

Gervase Phinn.

The festival also features the previously announced poet Simon Armitage CBE, television presenter and triathlete Louise Minchin, actress, author and presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE and women’s rights activist Dr Helen Pankhurst.

Events will cover drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows. For young people aged 14 to 25, another ‘Generation Z’ programme is being put together.

Councillor Janet Emsley cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture said:

“Last year over 3,000 people attended the festival and our Early Bird offer is always very popular, so once again we are encouraging people to book early, with hundreds of tickets reduced until 27 August. We have a packed programme - an amazing combination of international names, theatre, comedy, poetry, workshops and more.”

The festival 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 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 festival is organised by us, supported by the Maskew Bequest and sponsored by creative digital media company, JGM Agency.

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