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Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival early bird tickets released

05 August 2019

Konnie Huq.

Tickets for Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival are now on sale, with up to 25 per cent off, so organisers are urging book fans, literature lovers and culture vultures to get theirs early and save money this August.

Book tickets for 2 or more shows and you'll get an early bird discount until 4pm on Tuesday, 27 August 2019. You can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones in Rochdale. Early birds save 10 per cent if booking 2 events, 15 per cent for 3 events, 20 per cent for 4 and 25 per cent off if booking tickets for 5 or more festival shows.

This year, there are over 30 events in 10 venues from Monday, 14 October to Monday, 21 October 2019 during our festival, plus preview events earlier in October. Please note that preview events are excluded from the early bird offer.

Shows announced this week include Gogglebox star the Reverend Kate Bottley, who will be talking about her road to faith and philosophy on life. Children's author and television presenter Konnie Huq will present her family science show and international bestselling crime author and poet Sophie Hannah will be talking about her work.

Sophie Hannah.

The festival also features the previously announced feel-good fiction writer Milly Johnson, blogger, author and activist Erin Ekins, popular children's authors Harry Heape and Hannah Lee, as well as award winning illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill.

'A packed programme'

Events will cover drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children's shows. For young people aged 14 to 25, there will be another 'Generation Z' programme.

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

"Our early bird offer is always popular, so once again we are encouraging people to book early, with hundreds of tickets reduced until 27 August. The more events you book, the bigger the saving and with the majority of tickets already £6 or less it's a very good value festival. We have a packed programme - an amazing combination of international names, theatre, comedy, poetry, workshops and more."

Reverend Kate Bottley.

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, The Royal Toby and Rochdale Sixth Form College.