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Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival sees record ticket sales
- 09 December 2015
This year’s programmeincluded talks by actress Helen Lederer, playwright Bonnie Greer OBE, comedian Dom Joly, historian David Starkey and author Jonathan Harvey. The Flying Horse Hotel hosted Andy Kershaw’s acclaimed one-man live show and other highlights included ‘Emmerdale’ star and photographer Bill Ward, the Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and poet Lemn Sissay.
Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing atfestival organisers Rochdale Borough Council, said there was great support from the public: “This year really reflected the hard work that the festival team put in to this event. Now we’re in our third year we’re building our database, our presence on social media and we distributed our programmes to a wider audience. Despite the challenging economic climate the festival had an excellent year.”
Dwayne Wells, Commercial Development Manager from First Manchester, sponsor of the popular Around the World in 80 Days children’s theatre show staged at Touchstones said: “This really was a fabulous festival and we were pleased to be part of one of Rochdale’s most prestigious events. First Bus likes to support our local communities and this encourages reading and learning so was fantastic. The performances of Around the World in 80 Days were superb and provided enjoyment for hundreds of families.”
The festival celebrates and promotes the Maskew Collection of classic literature and philosophy at Rochdale Central Library, encouraging people to engage in thought and philosophy. It is due to the generosity of Annie and Frank Maskew, a Rochdale couple who shared a passion for reading and thinking, who originally met in Rochdale Library. They 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.
For more on the event, photos and video highlights visit www.rochdaleliteraturefestival.co.uk.
Issued by Rochdale Borough Council 09/12/15